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  • Boat Behind Travel Trailer

    Before we get interested in upgrading from tents to a Travel Trailer...
    -Missouri
    -2005 Durango
    -15' Tri-hull
    -Looking to drive up to 300 mi one-way

    I looked at http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm from the sticky, and it appears that it is legal to tow two trailers in Missouri with my Class F license. I've done some iboats forum searching and not found a lot of info regarding the how-tos (maybe there's a reason). We're looking at picking up a Travel Trailer in the 20' range. My question is, if it's legal, how does one tow a boat behind a Travel Trailer? Is there a tow package add-on to the TT?

    Our sucks option is to get a hitch for the minivan to haul the boat and take two vehicles... but that raises another set of problems.

    Thanks again,
    CHAD
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  • #2
    Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

    I believe the travel trailer must be a fifth-wheel in order to pull a boat or other trailer behind it.

    My dad had one for a while, couldn't stand pulling the double trailers. Sold the rig and bought a large camper for his F-450 and was a lot happier
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    • #3
      Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

      Originally posted by Lrider View Post
      I believe the travel trailer must be a fifth-wheel in order to pull a boat or other trailer behind it.

      My dad had one for a while, couldn't stand pulling the double trailers. Sold the rig and bought a large camper for his F-450 and was a lot happier
      There are weight restrictions and depends from state to state, but it doesn't always have to be a fifth-wheel!

      If you've checked your laws and it's legal then make sure you have the right gearing, trailer brakes on the TT, and a good knowledge of towing.

      My family has been pulling a bumper pull 19' camper with a double jet ski trailer behind that has the extra locker on board as well. We tow from Colorado Springs, CO to Ogallala, NE (around 300 miles) every year for the past 25 years! No problems since we got the Jet Skis back in '94. Towed currently with a 2005 F250 Superduty.

      I have towed a 14' camper and my '74 Glastron behind my '87 Suburban 1500 in the same fashion twice. Don't let anyone discourage you. Only problem may be in your tow vehicle choice.
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      • #4
        Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

        Originally posted by Lrider View Post
        I believe the travel trailer must be a fifth-wheel in order to pull a boat or other trailer behind it.
        I've been searching for an hour and can't find specifics, so I just now called the MO Highway Patrol HQ in town and asked the officer if it's legal to tow a boat behind a travel trailer. He said he sees that all the time. He put me on hold to check it, then came back and said as long as you're under the height and length restrictions, and have working lights and whatnot, then it's OK. I specifically asked about a Durango towing a TT, towing a boat. I should have just called to begin with...

        CHAD
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        • #5
          Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

          Glad to hear that Chad. I would still be careful about stopping with that vehicle and make sure you get brakes for your TT to help you stop! It's legal, but is it preferred if you're not set up for it?
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          • #6
            Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

            Originally posted by ClassyGlassy View Post
            Don't let anyone discourage you. Only problem may be in your tow vehicle choice.
            What trouble might I have with the Durango? It's rated something like 8500lbs towing, and I plan to keep it 20% under that amount.

            CHAD
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            • #7
              Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

              it's a brake issue! You will burn your brakes up fast if you don't get a trailer with trailer brakes..........

              That Durango may be rated for 8500lbs but it's for a short period of time, NOT continuous.

              Just be careful and make sure it's set up for it! Or be prepared for an accident when you're brakes go out.
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              • #8
                Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                The Durango transmission may not handle it for long either.
                No way i would pull that setup with a mid-size SUV.
                Short wheelbase will get you too...If it ever starts to sway going down the road you are in a fix...
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                • #9
                  Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                  Up here in Alberta Canada the first trailer must be a 5 wheel in order to pull a second but I would bet that would be the same restriction down there.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                    Originally posted by jusfloatin View Post
                    Up here in Alberta Canada the first trailer must be a 5 wheel in order to pull a second but I would bet that would be the same restriction down there.
                    depends on state... some are 5th wheel only, some require electrically activated trailer brakes on one or both trailers

                    also, this is one of those things that you WILL get nailed for if you drive through a state where your current setup isn't legal. doesn't matter that the state you started in allows it, it is your job to ensure it is legal in all states you drive through.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                      should be interesting, these are the states that limit towing to a fifth wheel

                      With certain qualifications. Only with fifth-wheel trailer in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Manitoba (maximum length 23m.) and Saskatchewan

                      Then there is some other restrictions, Mo: Total maximum combined length of 65 ft.

                      Brake laws are not stated for MO. but I suggest your heaviest vehicle havd brakes. Jack knifing is not fun
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                      • #12
                        Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                        Forgive my naivete, but why would the Durango transmission not be able to handle a ~5000lb trailer load? It has the tow/haul switch that changes the transmission shifting rpms.

                        Thanks for the wise words. Agreed the electronic brakes would be a necessity for the TT.

                        CHAD
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                        • #13
                          Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                          Originally posted by seedlings View Post
                          Forgive my naivete, but why would the Durango transmission not be able to handle a ~5000lb trailer load? It has the tow/haul switch that changes the transmission shifting rpms.

                          Thanks for the wise words. Agreed the electronic brakes would be a necessity for the TT.

                          CHAD
                          What Engine/gear ratio setup are you running?
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                          • #14
                            Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                            Originally posted by MTribe08 View Post
                            What Engine/gear ratio setup are you running?
                            2005 SLT AWD 5.7 Hemi, 3.55 ratio. I just looked, as I'm reading up on some Dodge forums too.

                            CHAD

                            edit* Just found http://www.trailerboats.com/towratin...t=&max_tlimit= where it says my setup has a tow rating of 7150lbs
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                            • #15
                              Re: Boat Behind Travel Trailer

                              Originally posted by seedlings View Post
                              2005 SLT AWD 5.7 Hemi, 3.55 ratio. I just looked, as I'm reading up on some Dodge forums too.

                              CHAD

                              edit* Just found http://www.trailerboats.com/towratin...t=&max_tlimit= where it says my setup has a tow rating of 7150lbs
                              Ok, with that Combo, I feel better. I had a Dodge 1500, with the 318 v8, 33" tires and 4.10 gears. Did pretty good towing about I towed a 65 mustang on a big heavy car hauler trailer across country. I did ok, but I wouldn't have wanted to double up..no way.

                              Like everybody has said, leave it out of overdrive, and make sure you have electric brakes on the TT. And I would be very cautious with your speed..with that small of a tow rig, you wouldn't want the tail to start wagging the dog.
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