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Finally finished my hitch extension/ honda gen. carrier/ back porch project. I hooked up our boat and put it to the major test-down the ramp-worked great. We were able to stock the frig. and let 1 honda keep it cool during the trip. Steve[image]


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Very nice. can you post pics with the steps up


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Nice set-up. How do you have the bikes attached to the trailer? What is the clearance between the bikes and the boat bow? Looking for something similar, hate to transport bikes in the boat and/or camper.


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That looks like a real beautiful job! Love the side steps. I personally already have the generator in the TC. I have been looking for a bike rack solution. You do not feel that the extended legnth poses any problem. Mine is already over 24 feet. Find that is just the perfect length. But i want to put a hitch extension on to tow or for a bike rack.
How did you attach the platform?

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Very COOL!!! Chock this up in the project page for sure Brad.

It pretty much accomplishes everything at one time.


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Excellent setup


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Steve,

Very nice! Just traded in the TT for a new TC and your project looks great. When you get a chance, more pictures showing some details would really be appreciated.

Any particular carrier you use?

Is it just attached to the truck by the receiver, or did you build additional attachment points for stability?

Thanks!
Again, nice work.

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I had purchased a 500 lb receiver(2") cargo carrier and removed the platform off the 2" tube. I went to a local steel supply place and found square tube that fit the stock ford hitch and the cargo length. I then welded a 1/4" wall 2" receiver tube inside that 2.5" square tube. I then welded a 3" square tube outside the the 2.5" tube so the female receiver end is doubled walled as well. So the hitch extension is triple walled thru the center section. I then welded the cargo platform to the 3" hitch extension tube. Drilling the 5/8" hitch pin holes were fun-my 1/2" drill twisted and beat up my hand nicely. That probably confused most but I didn't take pictures. The porch is made just tall enough to clear the Hondas and still open camper door. porch is made of aluminum channels with a aluminum diamond plate on top. The black rubber was added to the left side for rain protection-sewer dump door prevented diamond plate from extending more. Steps were original relocated.
Bike rack- We have a 4 bike mount that fits a 2" receiver. I mounted a RV female receiver plate under the boat hoist and the bike rack slides in and you can use regular hitch pin to secure. The bike rack has about 1" clearence from the rubber bumper built in on the side of the boat. The only caution I have to make is due to the bike tires hitting porch under real sharp turns/backups to the right.Steve

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