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Old 08-23-2012, 11:21 PM   #21
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How the heck do you launch the boat?

How else, very carefully.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:49 AM   #22
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How the heck do you launch the boat?
Drive fast and just hit the brakes!!!!!! Be sure to stop before you hit the water........
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:04 AM   #23
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How the heck do you launch the boat?
Most stacker trailers have a hydraulic lift system just like the big rig car haulers do. They put the boat on top because it lighter than the car for more safety. The key to stability is keeping the heavy unit on the bottom. Most boats are so light, you would not even know its up there. The real cool thing about this is you already need a trailer to tow a boat anyway. Why not make it haul your car too. Your car would eat way less road debris, less ware and tear, and now more scuffing the edges of your front tires.

By far the best option for towing two units.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #25
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Or you could just get an inflatable boat and stuff it in the trunk of the car.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:28 AM   #26
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Thanks for your replies everyone. I didn't say I was going to double/triple tow. I just mentioned it to reference one of the options people use, safe or not. I was thinking along the lines of a stacker (or double decker) trailer. Another option would be a long car trailer capable of two cars; except you could drive a truck towing a boat onto the trailer. However, that would most certainly exceed most states' length limits.
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Or you could just get an inflatable boat and stuff it in the trunk of the car.
We used to carry a 13 ft canoe on top of the car back when we tent camped. David & I (& our dog) paddled in many rivers & lakes including the Indian River/Intercoastal Waterway (not a good idea). The kids didn't like the canoe when they were little so we sold it. They didn't like the tent either at night (sold it & got the pop-up). We've looked at various inflatables. I would still like to get another short canoe. But we don't care for speed boats... moves too fast to look at stuff. And it's hard to put a speed boat in most of the creeks/streams/rivers in the Appalachian Mtns where we used to canoe.
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Just because you did it, and it seemed fine, doesn't mean it was. Your Jeep is a little bigger, and a lot stronger than a car. Your schoolie on a tight turn would drag the front tires of the jeep side ways and you would never know.

Again, I drove a Truck with the same wheelbase, overhang, ect. I've seen it happen.

The only way I can think of to correct that, would be a tow bar as long as the overhang on the bus. That would cancel out the swing. But for what the op wanted, this would make the over length problem worse.

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i towed vehices behind my bus twice using a tow bar. NEVER AGAIN! It was very hard on the steering components of the towed vehicles.

I had three flat tires along the way to california and back to michigan on my VW because it would tend to get dragged sideways. Also had to replace tie-rod ends after the trip.

I know there are people who love tow bars, but i am not one of them.

I would much rather pull a car-hauler trailer behind the bus.

As someone else mentioned, building a trailer that could haul the boat above the car would be ideal.
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Just because you did it, and it seemed fine, doesn't mean it was. Your Jeep is a little bigger, and a lot stronger than a car. Your schoolie on a tight turn would drag the front tires of the jeep side ways and you would never know.

Again, I drove a Truck with the same wheelbase, overhang, ect. I've seen it happen.

The only way I can think of to correct that, would be a tow bar as long as the overhang on the bus. That would cancel out the swing. But for what the op wanted, this would make the over length problem worse.

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i towed vehices behind my bus twice using a tow bar. NEVER AGAIN! It was very hard on the steering components of the towed vehicles.

I had three flat tires along the way to california and back to michigan on my VW because it would tend to get dragged sideways. Also had to replace tie-rod ends after the trip.

I know there are people who love tow bars, but i am not one of them.

I would much rather pull a car-hauler trailer behind the bus.

As someone else mentioned, building a trailer that could haul the boat above the car would be ideal.
I guess lornaschinske has a magic tow bar!!

lornaschinske, towing a single axle food cart is a completely different category, and has nothing in common with flat towing a four wheeled automobile.

My advise to you lornaschinske, is try to learn from what people are posting, rather than trying to prove your right. Being a "know it all" is a learning block. It wont do you any good in life. I only post for educational reasons to help others. Otherwize, I would not waist may time.

ALL automobiles that are flat towed using a tow bar suffer from advanced wear and tear. Its a fact of the way the steering is forced around corners. Some just show it faster than others.

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Legal?????
Some people here in Tennessee tow their Toad vehicle and boat behind their motorhome or bus if you like..... The key is to stay under 65 ft overall...
You need to find out what your legal length is for your state. From what I understand, some states you cannot be over a certain length NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE TITLED. Double/triple towing is dangerous. It's not how much can you pull but how much can you stop. Crosswinds will make driving very hazardous. There are some stretches of road/interstate that it is illegal to triple tow on. We are very leery of double/triple towing. That has a great deal to do with what we have seen. When we were living in Socorro (NM), we would drive up to Albuquerque about once a week on I25. During spring/summer/early fall we would see a flipped RV/toys or the remains of a flipped RV/toys on the side of the road every week. Plus we have watched a few loose it. One was really impressive. I did not know a travel trailer could sling a vehicle up in the air like that. Whole set up was air borne. Worthy of an Olympic gymnast. Amazing that no one was killed. Not only could you not tell that the RV was a trailer but you would never have known they were pulling a boat either. Crosswinds. Double/triple towing is dangerous. Would we do it? Depends. IF we had to leave out for what ever reason (hurricane, fire, flood) and one of us was unable to drive due to illness or injury, then yes. The BlueBird is capable of towing/stopping our Jeep (4 down) plus the food cart. This would put us between 60-65 ft I believe. I've never measured the overall length. But to double/triple tow just because we could? NO! I would not risk a ticket in NM (65 ft OA and requires supplemental braking system which we do not have). They are using traffic tickets as a way to raise revenue. It's so bad that I now call the state & local cops "revenuers" since all they are interested in is writing revenue producing tickets.

You CANNOT back up. You must unhook (also a problem when we tow the Jeep 4 down).

While you can generally double/triple tow on most interstates (with a few sections prohibited due to winds). It's once you get off the federal roads that trouble occurs.

Most states won't ticket an RV for double/triple towing or being over length because it's a private vehicle. But if a cop decides you "look" unsafe or wants any reason to pull you over, the long length will provide the "excuse". Then again it's also a good revenue maker. Most states need to make up budget shortfalls.

While traveling in various states over the years, I have seen RV's pulled over that looked too long and they WERE being measured. I don't know about anyone else here but I can't afford the fine nor the resulting insurance increase.

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http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?s...dpost&p=556147 I talked with a guy pulling a toy hauler at a rest area here in Oregon last week, and he told me they flagged him into a check station in Florida. They got out a tape measure, and docked him a $1000 fine for being 3 inches over length. He said he was pulling a 45' toy hauler with a Duramax.
TOWING LAWS LISTED BY STATE Also lists legal overall heights by state

No Triple Towing States -- Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.


Read the laws and make your decision. If you decide to double/triple tow then get the supplemental braking systems and use them.

I'm surprised that Oregon doesn't allow triples and has a 50' length limit. They run trucks on I5 pulling 3 X 28' trailers.
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