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Posted: 11/12/21 09:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As most are stating, it can be done.. The issue will be the factory receiver, MOST of them are rated for 300# carry capacity, or 3,000# tow capacity… that carry capacity would NEED to be beefed up..

There are a couple members on here that haul their HD’s on the rear end of their fiver…BUT ALL made modifications


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ford truck guy wrote:

As most are stating, it can be done.. The issue will be the factory receiver, MOST of them are rated for 300# carry capacity, or 3,000# tow capacity… that carry capacity would NEED to be beefed up..

There are a couple members on here that haul their HD’s on the rear end of their fiver…BUT ALL made modifications


Yes, like most, mine says 300/3000. Mine is reinforced with heavy square tubing, that I think is much more capable than 300 lbs tongue wt. I am thinking the manufacturers real issue, with this limit, is the FW suspension, and maybe reduced pin wt. In any case, I would never hang 500 lbs on rear.

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Thanks everyone, your comments are much appreciated. I'm going to check out a small enclosed all-aluminum trailer pulled behind the 5th wheel. It does have limitations, but won't hurt the 5er.


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I tow my Harley on a Kendon Motorcycle Trailer. It’s nice as you can stand it up when not in use.


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klr650goldwing wrote:

Thanks everyone, your comments are much appreciated. I'm going to check out a small enclosed all-aluminum trailer pulled behind the 5th wheel. It does have limitations, but won't hurt the 5er.


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This is what I use, behind my FW. With a swivel wheel jack on tongue, it's easy to drop little trailer, move it as needed. I have carried 3 bikes at times, with no problem. Second trailer rides/follows nicely, even when turning. I'm sure you know to adjust bike position, to get proper tongue weight.

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Why waste your time on this forum and get a bunch of opinions? Call Grand Design. I know of a couple who lost both bicycles on a bike rack attached to the bumper on their Solitude. I do know the hitch is rated to 300#

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Talking to Grand Design is going to be the waste of time. They will go with a standard CYA: "Don't even think about it!!".


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11-1,200# with a couple hundred # tongue weight shown. Takes up little space at our destinations.

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Ron, that is considered "double tow" and I know that anywhere in the EAST that is NOT permitted..

Quote - "In general, you'll find that every state along the Atlantic Coast bans double towing except for Maryland. Hawaii, Washington and Oregon also make it illegal to double tow"

That's why folks look for the swivel wheel trailer.... That is NOT considered a double tow. I believe ?? Someone here will correct me if I am wrong.....

Here - Swivel Wheel by Cruiser Lift

On edit, It LOOKS like it will depend on how you want to interpret the local state laws -

quote -"A frequent question asked is if the Swivelwheel system is legal to tow in all states. There are basically 22 states that do not allow double trailer towing, some of them call it triple towing. We consider the system an extension of the Fifth wheel or motor home. (Not a Trailer).

Although we do not agree, The State of New York has decided to re-class our swivelwheel system therefore, it could fall under the double/triple towing law.

A trailer is classified by a ball mount, our Swivelwheel system does not utilize a ball mount. There are other classifications but the Swivelwheel just does not meet them. For more information please call our toll free # 1-866-794-8357 or Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 11/15/21 07:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW, I traveled through, and stayed in, several eastern states including Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Georgia pulling a Smart Trailer, which is a swivelwheel-type trailer. I was never given so much as a second glance in any of those states, or any others AFATG. Of course, YMMV.

I moved to using a toyhauler about 10 years ago, and haven't looked back.

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