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Unread 02-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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question about tandem towing laws

i have a question about tandem towing laws in Illinois and Indiana.

my plan:
2500HD silverado in front towing a 16' deck over trailer with a yj on it equipped with trailer brakes and behind that would be another stock yj being flat towed off a hitch on the back of the trailer

from what i'm reading this would be legal in these two states but i'm not sure if a CDL would be needed. the combined weight is less than 26,000 lbs but being that it is a double trailer type setup i'm not sure how that works.

thank you for your input.

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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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Call the DOT, it's different in each state. I looked into it as well and found that no commercial licensing is required for recreational use. If you put a machine or any type of equipment on the trailer you are commercial then and need a CDL and double endorsements. Your flat towed jeep will need a braking system to be legally towed. The only other issue is total length, but you won't go over the max length with that set up. If you've ever been out west you will see it a lot. Pretty rare in our area though. Good luck!
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Unread 02-24-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Call the DOT, it's different in each state. I looked into it as well and found that no commercial licensing is required for recreational use. If you put a machine or any type of equipment on the trailer you are commercial then and need a CDL and double endorsements. Your flat towed jeep will need a braking system to be legally towed. The only other issue is total length, but you won't go over the max length with that set up. If you've ever been out west you will see it a lot. Pretty rare in our area though. Good luck!
Thank you, I'm still debating though we'll probably just take 2 tow rigs to avoid the hassle. I don't want to have to try and explain to the police why it's legal if I'm not sure what I'm talking about

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1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/alternator-welder-write-up-1301614/[/url]
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/tj-uppers-yj-half-doors-hard-top-installation-1417686/[/url]
RC vs BDS
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/rough-country-vs-bds-1461555/[/url]
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Unread 02-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #4
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I have seen it done here in Calif, but also have seen the state patrol give folks headaches over this.
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Unread 02-26-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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Not sure if it is true or not but I have heard that the trailer must be a 5th wheel trailer.
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Unread 02-26-2013, 11:01 PM   #6
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I've been reading that as well

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1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/alternator-welder-write-up-1301614/[/url]
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/tj-uppers-yj-half-doors-hard-top-installation-1417686/[/url]
RC vs BDS
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/rough-country-vs-bds-1461555/[/url]
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Unread 03-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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The first trailer can't be a bumper pull. Watch your max length too.
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