Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I pull a second trailer?
Most states west of the Allegheny Mountains, with the exception of Oregon and Washington. All states on the Atlantic Ocean prohibit two trailers with the exception of Maryland. The only problem with that is, to get to Maryland, you have to go through one or more states where two trailers are prohibited. You can pull a second trailer in some provinces of Canada. Please see the Prohibited States and Provinces page for the list of states or provinces where a second trailer is prohibited.
Do I need to have brakes on my second trailer?
Generally it is a good idea to do so. We at M B D Fab strongly recommend that you equip your trailer with surge brakes, rather than electric brakes. If you do have electric brakes on your second trailer, you should have two brake controllers in your towing vehicle, one for your front trailer and one for the rear trailer. Without the second brake controller you can very easily flat spot your tires when they slide. You also run the strong risk of jack knifing your second trailer in wet or other slippery road conditions. Please see the Brake Requirements page for brake requirements in each state based on the weight of your second trailer.
What kind of front trailer can I pull while pulling a second trailer?
In the states of Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, along with the Yukon Territory, your front trailer MUST be a 5th wheel trailer. All of the other states and provinces where you can pull two trailers, your front trailer can be either a 5th wheel or a ball hitch pull trailer. From a safety standpoint, M B D Fab recommends that your front trailer only be a 5th wheel trailer. Pulling two ball hitch trailers is very unstable.
How long can my truck and trailers be?
There are many limits to overall length ranging from 60 feet to unlimited. Please see the Length Laws page to see the chart of maximum length for all states and provinces.
Do I need a special driver’s license to pull two trailers?
If you have a California driver’s license, please see your local DMV for the license requirements to pull a second trailer. Ontario requires a Class A commercial driver’s license.
Is all of this information current?
We make every effort to provide current information, but if you have any doubts, please contact the state(s) or province(s) that you plan to drive through. For a list of state and provincial contacts, please see the RV Law Contacts page.
Is there a maximum weight for my second trailer?
When we install hitches on your front trailer to pull the second trailer we specify the maximum tongue weight and towed weight. NEVER EXCEED THESE WEIGHTS. If you already have a hitch installed on your front trailer, and do not know the weight rating of your hitch, M B D Fab strongly recommends that the weight of your second trailer never exceeds one-third of the weight of your front trailer.
Can I back up with two trailers?
In a word, NO. It is actually possible, but even very experienced drivers have extreme difficulty in backing up more than a few feet. To save yourself a lot of grief and aggravation, the rule of thumb is: IF YOU CANNOT SEE A WAY OUT, DO NOT ENTER. Before you enter a “blind alley” or some other place that you cannot see the way out, stop your vehicle and check it out on foot.
Can I park two trailers at an RV park?
If you make reservations at any RV park, inform them that you will be pulling two trailers and ask if they can accommodate you. If on the road and just stopping for an overnight stay, ask the person checking you in where would be the best place to park your second trailer. Some parks have long enough pull-through spots to park both trailers without unhooking your second trailer.
What kind of trailer can my second trailer be?
Your second trailer can be any type of trailer that you would pull by itself behind your tow vehicle. It must be of such a length that when all hooked up you do not exceed the total length laws of any state or province through which you will be driving. Please see the Length Laws page to see the maximum length allowed in each state or province
Where can I find additional information about laws and regulations?
DMV.org is a privately operated site that offers access to transportation and vehicle laws in all 50 states. Woodall’s Campground Directory in their “Rules of the Road” section is another excellent source of vehicle regulations. Towing World is a further source of RV law and regulation information. Brake Buddy is a good site to learn about weight and trailer brake laws regardless of whether you are pulling one or two trailers.