RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Tow Tube Extension

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Tow Tube Extension

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
jasoncw

Brownstown, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 03/17/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/07/10 04:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone currently or have experience using an extension tube for towing a TT (like this)? I'm not sure if it would handle the load or not. It would be nice to be able to open my tail gate to let the dog in/out without unhitching the TT.

Thanks,
Jason


2016 Jayco Eagle 324BHTS
2005 Ford Excursion 6.8L 4.56's, V/C Springs, PP 3P, P3

Past:
2011 Keystone Bullet Premier 31BHPR
2009 Forest River Flagstaff 830RBSS


jasoncw

Brownstown, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 03/17/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/07/10 04:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lol Never mind. I found one by Roadmaster.

"The Hi-Low Drops and 12-inch extension are 6,000 lb. GVWR, and rated at 100 lb. tongue weight."

Chuck&Gail

In the Colorado Mountains

Senior Member

Joined: 06/16/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 04/07/10 04:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just one point to remember. Most receivers are spec'd for a tongue load of 10" from center of ball to hitch pin for max weight. If you double the distance by adding a 10" extension, the tongue weight rating HALVES.

So, can you do it? Maybe, what is tongue weight now, and what is TT receiver rating. Looks like as big TT, so short answer is probably you should not.

Just my two cents.


Chuck
Wonderful Wife
Australian Shepherd
2010 Ford Expedition TV
2010 Outback 230RS Toybox, 5390# UVW, 6800# Loaded
Not yet camped in Hawaii, 2 Canada Provinces, & 2 Territories
I can't be lost because I don't care where this lovely road is going

TXiceman

Full Time RVer

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2000

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 04/08/10 06:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Extending out past the normal draw bar position will LOWER the raqting on your receiver hitch. Same force on it, but a longer moment arm results in more torque and stess on the receiver and truck frame.

ken


Amateur Radio Operator.
2013 HitchHiker 38RLRSB Champagne, toted with a 2012, F350, 6.7L PSD, Crewcab, dually. 3.73 axle, Full Time RVer.
Travel with a standard schnauzer and a Timneh African Gray parrot

hot rod

muskegon,mi

Senior Member

Joined: 04/08/2004

View Profile



Posted: 04/08/10 04:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some shanks are long enough to allow the tailgate to open. I wouldn't use that extension for a TT

LarryJM

NoVa

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2007

View Profile



Posted: 04/08/10 04:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chuck&Gail wrote:

Just one point to remember. Most receivers are spec'd for a tongue load of 10" from center of ball to hitch pin for max weight. If you double the distance by adding a 10" extension, the tongue weight rating HALVES.

So, can you do it? Maybe, what is tongue weight now, and what is TT receiver rating. Looks like as big TT, so short answer is probably you should not.

Just my two cents.


I've seen this number or others and what I can only call an internet myth. Please provide some concrete length to a receiver manufacturer that has this limitation. Now if you could get a 2' or 3' drawbar, then I could see that being a potential issue, but 5 or 6" NO WAY IMHO.

You can get longer drawbars up to around 16" and non of those indicate they effect your receiver capacity.

I just don't buy this 10" figure unless I see something concrete that I can rely on vs. just opinions or unsupported statements like yours.

Now actual tube extensions are a different story.

Larry


2001 standard box 7.3L E-350 PSD Van with 4.10 rear and 2007 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite 8306S Been RV'ing since 1974.
RAINKAP INSTALL////ETERNABOND INSTALL


mowermech

Billings, MT

Senior Member

Joined: 06/28/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/08/10 10:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven't used one for a TT, but I used one to tow my Jeep, and my boat (separately, not doubled), that was 41 inches long.
It was well braced, and I had no problems with it.


CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Daily Driver: '06 PT Cruiser Turbo
Toad: '05 Wrangler Unlimited
Toy: 1999 Dodge QC LWB, Cummins, Auto, 4X4
Other toys: 2 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 ATVs.
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"

carringb

Corvallis, OR

Senior Member

Joined: 07/28/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/08/10 11:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Every 8" extension I've seen says that receiver capacity is reduced by 1/3rd. I use an extension for heavy trailers, but my receiver is rated for 6,000 pounds tongue weight

It can also be done with the TorkLift Superhitch, and their extension:
http://www.torklift.com/p.php?w_page=supertruss


Bryan

2000 Ford E450 V10 VAN! 450,000+ miles
2014 ORV really big trailer
2015 Ford Focus ST


TXiceman

Full Time RVer

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2000

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 04/09/10 06:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where do we get the internet myth theory.

A first year engineering student can figure this one out. The longer draw bar and the farther back you get from the tow vehicle, the more stress you put on the hitch attachyment points and truck frame.

My Reese dual can has two ratinfs and the hole in the draw bar is only about 1.5" farther back than the close hole. It is a substantial drop in hitch capacity.

Ken

MitchF150

Puyallup, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 07/13/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/10 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Think of why you use a 'cheater bar' to bust loose some stubborn bolts.... You get that much more leverage on the bolt, so it turns easier... Same kind of thing is happening to the hitch on your truck... Stick that ball out farther from the hitch and it's just that much more force being applied to the hitch mounting points...

Unless you also beef up the hitch and it's mounts, I wouldn't do it...[emoticon]

Mitch


2013 F150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab Max Tow Egoboost 3.73 gears #7700 GVWR #1920 payload. 2019 Rockwood Mini Lite 2511S.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Tow Tube Extension
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.