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Old 09-16-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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i want to set up a car to tow behind....and wondering how many people do that and what their experience is.

even more... i want to triple tow... my bus, my dinghy tow, and a trailer w/atv.

im guessing about 5000 lbs for the car, and 2000 lbs for the atv....not more than 7000 total towing
the bus has the cummins 5.9 with the allison 540 tranny....weight wise i'm am ok..... just don't know about the wisdom of it

any thoughts and experiences on the topic appreciated
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like a Slinky to me I'd guess the bus would be a little stressed under the load but even if it can do the work, as far as I know, the only place it is legal to tow more than one trailer like that is on a few Federal highways. I'm sure there is some way to find out for sure but I've never thought about looking into it. Jack
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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Either tow a trailer that can hold both or flat tow a truck with the 4 wheeler in the bed. Triples SUCK
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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Re: towing with skoolie -

I find it amazing to watch a double/triple tow flip over. We've seen it happen a few times. Everything looks like it is in slow motion when the things go airborne. We would only do it in case we had to leave in a hurry due to a disaster (fire or hurricane) and we would not be moving very fast either. Ofcourse we no longer have to haul the food cart around with us so we do not need to triple tow.

We tow a 5,500 lb Jeep Grand Cherokee with our BlueBird FE (40 ft). David says you can't feel it back there. We use an older Stowmaster 5000 towbar that is rated for 6000 lbs (I think the newer ones are only rated to 5000 lb). David didn't feel it when the Jeep blew out a front tire and dragged it long enough to chew up the fancy rim ( ) before I could get him to pull over (I was following in the old Class C).

We have added a 150cc touring scooter to our mix and will stick it on a hitchmounted motorcycle rack mounted on the back of the Jeep.

Many campgrounds will charge you extra to store your car trailer or a dolly. We thought about buying a pickup truck and putting a flat bed on it so that we could haul a trike. We got the scooter instead.
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You would have to get a multiple trailer endorsement on your license
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hmmmmmm

reading more about weights and trailers........

if i get a car hauler big enough to carry both, that gonna add about 4000 lbs (the trailer) to the towing weight, putting me up around 11 or 12k towing. yikes!

locally, the triple is legal. here is a blog post about tripling rvs.

http://bishsrv.wordpress.com/2012/03...-need-to-know/

the more i read the more im confused!
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Re: towing with skoolie -

I flat tow a '69 bug (1800 pounds). Hardly know its back there.
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Re: towing with skoolie -

In California, I think a Class A with an endorsement for doubles. Be prepared to get pulled over by cops that don't know what's legal and by cops that do for fishing. Not worth it. I say long trailer for both or change car to truck and put ATV in back.
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Or this.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-r...r-build-3.html
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Re: towing with skoolie -

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I flat tow a '69 bug (1800 pounds). Hardly know its back there.
I'll drink to that; less is more at least for vacation travel. I'd like to get a new Fiat 500 'cause they're cute. Second choice is a Bug like yours. Either one painted like a skunk of course.

I've heard that the problem with excessive weight isn't so much about inadequate "get up and go" but inadequate ability to stop!
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