Why Can't We Use Trailers Like This?

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bigdeano

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I've always wondered why we can't pull trailers like the second one in the picture with our cars and pickups. They seem to work fine behind big rigs. Anybody know why?

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Might be OK if you had the power to pull them. But I imagine would be a bear to back up. In my state, you have to have a doubles endorsement on your CDL to pull these.
I've seen Canadian pickups pulling a camper and then a boat behind the camper. Totally illegal in NY, I don't know if or how they make it through without a ticket.
 
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I don't think LEGO tires are rated for highway speed ;)
 
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Why would that style trailer be any legally different than this?

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I don't think LEGO tires are rated for highway speed ;)

Here is some that may have the proper rating.
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I've always wondered why we can't pull trailers like the second one in the picture with our cars and pickups. They seem to work fine behind big rigs. Anybody know why?

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You can if you want to, at least here you can, but when you see how much a "hi-way rated" trailer like that cost, you won't want to!!

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bigdeano

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I meant just one trailer, not a double setup. Sorry I didn't explain very well. Obviously the trailer would have to be sized for the towing vehicle and not made of legos. :) I've never seen one being pulled by a car or pickup, I just wonder if it's illegal or something. Seems like you wouldn't have to worry so much about weight distribution and such.
 
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Just like pulling a farm wagon, most people could not back it up.
 
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I think what the OP is asking is,
"Why can't we pull trailers that have two axles - one fixed and one turning - and no/insignificant tongue weight?​

One response above alluded to the likely fact that they're really tough to back up (I've never tried, but I can imagine that since the coupling between tractor and trailer is flexible and is attached to a turning axle, it's downright difficult). I'm sure there are other reasons, but I can't quantity them and will leave it to others to answer this better.
 
 
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