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Speaking of towbars...

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by ljspop, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Jul 15, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

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    I've been trying to noodle a way that I can get the Jeep and maybe 2 motorcycles or maybe a quad out to the desert without having to get a really big trailer that I would have no place to store. One of the ideas that came to mind (after taking a long drag off Dan's crack pipe?) was to have a long towbar (I'd like to make a longer one anyhow) that I can mount a ramp and some tie downs on to and put the bike there. Is it a really bad idea to add a bunch of tongue weight to the towbar? Just another wacky idea.

    I've also considered double towing - i.e. pulling a small trailer behind the Jeep which is being flat towed. Not sure that's legal - and it sure would look weird. Kind of a toy train.

    I'd love to hear if anyone has a solution or idears.
     
  2. Jul 15, 2005
    67cj5

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    My family has a business that requires alot of towing with towbars. I have built most of them, and I dont think the long towbar with 4 wheelers on it is a good idea. besides the tongue weight, you would also be adding alot of extra weight to the front end of the jeep causing alot of premature front end wear as well as steering issues as a trailer is concerned. Could you maybe put the 4 wheelers in the tow vehicle?
     
  3. Jul 15, 2005
    timgr

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    I believe that the double towing laws vary from state to state. I'd be surprised if CA allowed it, considering the regulatory environment there.

    Biggest downside is that you can't back up.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2005
    Boyink

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    Can't double-tow here in MI unless it's a truck/fifth wheel/trailer setup, and then length is limited. We do see some out of state setups with Class A RV / Full size truck / fishing boat though.

    I don't have a pic of it...but growing up my dad had our old Winnebago MH setup with a plug-in rack on the front that would hold two Honda 90's. It worked alot like the reciever racks you see around today, but had recievers on both sides.

    The 90's worked well because they had handlebars that were setup to swivel easily...

    Shoulda bought one of those toy-hauler RV's...;)
     
  5. Jul 15, 2005
    mike@IIM

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    how about renting a 6x12 open trailer from uhaul. Like $30 a day. I would forget to mention you are putting a jeep on it. I would think you could get jeep to drive all the way to the end of the trailer leaving 3-4 feet plus the trailers tailgate to put the bikes sideways.

    Might be a close fit, but those trailers are built well, have dual axles and gravity assisted brakes. They tow nice and smooth as well.
     
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    timgr

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    Yeah, the open U-Haul trailers are cheap, since they won't rent them one-way. Someone here on the board used one of those to haul a Jeep, rather than a car hauler.
     
  7. Jul 15, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

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    Alright - thanks guys. I was pretty sure it was a dumb idea, just thought I'd check.

    Renting a trailer is probably the best alternative - it'd just be nice to be able to load and go without having to deal with that.

    And when I come up with that spare $180k Mike - I'll jump right on that. :rofl: :D
     
  8. Jul 15, 2005
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can get into a toy hauler for alot less than that.
     
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    ljspop

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    That's neat - I hadn't seen one like that. I've only seen these .

    Hmmm. Not this year anyway. :D
     
  10. Jul 15, 2005
    Boyink

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    Ah...all depends on the size of the toy....
     
  11. Jul 15, 2005
    tgregg

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    In California you can double tow if: the first connection is a fith wheel and you have a commercial license.
     
  12. Jul 15, 2005
    ljspop

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    Thanks Gregg - that rules me out.
     
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