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    Nate
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    >I have a 30' 5th wheel trailer and I would like to bring a golf cart
    > with me when I go camping. Does anybody do this. If I had a platform
    > welded on the back of the 5th wheel would that be too much weight on
    > the rear. Anybody have any suggestions besides buying a toybox.
    > Thanks
    > Randy


    Have you weighed the golf cart? I would think it would be too heavy to do
    what you suggested. If your frame is I-Beam construction, you could have a
    reciever hitch installed and use one of those reciever style platforms to
    hold some gear...but I really think the golf cart is going to be too big.

    Nate

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    Will Sill
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    I see where Randy Thompson <randybt@........> contributed:
    >I have a 30' 5th wheel trailer and I would like to bring a golf cart
    >with me when I go camping. Does anybody do this. If I had a platform
    >welded on the back of the 5th wheel would that be too much weight on
    >the rear. Anybody have any suggestions besides buying a toybox.


    If yer golf car is made of styrofoam, there would be no problem.
    Otherwise your proposal is one of the few ways of making a fifth-wheel
    tgrailer tow badly.

    Will Sill
    The Curmudgeon of Sill Hill

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    Richard Ferguson
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    > I thought about a small trailer also but I thought it would be too
    > dangerous as you can not see what it is doing. Do people pull trailers
    > behind 5th wheels.


    In my home state, towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel is legal and not
    unusual. I just saw one a couple of days ago, with the rear trailer a
    small utility trailer carrying bicycles and camping gear. Backing is a
    problem, as is the fact that you probably can't see what the (rear)
    trailer is doing, but this is manageable in various ways. In general,
    western states are likely to allow double towing, while eastern states
    are less likely to allow double towing.

    I would not recommend that anyone tow a heavy trailer behind their 5th
    wheel, although I sometimes see relatively large boats being towed
    behind 5th wheels. I took a quick look and found that some golf cars
    weigh around 700 pounds, which would put the total weight of trailer and
    car a little over 1000 pounds, so not much compared to the weight of the
    5th wheel.

    Richard

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    Will Sill
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    I see where Richard Ferguson <fergusonOMITsculpture@omitthisatt.net>
    contributed:

    >I would not recommend that anyone tow a heavy trailer behind their 5th
    >wheel, although I sometimes see relatively large boats being towed
    >behind 5th wheels. I took a quick look and found that some golf cars
    >weigh around 700 pounds, which would put the total weight of trailer and
    >car a little over 1000 pounds, so not much compared to the weight of the
    >5th wheel.


    Rich, I think you mis-read the OP.

    He said:

    :If I had a platform welded on the back of the 5th wheel would that be too
    :much weight on the rear.

    My sarcastic answer mentioned styrofoam, but being serious, that 700#
    (mopre or even less) is FAR too much weight to hang on the back of any
    fiver, IMO.

    Will Sill
    The Curmudgeon of Sill Hill

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    Nate
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    > Randy Thompson wrote:
    >> I thought about a small trailer also but I thought it would be too
    >> dangerous as you can not see what it is doing. Do people pull trailers
    >> behind 5th wheels.

    >
    > In my home state, towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel is legal and not
    > unusual. I just saw one a couple of days ago, with the rear trailer a
    > small utility trailer carrying bicycles and camping gear. Backing is a
    > problem, as is the fact that you probably can't see what the (rear)
    > trailer is doing, but this is manageable in various ways. In general,
    > western states are likely to allow double towing, while eastern states are
    > less likely to allow double towing.
    >
    > I would not recommend that anyone tow a heavy trailer behind their 5th
    > wheel, although I sometimes see relatively large boats being towed behind
    > 5th wheels. I took a quick look and found that some golf cars weigh
    > around 700 pounds, which would put the total weight of trailer and car a
    > little over 1000 pounds, so not much compared to the weight of the 5th
    > wheel.
    >
    > Richard


    It may not be much compared to the fiver, but factor in the leverage from
    hanging off the back...way behind the axle pivot point...that 1000 lbs may
    cause some swaying as it removes pin weight.

