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Old 10-03-2010, 09:24 AM   #51
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Not sure about on the TT but I know you can get an extender that allows you to use your truck hitch to pull the TT and add a bike rack on the back of your TV.....

maybe this is an idea??
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:34 AM   #52
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Here is a good thread - with great pictures - about hauling things on the rear of a TT.
Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: hitch/carrier on rear of TT

If any of you experts out there read it, would you please give me your opinions on the matter when you have the time?
Outstanding example of why you need a minimum of 10% of gross trailer weight on the king pin. The use of a can of Bush Beans and a yard stick had me .
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:59 PM   #53
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Update:

Dutchmen was no help at all...they sent me to their frame manufacturer LIPPERT.
LIPPERT was no help at all.

Anything we do to the frame will void the frame warranty.
woopeee- a 1 year warranty- who cares I guess.

We NEED the wheelchair lift.

I wish there were more companies out there willing to help the paralyzed/handicap.

Oh well, we will now try to find someone to weld a frame mounted 2" receiver hitch to the I-beam frame. (6" I-beam)

My husband also spoke with the man who manufactures the LIFT.
He carries the lift using a 1" bike receiver hitch....travels all around the country to shows with it hanging from the back of his Montana 5'r.
Has never had a problem in 3 years.
BUT...that is a 5'r not a TT.
TT’s bounce bounce bounce from what I have been reading.

I do not think that it will be too much of a drawback concerning the “ball weight/tongue weight”.
We have a TW now of 14.46% and that is rolling NEW off of the lot….with nothing loaded in it yet!

The LIFT will be 165lbs, but I will be removing both actuators which will make the lift go down in weight about 60lbs for a total of 105lbs that would be hanging of off the rear of the TT.

I just purchased a Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale so as to be very precise concerning this tongue weight thing.

Will update later.
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He carries the lift using a 1" bike receiver hitch....travels all around the country to shows with it hanging from the back of his Montana 5'r.
Has never had a problem in 3 years.
BUT...that is a 5'r not a TT.
The Montana has a heavy duty frame and its GVW reflects that.
Our ultra-lites have frames "just barely" strong enough to hold up the camper.

Also watch out for the bumper as its mostly a cosmetic feature.
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:24 PM   #55
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LOL...yeah, I know not to put anything on the bumper.

I know that our particular model weighs 5023lbs and has a 6" coated I-beam frame.
Axle weight 4297
AUC-MAN's 5'r has a 6" frame as well, but you are right it is probably stronger.

My hubby found this on the etrailer site. (but it states for 5'rs)
How Does Adjustable Width Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13703, Install on a Trailer | etrailer.com

It might ?work? and our auto body shop down the street is willing to bolt/weld it on.

We are at a standstill at the moment not knowing what to do.
(huffff…but not giving up yet)
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:35 PM   #56
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Here is an interesting thread at RV.net titled "Bent Frames on Ultralights ".

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Bent Frames on Ultralights

It was the Aerolite years 2003-2006 on models over 25'.
Hopefully, the I-Beam frames that they use today are stronger.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:41 PM   #57
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Here is an interesting thread at RV.net titled "Bent Frames on Ultralights ".

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Bent Frames on Ultralights

It was the Aerolite years 2003-2006 on models over 25'.
Hopefully, the I-Beam frames that they use today are stronger.
I am thinking "no"

We solved this issue for the time being by putting a 2 inch receiver frame hitch on the front of the truck. I put the bike rack there while traveling and when we get to the site I use a bolt on bumper mount on the camper just to store the bikes and get them off the front of the truck. That way we can go downtown for dinner (etc) without dragging the bike rack.

We move it back to the front of the truck when we break camp. It adds about 15 minutes to the set up and break camp times.

Crappy solution; but it works for us.
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I think you might be right about the aerolite frames.

I also think that your front of the truck solution is probably the best bet for carrying bikes.

We have decided to wait for the 1 year frame warranty to expire, then we will start messing with it. LOL
We really want/need the wheelchair lift, but we will have to have patience.

This will be our temp solution until then...
Telescoping Adjustable Wheelchair Ramps From Discount Ramps .Com

They are longer than the ones we have now so we can make due for a year.

I will keep searching for info about ultralites & bike racks and post anything of value that I find.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:20 PM   #59
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Update:

Dutchmen was no help at all...they sent me to their frame manufacturer LIPPERT.
LIPPERT was no help at all.

Anything we do to the frame will void the frame warranty.
woopeee- a 1 year warranty- who cares I guess.

We NEED the wheelchair lift.

I wish there were more companies out there willing to help the paralyzed/handicap.

Oh well, we will now try to find someone to weld a frame mounted 2" receiver hitch to the I-beam frame. (6" I-beam)

My husband also spoke with the man who manufactures the LIFT.
He carries the lift using a 1" bike receiver hitch....travels all around the country to shows with it hanging from the back of his Montana 5'r.
Has never had a problem in 3 years.
BUT...that is a 5'r not a TT.
TT’s bounce bounce bounce from what I have been reading.

I do not think that it will be too much of a drawback concerning the “ball weight/tongue weight”.
We have a TW now of 14.46% and that is rolling NEW off of the lot….with nothing loaded in it yet!

The LIFT will be 165lbs, but I will be removing both actuators which will make the lift go down in weight about 60lbs for a total of 105lbs that would be hanging of off the rear of the TT.

I just purchased a Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale so as to be very precise concerning this tongue weight thing.

Will update later.
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You are correct on the frame warranty, dont worry about it all as it is useless.
If you read the fine print, the warranty, what little there was to begin with, is VOIDED as soon as you attach a WDH to it!! So I say cut, brace and weld away, make it strong, make it better than they did!

Here is an excerpt from a Lippert frame company warranty, read it and then read it again, use your reading comprehension and figure out what the lawyers are saying, attach ANYTHING to this frame and warranty goes bye bye.

"This Limited Warranty does not cover chemical damage
caused by acids, fuel, oil or other chemicals. Rust formation is not covered. This warranty does not cover any Product
which is found to have been modified or altered in any way, including, but not limited to, installation of any and all aftermarket
hauling attachments such as gooseneck adapters, pinbox extensions, tow hitches, load bearing devices, or other attachments to the Product."

I have seen better warranties on paper plates....
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What about putting the lift on the front of the truck?
Would that work for you?
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