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I've towed tandem for years. Still do with my fishing boat, but I gave up on my wake boat. There is just WAY too much stress on the RV frame (most of which are under built). In my opinion, that is just asking for trouble.
 

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When I bought my 5er, it was only $800 to have the hitch added.

I’d guess I put over 50,000 miles tandem towing either my 5000 pound stern drive or one of the much lighter fishing boats I’ve had over the years.

When I bought my current wake boat in 2014 I had someone take the insulated underbelly apart on my 5er to inspect the hitch. Turned out it was cracked.

I spent around $2k to have the hitch replaced and the frame of the 5er reinforced up past the axles.

The welder told me that my trailer was now built to handle the 7000 pound weight of my boat. I tried towing it tandem once - on I76 back from Sterling, and wasn’t happy with the way it handled. So now when we go with that boat we take two vehicles - pulling the wake boat with a full size suv that still doesn’t always feel up to the task.

Maybe the accident you saw was simply not latching the hitch. But I’d be surprised you could get all the way to the interstate that way. I’d be more apt to think it was a failure of either the fifth wheel or the boat trailer.

On edit, I did need to have the weld on my old stern drive trailer where the swing away tongue attaches re-welded. So it could have been something like that too.


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