    Nate

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    Nate
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    >
    > "Nate" <nsaptaemcpcrnonof@nvbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:cUKfg.89345$H71.18861@newssvr13.news.prodigy. com...
    >>
    >> "Richard Ferguson" <fergusonOMITsculpture@omitthisatt.net> wrote in
    >> message news:1nJfg.121980$Fs1.44854@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
    >>> Randy Thompson wrote:
    >>>> I thought about a small trailer also but I thought it would be too
    >>>> dangerous as you can not see what it is doing. Do people pull trailers
    >>>> behind 5th wheels.
    >>>
    >>> In my home state, towing a trailer behind a 5th wheel is legal and not
    >>> unusual. I just saw one a couple of days ago, with the rear trailer a
    >>> small utility trailer carrying bicycles and camping gear. Backing is a
    >>> problem, as is the fact that you probably can't see what the (rear)
    >>> trailer is doing, but this is manageable in various ways. In general,
    >>> western states are likely to allow double towing, while eastern states
    >>> are less likely to allow double towing.
    >>>
    >>> I would not recommend that anyone tow a heavy trailer behind their 5th
    >>> wheel, although I sometimes see relatively large boats being towed
    >>> behind 5th wheels. I took a quick look and found that some golf cars
    >>> weigh around 700 pounds, which would put the total weight of trailer and
    >>> car a little over 1000 pounds, so not much compared to the weight of the
    >>> 5th wheel.
    >>>
    >>> Richard

    >>
    >> It may not be much compared to the fiver, but factor in the leverage from
    >> hanging off the back...way behind the axle pivot point...that 1000 lbs
    >> may cause some swaying as it removes pin weight.
    >>
    >> Nate

    > Towing a boat with trailer behind a 5er is quite common here and I don't
    > recall ever hearing about one having a wreck. We spend the winter in
    > south Texas and know several who tow a box trailer with a motorcycle
    > inside behind their 5er all the way down there. Some tow that combination
    > all the way from Canada so it is apparently legal in a lot of states.
    > Again, I haven't heard of any problems (unless you count not being able to
    > backup <g>).
    >
    > Ron
    >


    Yes...I agree. I misread Richard's post and was thiunking he meant having
    1000 lbs mounted to the rear bumper...not on a trailer. My bad.

    Nate

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    Nate
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    > Will Sill wrote:
    >> I see where Randy Thompson <randybt@........> contributed:
    >>
    >>>I have a 30' 5th wheel trailer and I would like to bring a golf cart
    >>>with me when I go camping. Does anybody do this. If I had a platform
    >>>welded on the back of the 5th wheel would that be too much weight on
    >>>the rear. Anybody have any suggestions besides buying a toybox.

    >>
    >>
    >> If yer golf car is made of styrofoam, there would be no problem.
    >> Otherwise your proposal is one of the few ways of making a fifth-wheel
    >> tgrailer tow badly.
    >>
    >> Will Sill
    >> The Curmudgeon of Sill Hill

    >
    > "Tow badly" I think would be an understatement. My rig has a 950# pin
    > weight, add some ten feet and 1,000# to the rear of the pivot point would
    > make a negative pin weight. I would think would cause a dangerous towing
    > situation.
    >


    Only if the axles are centered between the pin and the rear bumper.
    Likelihood is, they are rear of center. I know mine are.

    Nate

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    Lone Haranguer
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    > On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 12:32:47 -0400, GBinNC <GBinNC@yahoooo.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Seems everything is specialized these days. Just out of curiosity, where
    >>is the dividing line between big horses and little horses <g>?

    >
    >
    > LOL... well, there are big horses and small horses and in between
    > horses.. but I was talking about large show grounds....
    >
    > Some of them are acres and acres and you need a golf cart to get
    > around quickly.
    >

    Why not saddle up the horse and make them earn their oats?
    LZ

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    Max
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    > On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 08:51:13 -0400, Hunter <HHamp5246@........> wrote:
    >
    >>I have a good friend that does exactly that, she takes the golf cart
    >>to big horse shows.

    >
    > Seems everything is specialized these days. Just out of curiosity, where
    > is the dividing line between big horses and little horses <g>?
    >
    > GB in NC


    That looks like a stealth grammar critique. <G>

    Max

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    Nate
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    > On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 08:51:13 -0400, Hunter <HHamp5246@........> wrote:
    >
    >>I have a good friend that does exactly that, she takes the golf cart
    >>to big horse shows.

    >
    > Seems everything is specialized these days. Just out of curiosity, where
    > is the dividing line between big horses and little horses <g>?
    >
    > GB in NC


    16 hands in my opinion.

    Nate

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