State Laws Can Pull You in Many Directions if You Double Tow

State Laws Can Pull You in Many Directions if You Double Tow

Our friends at Automobile Magazine have pointed out some interesting facts about trailer towing and state laws of which all truck owners should be aware. If you drive a full-size pickup, sooner or later you’re probably going to tow something behind it. You’d probably think one item, like a boat or an RV, was enough, but most states will allow you to tow two things behind your truck.

However, trailer-towing laws are inconsistent from state to state. The maximum length of a captive convoy ranges from 65 feet in Arizona and California to 99 feet in Mississippi. Licensing requirements may require a special commercial driver’s license (California) or simply taking a test, which is what Automobile Magazine in Michigan did recently to earn their “Recreational Double” endorsement. It only took $10 and a passing score on a 15-question exam -- no skills test required.

Terminology is inconsistent, too. Some states call it double towing, while others refer to it as triple towing. In general, you’ll find that every state along the Atlantic bans double towing except for Maryland. Hawaii, Washington and Oregon also make it illegal to double tow.

Best advice: If you’re going to double tow across state lines, call or check DMV websites ahead of time so you don’t find yourself paying a ticket and making two trips to get your trailers to their final destination.

Map of Double Towing States

[Source: Automobile Magazine]


It would have been nice to have been asked if you could have permission to use my picture of my rig in your article.

We've replaced it with the state of Michigan's double towing promo picture.


Um I see doubles in WA all the time, and in OR you will see tripples... So I think your info maybe off

Just because you have seen them in your state doesn't mean it is legal.

I have a class A 35' RV, I want to tow my colbolt with a 8' trailer behind it. Can I do this? Is is safe? is it considered Double Towing or Triple Towing?
Thanks in advance for the info

can i tripple tow two bumper tow trailers in texas,arkansas,missouri,illinois and indiana?

truck towing a camper towing a boat. Is it legal in West Virginia? I have called the DMV twice and they have gave me two different answers yes it is legal no it is not. Mayb you can find out the right answer thank you

@ Eddie | Apr 24, 2012 12:12:20 AM
Eddie, that is just plain towing. Double or Triple towing is when you have two trailers behind the tow vehicle. Doesn't matter it the tow vehicle is a truck or a motor home.

Um I see doubles in WA all the time, and in OR you will see tripples... So I think your info maybe off

Posted by: David | Apr 17, 2011 11:03:11 PM

@David, he is not talking about commercial rigs.... he is talking about pulling double with a pick-up truck.

I'm going to start working with my state rep to get the law changed here in Oregon so I can tow my boat behind my 25' fifth wheel. I just retired from 38 yrs. of driving truck & have pulled everything from triple trailers to truck & trailer hauling 11K gallons of gas. If they want a special endorsement to do it that's fine I still have my CDL.

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