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flip418

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Any of you out there have tips or tricks for pulling a small 6X10 utility trailer behind a fifth wheel? Im looking at pulling along a small utility trailer with a golf cart and bicycles. I would like to pull a tandem axle utility to help eliminate road walking and keep tracking better behind the fifth wheel. Your experiences?


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Tip: Don't back up [emoticon]

I pull a Sedoo behind my FW, nuttin' to it. I added a rear view wireless camera set up so I could see it when going straight. Lots of threads on these.

Get a decent hitch built on your trailer. Lots of threads on this.

Lots of people do it, stuff bigger than a Seadoo or golf cart.


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I've towed a single axle utility behind several of my FWs. The single axle always tracked well for me. You have to keep proper tongue weight.

It's a good idea to have a tongue jack with a wheel, in the event you need to back up, you can roll the utility out of the way. It will also help to hitch the utility back up to the FW.

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Posted: 02/26/14 02:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Almost any time I pull my 5er, I am towing tandem. I have a 21', 5000 pound ski boat on a tandem axle trailer, a 16', 2500ish pound fishing boat on single axle, and also a 14' utility trailer that will be loaded with ATVs with a tandem axle. All tow very well.

As was stated, the disadvantage to the tandem axle trailer is it is very difficult to maneuver by hand. I do like tandem though as much for my worries about a tire on the second trailer failing as anything else.


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Tin Pusher wrote:

Tip: Don't back up [emoticon]

I pull a Sedoo behind my FW, nuttin' to it. I added a rear view wireless camera set up so I could see it when going straight.


Good advice. Glad I had mine when trailer tongue broke on my 4X6 trailer.


Lots of threads on these.


Suggest you show your trailer to an auto/truck frame & alignment shop. Let them know what your wanting to pull and if they will fabricate a hitch.


Get a decent hitch built on your trailer. Lots of threads on this.

Lots of people do it, stuff bigger than a Seadoo or golf cart.







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I have pulled a 5.5 by 10 trailer I bought from Tractor Supply over 1600 miles one trip with a golf cart on board and pulled my 20 foot bass boat once for a 300 mile trip. The small single axle trailer I could not see without a camera unless it was a very tight turn. The boat tracked 3-4 inches inside the fiver tracks (the fiver tracks were closer to the curb than the boat tracks). So far I have not had any issues. When I am pulling two trailers I plan my trip down to where I will get fuel and verify it with Google earth to see anything that may be a problem.

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We double tow almost every trip out. However, some states do not allow double towing, please check with the states you are travelling through so you are aware of their restrictions.
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I wish more states would allow triple towing.


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I towed doubles back in the '90s 2500 chevy truck pulling a 26' 5er and a 3400 lb 18' bass boat for over eight years. Just plan ahead and don't turn down dead end streets and don't try and keep up with the faster traffic.


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Backing up is a PAIN doing this.... I've done it one time with the travel trailer we have. We pulled a small utility trailer. I don't know if its legal here, but we just basically went down the road to a local CG. Backing up was horrible. [emoticon]


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