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Revisit pulling two trailers

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Last week on the way north, I saw someone pulling a non-fifth-wheel with an additional trailer on the back.

One of the neighbors at Itasca came in with a travel trailer and boat hooked on the back. This guy was from Minnesota.

As has been discussed on this site, Minnesota laws only allow for pulling an additional trailer behind a 5er. Does anyone know if the law regarding this has been relaxed?

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Nutty Fisherman

I would check with the DMV to be sure, but I have heard as long as you are not over the legal length you would be OK.

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Jim Almquist

Ifalls I looked and this is what I found in the drivers manual but there could be some place else that would have a more defined version.

Trailer Requirements


Maximum length — 45 feet

Maximum width — 8 feet 6 inches

Maximum height — 13 feet 6 inches


Tail lamps — Two, red

Reflectors — Two, red

Rear license plate — One, white

Trailer stop and turn signals must be used for night driving and

whenever stop and turn signals on the towing vehicle are not visible

to other drivers.

The 102-inch width limit (8 feet, 6 inches) for recreational vehicles

does not include attachments that do not extend beyond the vehicleʼs

exterior rearview mirrors if the recreational vehicle is self-propelled.

The width of a trailer may not extend beyond the exterior rearview

mirrors of the towing vehicle.

Type A, B, or C motor homes may not be longer than 45 feet.

The general length limit for single-unit vehicles is 40 feet.

All trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 3,000 pounds or more

must be equipped with brakes.

All recreational trailers must have a clearly visible plate with

current registration.

A safety chain must be permanently attached to the trailer and

fastened to the vehicle used for towing.

Recreational Vehicle Combinations

Recreational vehicle combination means a combination of vehicles

consisting of a pick-up truck attached to a fifth-wheel camper-semitrailer

that has hitched to it a trailer. The trailer may carry a watercraft;

motorcycle; snowmobile; ATV; motorized golf cart; or equestrian

equipment or supplies.

You must be at least 18 years of age to drive a recreational vehicle

combination. The towing rating of the pickup must be equal to, or

greater than, the total weight of all vehicles being towed.

A recreational vehicle combination may not be more than 70 feet in

length. The middle vehicle in this combination may not be more than

28 feet in length.

A recreational vehicle combination may not be driven in the sevencounty

metropolitan area Monday through Friday during the hours of

6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m

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Recreational vehicle combination means a combination of vehicles

consisting of a pick-up truck attached to a fifth-wheel camper-semitrailer

that has hitched to it a trailer. The trailer may carry a watercraft;

motorcycle; snowmobile; ATV; motorized golf cart; or equestrian

equipment or supplies.

Thats how I've always understood it.

Pickup truck... 5th wheel trailer... trailer

These guys pulling other combinations haven't been visited by Mr. Patrolman yet. grin.gif

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