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Posted: 09/16/19 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I towed a "swivelwheel" type trailer for a few years and never checked with the DMV where I was going. I figured if I got stopped, I would be inconvenienced for a while, but no serious harm was going to be done. And backing up was never an issue.

FWIW I was never stopped, and I traveled through, and stopped in, several states that don't allow double towing. YMMV.


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On the Prowl -

A few years ago, I wanted to put a rack on the back of my 5er - and have a wheel that touched the ground (in CA). After reading the CA Dept. Of Transportation guidelines, and asking my local police, I was directed to the governing enforcement body - which was the California Highway Patrol.

For Alabama, you need to find out which enforcment body is responsible for understanding the way the laws are written and enforce it on behalf of the state.

What I found was the DMV was wrong, the local Police Dept, would ignore it, but the CHP understood it and were able to explain it in English from an enforcement perspective

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Dick_B wrote:

Good luck trying to back up!


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spud1957 wrote:

Dick_B wrote:

Good luck trying to back up!


Not a problem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-3_Ry7s4yg


Impressive, let's see him try that with my Kendon MC Trailer.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:



Impressive, let's see him try that with my Kendon MC Trailer.


Just because you cant. Farmers do that kind of **** every day

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Just because you cant. Farmers do that kind of **** every day


If the driver did not have a spotter I doubt it could have been done. My point is my MC Trailer is MUCH shorter than the Boat Trailer in vid making it VERY hard to see.

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On theProwl wrote:

Can someone provide a link for what state's this is legal in? I've searched and can't seem to find reliable info. Alabama specifically.

AS others say those clicky states websites aren't accurite in many cases. Or they don't tell the whole story.
Having towed for a living in a eight state area I found the only law enforcment departments that had the experience to answer combination/weights questions was a local state troop post. Either drop by or give them a call. The dispatcher can get you in contact with one of the posts certified size and weights officers to answer your questions.
Not all state troopers are certified size and weights. Same with about all city/county leo's. They, like anyone, have a opinion on the subject.


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If the driver did not have a spotter I doubt it could have been done. My point is my MC Trailer is MUCH shorter than the Boat Trailer in vid making it VERY hard to see.


Your MC trailer would be more difficult than the boat. I think I would be able to back it up behind a fiver without too much difficulty... I'd need a camera on the back of the fiver pointing down at the second trailer.

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"Your MC trailer would be more difficult than the boat. I think I would be able to back it up behind a fiver without too much difficulty... I'd need a camera on the back of the fiver pointing down at the second trailer."

That camera sure would make it MUCH easier. Short trailers are very difficult to back no matter how good you are.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

"Your MC trailer would be more difficult than the boat. I think I would be able to back it up behind a fiver without too much difficulty... I'd need a camera on the back of the fiver pointing down at the second trailer."

That camera sure would make it MUCH easier. Short trailers are very difficult to back no matter how good you are.


Maybe if you put some kind of fold out arm at the front and rear of your mc trailer so you could see it in your mirror while backing up you might have a chance.

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