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Old 10-12-2019, 07:10 PM
Kevin23 Kevin23 is offline
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That sounds like an absolute nightmare of an idea. Wouldn't even consider it with less than a 1 ton pickup with a 5th wheel.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:18 PM
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My wife has a jeep grand Cherokee limited. I don't think I would even consider towing my ZV18 with it let alone a camper and boat. Not that it won't do it but I have a 1/2 ton pickup that is much better suited for towing.
So there we were, 4 against 40, they were the toughest 4 I've ever seen

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Old 11-08-2019, 04:10 PM
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Oh this sounds bad.

First I would like to know which state allows ball-to-ball double towing. I'll avoid that one!

So let's assume a real small fifth. Say a 21', at 4500 lbs.
A 14' boat and trailer, at 1,000 lbs.

The boat should put ~15% on the ball of the fifth - about 150 lbs.
The fifth then might need another 1-200 lbs in front to counter-balance.
If his pin weight is normally 20%, that would be 900 lbs, plus the 200 - or 1100 in the bed.

Jeep payloads range from 1,100 to 1,600.
So with hitch, add-ons in the jeep, passengers, etc. it is very likely to be some, to extremely, overloaded.

If it really is ball-to-ball, then the first restrictive weight will be the receiver on the Jeep, even with a weight distributing hitch. The math would be pretty much the same, using 15% for the weight on the truck ball.

Of course all the above is fictitious - since I have no idea as to his real weights, trailers, hitches, etc.

Bigger fifths and trucks can do it, because their payload is a lot more and the need to counter-balance is nil in relation to their overall weight.

Every vehicle can pull a huge amount (relatively). But almost all can not carry the extra weight towing at the high end entails. When towing, size for payload first, not towing capacity. Newbie's getting an RV are stung by that every day after believing the RV salesman....

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Old 11-08-2019, 06:59 PM
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Ohio allows double towing. We see it alot with guys who drive van's for the Amish fisherman and have two boat trailers behind them.

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Old 12-15-2019, 06:42 AM
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North Dakota allows ball to ball as well. ****, ND allows most everything.
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Old 02-06-2020, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by brigeton View Post
I don't know where you're from but here double towing is only allowed with a 5th wheel so your Jeep is out. If you're asking about lights on the boat trailer you just wire a 4 flat plug into the lights on the rv.
Right on......only legal with a fifth wheel here in Michigan. additionally you cannot exceed 75' but most states that allow double tow, the max is 65' total length. In Michigan you must pass a written test and have a "double tow" endorsement on your license.

Not sure if Ontario has different rules but I have witnessed a double tow with a tag along travel trailer and a boat.
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Old 02-06-2020, 07:09 PM
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Well lets not be too hasty here, are we talking about a tiny little camper (840lbs) followed by like a 16ft jon boat and trailer at 1100lbs?

That doesn't seem unreasonable.

Personally I don't even like towing my 1100 lb boat/trailer in a midsize suv vs. a full size truck but I can't justify a full size truck.
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