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Old 12-08-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Rear Hitch for 36rlts

Been looking online but having zero luck finding a hitch for the rear of my fifth wheel.
I travel alot with my job, and stay in my 5'r while working on the road. I would like to take my motorcycle with me, and considered buying a motorcycle rack that mounts on a hitch reciever. ...however....
I've seen hitches on other brand 5'rs, but cant find one for my Creek?
Wondering if anyone here knows if/where I can get one, or am I looking at a custom fab job.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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i had one custom made for my 5th wheel at the dealer, they welded it to the frame at a cost of $600. but they had to remove the underbody cover and paint everything so i think it was worth it
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:23 PM   #3
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i had one custom made for my 5th wheel at the dealer, they welded it to the frame at a cost of $600. but they had to remove the underbody cover and paint everything so i think it was worth it
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Thank you Dan, I may go that route. I say "may" because in my research I came across a guy who wanted to do the same thing and Forest River said the frame on the cedar creeks arent strong enough for a hitch?
I'll keep my hopes up.
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:17 PM   #4
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the I beams on my camper are thin so they added more support, they ask what i was going to use the hitch for and i said a boat of apx. 3,000lbs so they made the hitch with enough support for that even though i will never tow anything like that, i wanted it for a 4 bike bike rack and maybe a 14' alum. fishing boat
they told me my bumper would not hold a bike rack so i had to fix that
i just had it done at the end of the camping season so will see how it holds up
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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I'm on the road working, so I wont get to the fab shop till spring, but I think I just hit 2 big obstacles...All of the rear hitches I found are only rated for 3k/3.5k with 300/350 lbs hitch weight. I'm sure the fab shop could beef it up, but between the motorcycle and carrier I'm looking at 1000lbs hanging off the back. That may take too much weight off of the hitch?
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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A thousand pounds hanging off the back of a tag axle dp, ok: a single axle dp, maybe: but off the back of a fifth wheel, no way. You're going to have to double tow a small utility trailer to haul the scooter.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:48 AM   #7
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Thats kind of what I figured... Double tow is out of the question, It's illegal in Florida. I'll have to come up with another solution or leave the bike at home.
Thanks for the input guys.
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There has been a lot of discussion recently about Florida's towing laws. Seems as though during the last rewrite of the law, the section concerning RVs was left out. Some folks are inferring that means it's no longer illegal. Some folks are using a swivel wheel trailer that skirts around the second trailer issue.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:01 PM   #9
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Here is the link where I got my info from: 2011 Driving Laws for the US and Canada

Not sure if the laws have been updated since this was written but as much as I travel I would have to go around states where triple towing is illegal.
It makes no sense to me why RV laws change from state to state, after all aren't they designed to travel in...

FLORIDA: Maximum RV width 102 in.; maximum motorhome length 45 ft.; maximum trailer length 40 ft.; maximum RV height 13.5 ft.; maximum combined length for two vehicles 65 ft. Triple towing is illegal. Riding allowed in truck campers.
RV Safety Requirements: Trailers over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch and safety chains.
State Driving Laws: Wipers on/headlights on. Right turn on red allowed unless posted otherwise. At least two riders for carpool lanes.
More Information: Florida Highway Patrol, Office of Public Affairs, Room A425, MS44, 2900 Apalachee Pkwy., Tallahassee FL 32399-0553; (850) 617-2381
Emergency number: 911 or *FHP or *347 on cellular phones
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