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Old 10-08-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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Re: towing with skoolie -

To me biggest issue is what tranny he has, 545 maybe if your real anal about gages and don't mindunhooking for big up and downs
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:54 AM   #12
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Re: Triple tow (actually double tow)
I have a doubles/triples endorsement. I passed the written endorsement, but have never used it in real life. Three trailers behind the power unit is verboten everywhere in the state, cross-country rigs must drop the third trailer before crossing the state line.

Long doubles (tractor and two semi-trailers) are only legal on the Thruway ($$$$), plus a couple dozen named exits so you can reach a truck stop, or designated parking spot where you leave the rear trailer for later pick-up. Apparently, there is a law allowing short doubles on other roads. I have seen semis towing two mini-trailers (micro-trailers?) on freebee interstates, as long as the overall length of the combination is under some limit.

Talking to the DOT guys and the troopers, towing two trailers with bumper hitches is not legal even with the CDL endorsement. You have to have a front semi-trailer (fifth-wheel "5R" trailer would qualify), and they say that the rear trailer MUST have the front weight rest on a dolly pulled by the front trailer. You MIGHT get away with an MDT towing a 5R on the king pin, with the 5R towing a boat, toad or toy hauler if you had a doubles CDL and were under the shorties overall length, but don't count on it. A skoolie bumper-towing a 4-down toad towing anything behind it would be a fail.

Other states might not be so "lenient."
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:36 PM   #13
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Re: towing with skoolie -

double or "triple" is relatively common out here......

i will pay closer attention to the rigs i see doing it. however.....


rechecking the weights of the bus..... the scale says 18k.... the gvwr is 26.5k

weight wise..... i think one at a time is all she can handle legally.
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:23 PM   #14
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Get a 2WD pickup (2WD can be towed 4 wheels on pavement, depending on the model. Check with manufacturer.) Put a rack on it. Put your ATV in the truck bed, and your dinghy on the rack. Tow the truck 4 wheels down.
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(2WD can be towed 4 wheels on pavement, depending on the model. Check with manufacturer.)
I didn't think a 2WD anything could be towed four-down without a disconnect for the tranny.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:39 PM   #16
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Some can. Stick shifts can, some of the newer autos can.

Driveshaft disconnects are stupid expensive, trading in for a 4wd is a better option in most cases. Or buying a flatbed...
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Some can. Stick shifts can, some of the newer autos can.
Stick. Of course. I forgot about stick shifts.

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Driveshaft disconnects are stupid expensive, trading in for a 4wd is a better option in most cases. Or buying a flatbed...
Unless you can't afford either one.
I refuse to trade in my car for another one. Claudia is getting a disconnect switch for her tranny unless I go the trailer route (and I have an idea that my mother is just gonna HATE for it, too. I enjoy giving my mother headaches).
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:20 PM   #18
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Yeah, everyone forgets about sticks--because they don't really make them anymore.

Do you have a lead on a cheap disconnect? The ones I have found cost more than a trailer by the time they are installed.

Disconnect and tow bar (and brake buddy) are crazy expensive, even if you can find used. I find it a little crazy to spend more on connecting the vehicles than the vehicles themselves.
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Do you have a lead on a cheap disconnect?
Autozone has a disconnect switch for, like, 60$? Been a while since I looked. Will probably get it cheaper off* Amazon (it's AMAZING how much of my car stuff I've bought off Amazon because it's cheaper) and install it myself.

I'm the one that fixed the transmission in the RV. Pretty sure I can figure out how to install a disconnect on the Jeep's driveshaft. No prob, I've screwed around with the driveshaft before (granted, that was ALSO on the RV and was a pain in the hand, was easier to reinstall than take off).

*ETA: I cannae spell today. Too much marker fumes. Brain no thinky.
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(2WD can be towed 4 wheels on pavement, depending on the model. Check with manufacturer.)
I didn't think a 2WD anything could be towed four-down without a disconnect for the tranny.
If it's a manual 5 speed putting it in neutral disengages the transmission. I forgot to mention that. You wouldn't want to try this with an automatic transmission in your towed vehicle.
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