The towing rating of the pickup has to be equal to or greater than the total weight of all vehicles being towed. The combination cannot exceed 60 feet in length. The fifth-wheel camper cannot exceed 28 feet in length. The operator of the unit has to be at least 18 years of age. By statute, a pickup does NOT include a one-ton truck; just those which are three-quarter ton, or less.
The trailer carrying a watercraft, motorcycle, motorized bicycle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle has to meet all the requirements of the law (for that trailer). Regulation safety chains must be used with the trailer on the normal ball-hitch. (Safety chains are not needed with the regulation fifth-wheel kingpin assembly). These combinations cannot be operated within the seven-county metropolitan area between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. If you follow these guidelines, you should be fine.
If you have any questions for future columns concerning motor vehicle traffic in Minnesota, send questions to: "ASK A TROOPER," c/o Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, MN State Patrol, P.O. Box 644 Brainerd, MN 56401. Questions are edited.
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