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mkirsch

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Posted: 05/27/21 06:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a hitch system that mounts underneath the truck, which has a long swinging drawbar mounted underneath the truck. The trailer is attached rigidly to the long drawbar, which puts the pull point and pivot point for the trailer up near the axle, like a gooseneck.

The only name I'm coming up with is Kelderman, but either they don't offer it anymore or I've got the wrong name.


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Posted: 05/27/21 07:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know the one you mean but danged if I can remember the name..l

* This post was edited 05/28/21 07:56am by noteven *

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Posted: 05/27/21 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pullrite


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BenK wrote:

Pullrite

Edited back to: THANKS!

https://www.pullrite.com/pullrite

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Here is a clicky.

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Cool idea but apparently, they haven't been able to get sales to take off as the website says special order only.

Not sure how complicated it is to install but even if it only moves the pivot point near the rear axle (say a foot behind), it should make a huge difference in sway.

Came across the following and can see why it didn't take off. It's a lot more to install than a standard hitch and weighs a whopping 270lb.
http://www.serenitysys.com/rv/technical/hitches/pullrite/pullrite_hitch.html

Now if they could get in with one of the truck manufacturers, so it got designed in as OEM...


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Posted: 05/27/21 10:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I recall correctly, the Pullrite was developed around 1955. Installation is/was complicated by the need to alter the vehicle exhaust system and routing the electrical supply along the drawbar. Backing the trailer involved different dynamics due to the pivot point being closer to the rear axle. I think it was forum member L Adams who posted his preference for the Pullright over the Hensley, having towed with both. I suspect that the disparity between sales of fifth wheel hitches and travel trailer hitches resulted in the special order only sales.

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Posted: 05/27/21 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will hate it the first time you pull into a gas station and take out the first pump.





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Brother had the same hitch on 4 Suburbans, and it was a witch to change vehicles. And because it had to swing past the ends of bumper, it stuck out a long way when it was in center.
Bolting tight to a channel shaped frame, just drill and bolt. Box section? Harder to drill, and need a sleeve to be sure the box does not distort when torque the bolt.
As for the way it tracks; It tracks more like a 5th wheel. The part between ball and pivot becomes a trailer extension/longer trailer. And the pivot close to axle near same as 5th

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Lynnmor wrote:

You will hate it the first time you pull into a gas station and take out the first pump.


Only if the driver is a complete blithering idiot.

Every 5th wheel and gooseneck in existence will do the same thing if the driver doesn't swing wide.

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