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Triple Towing (pulling two trailers)…anyone done it?

I have a small 20ft bumper pull camper with a custom hitch welded into the frame so that I can put a ball hitch on it, or bike rack, or anything else I want. I few times, I’ve towed my 10ft utility trailer with a couple of ATV’s on it behind my camper. At first it seemed a little sketchy, but after a while I got used to the idea of another trailer back there that I couldn’t see.

My 05’ F250 pulls it just fine, and I never had any issues. Even getting around tight spots at gas stations or camp ground, that little utility trailer just followed behind the camper….it wasn’t really a big deal at all. Now……I never attempted to back the thing up….I’m sure that would be a nightmare….but it’s easy enough to just disconnect the small utility trailer and push it around once I got to where I was going.

Anyone else tow two trailer…apparently they call it “triple towing”…..not sure why, you would think it would be called “double towing”.

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Illegal in many states including PA where I'm from
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I don't know that I would do it. Not illegal here in AK.
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pretty common. In fact it may be my route again lol. I have a short bed and a 4 dr side by side and the 5th wheels that can hold it are just out of the question. So im gonna most likely get a 20ft travel trailer and use the current trailer for the side by side.

I looked into utv truck bed racks and it puts the side by side over 13ft in the air and just not worth the hassel. I looked at truck bed campers but the super hitch required isn't made for my truck so triples it is.

Its not illegal in as many states as people think and not all even require a CDL or special endorsement. As long as you look at the FMSCA handbook and local regs you could be in the clear. A lot of times it comes down to total length, axel ratings, and local requirements etc.


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My buddy used to do it all the time in his 2016 Duramax with a freaking 35ft bumper pull camper and a 4-door UTV trailer behind that! It looked sketchy as crap, and I think he finally got sick of it. He didn't want a toy hauler (and couldn't afford them anyways with how freaking expensive they are). He finally ended up selling the UTV and get a few motorbikes to fit in the truck bed instead. Just wasn't worth the hassle. Not to mention the giant UTV's are limited to so few trails here in the Idaho and Utah mountains. I never saw the point in a UTV...too freaking big and expensive!
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Done it for decades. Its only legal in half the states. Works great if the first trailer dwarfs the second. When they are similar size it gets hairy quick. Been there won’t go back. Now I tow a 47 foot 27k trailer with a 16 foot 3k trailer in tow, no issue. Most states say 65 feet max I’ve never been checked and I’m way over that...


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Double, triple, tandem, and combination towing. All different terms for the same thing-towing two trailers. In Texas it’s allowed as long as total length doesn’t exceed 65’. Some states allow it and others don’t. Down here a corolla pulling 2 cars doesn’t even get a second look. You might be ok claiming ignorance as long as you don’t have a CDL.
I’ve done it, and felt it a bit sketchy, but that was many years ago as a kid during harvest season. I’ve pulled 3 trailers, but with a tractor on farm roads-not quite the same.
Keep the weight on the first trailer, and watch your speed. I’ll assume your camper has brakes and the utility trailer doesn’t. I’ll also assume the camper is a tandem axle, and the other is a single axle. I personally wouldn’t tow a single axle in a combination, but that’s just me. It sounds like you are comfortable and can safely do it. They can get squirrelly just on their own. Tongue weight would be a consideration, but I’m sure it’s well within limits.
Now backing up? Haha. I can’t do it in combination. Two pivot points can make things interesting. Not something I can do, but I’m sure there are a few that can.
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I'm in Missouri. I'm pretty sure it's legal here.
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In many states it is "legal" but only on an interstate highway and within a certain distance of your exit/destination. This is why you dont see any doubles being pulled through downtown. They do have dedicated routes for them here in NY but they are quite strict about it. Also here in NY the law says that the furthest back trailer MUST have trailer brakes. Probably due to our weather conditions in the winter. They dont want that tail trailer jack knifing you when you step on the brake.

Im sure come small village cop could write you a handfull of tickets for it. But if your smart about it, and play dumb when you get pulled over you might be alright.
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I basically grew-up in a truck stop in Tucson back in the Sixties and sets of doubles were very common on the road. As was mentioned previously, there was an overall length maximum of 65 or 70'. The last trailer or "pup" will follow the lead trailer's tracking and because the trailers are shorter than the standard 40' trailer, they can turn corners and so forth better than the longer trailers. There was always (bs) talk of legendary truckers who supposedly were able to back-up these trailers but I certainly never met any of them...lol. I jockeyed the semi-trucks around the property to the wash rack or general parking areas and I tried once or twice to back those units without much success. It's probably possible to back them a very few feet before things go sideways but that's about it. The proper way is to break them down and spot one trailer at a time.
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