Under Section 721 of the Michigan
Vehicle Code, pickup trucks equipped
with a fifth-wheel assembly may,
with certain restrictions, tow two trailers. This
double trailer combination is sometimes called a
Drivers must pass a knowledge test to receive
their recreational double endorsement. The
information in this pamphlet will help you prepare
for the knowledge test.
A recreational double is a pickup truck pulling a
fi fth-wheel trailer, designed for recreational living
purposes, with a second trailer attached to the rear
of the fi fth-wheel trailer. The pickup truck must
have a towing rating equal to, or greater than, the
weight being towed.
To operate a recreational double, drivers must
have an R endorsement on their license
age 18 or older may apply for the endorsement
at a Secretary of State branch offi ce. Applicants
must pass a test designed to sample the knowledge
needed to operate vehicle combinations of this type.
There is a $10 fee for the endorsement. A skills test
is not required.
Note: Drivers who have a Group A Commercial Driver
with a T (double trailers) endorsement
may legally operate a recreational double
without obtaining the R endorsement.
The total length of the three units pickup
truck, fi fth-wheel trailer and second trailer when
coupled together, must not exceed 65 feet. The
gross weight of the second trailer cannot exceed
the empty weight of the pickup truck or the empty
weight of the fi fth-wheel trailer.
The hitch used to tow the second trailer must
be attached to the frame of the fi fth-wheel trailer.
Safety chains for the second trailer must be securely
attached at the extreme outer edge of the fi fth-wheel
trailer with a locking mechanism. A trailer cannot
drift more than three inches to either side of the
path of the towing vehicle when the combination
is being drawn in a straight line on a level, smooth,