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TimfromBama

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Posted: 01/20/06 11:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see on here all the time someone who wants to know about adding a 2" receiver to the rear of their TT for towing something else or for a bike rack or such, and always there are several responses about going to your local welding shop and having one special made. However, has anyone ever thought about it or know whether there might already be a company out there who makes a receiver that is a bolt on or weld on that is already made the correct size to fit between the frame?

If there were a receiver out there already made to be installed with no modifications, such as those we all can buy aftermarket for our TV, then it would save lots of hassle. We could just buy one made for our specific trailer frame width, either a bolt on or weld on, and have it installed, and be done with it, without having to go to some custom shop to have one designed and made up.

Might be an idea for someone who has the experience and know-how to make such receivers for those who want to add one, that could make them a fortune if they made them, sold them, and all we had to do was just buy them and put them on. Think about it....I wish I knew enough and had the materials and know-how, as I would go into the business TODAY.

If someone out there already knows of such a company, please let us know. I want to add a receiver to my TT that connects to the frame, not the rear bumper, so I can slide any of several 2" accessories out there into it, either to haul down the road, or just to add it while camping out. And, i've seen many 2" receiver accessories out there that would do many of us good. I've seen platforms to haul extra stuff, i've seen BBQ grills, and i've even seen an outside toilet that you just slide into the receiver...but of it's usefulness when you have an inside unit, I don't know.

Let us know if anyone knows of an already made ready to buy receiver unit for those who want to just buy it and install it, and not wait on some custom shop to do it for us while we wait and worry about it's strength and how bad they are going to burn our wallets.

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Posted: 01/20/06 11:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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even seen an outside toilet that you just slide into the receiver


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I believe you can take a small 2" hitch (from a small truck or car) and make that work. I've seen several like that and I am going to try it real soon. I'll let you know how it goes.


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I just ran a search using several different wordings to try to find one. When I got specific, using terms like "bolt-on", "frame mounted" and "travel trailer" together inside quotes, I got 0 results.

The likelihood is that there is not a large enough market to make frame mounted TT hitches or Camping World would be selling them. Several people have posted about them. But, it would take an expectation of decent sales for each hitch model offered, to justify having a line of frame mounted hitches for each one. Most state having laws against towing behind TTs greatly limits the market. But, if there is a low priced assembly line model for my TT, I would be interested to learn about it.


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Posted: 01/20/06 12:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll bet many manufacturers are worried about law suits. As I understand it, many TT frames are not strong enough, which is why we are told never to jack on the frame out near the ends, back end especially. Some folks even reported bending frames that way. True?, do not know. I have heard from several sources that putting a hitch on the rear of a TT voids the frame warranty. Again, true?, ask the manufacturer of YOUR trailer brand.


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Here's a start, these hitches come in two models depending on the width you need.

http://www.usa-trailer-hitches.com/motorhome_hitch.htm


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Posted: 01/20/06 12:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just get an adjustable hitch. Here's the website.
http://www.hitchesonline.com/acces_includes/rv_hitch.htm


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markc4 wrote:

Here's a start, these hitches come in two models depending on the width you need.

http://www.usa-trailer-hitches.com/motorhome_hitch.htm

Mark hit the nail on the head. That's the one that's on my TT and it works like a charm. Mine was already installed when I bought the trailer, but it appears all you do is fit the hitch in place, weld or bolt the brackets to the frame, then cut off any excess length from the crosstube. You get a strong receiver that doesn't look like a duct tape and bailing wire job.

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markc4 wrote:

Here's a start, these hitches come in two models depending on the width you need.

http://www.usa-trailer-hitches.com/motorhome_hitch.htm


I have the same one on my 5er very strong

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Puting the hitch on the bumper may be only the start of your problems. I have personal knowledge of a person who tried to tow a boat behind their trailer with pretty bad results. The distance from the trailer wheels to the hitch is often a pretty good distance so if your trailer sways any at all, the boat really gets a wild ride.

I strongly suggest that you test your rig on a four lane road where a friend can follow you and report on your results.

In the case I am referring too the boat actually swung sideways enough to hit the towing trailer believe it or not. It was not pretty.

Keep in mind we are suppose to be having fun.

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