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Old 09-22-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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Trailer clipping truck when making 180 degree u-turn

I have a 2016 WRL work and play.the front nose cap that covers the propane tanks and Generator.The tow vehicle is a 2002 Ford F350 pickup.when I try to make a hundred eighty degree U-turn, when I get past 90 degrees, and in the second half of the u-turn, the truck and trailer hit causing dents in my rear fender. The tabs that are used to lock down the front black plastic enclosure's put's dent's above and below the tail lights. As anyone else have dents in the back of their truck and not know how or where they came from, now you know.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:39 PM   #2
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I have a 2016 WRL work and play.the front nose cap that covers the propane tanks and Generator.The tow vehicle is a 2002 Ford F350 pickup.when I try to make a hundred eighty degree U-turn, when I get past 90 degrees, and in the second half of the u-turn, the truck and trailer hit causing dents in my rear fender. The tabs that are used to lock down the front black plastic enclosure's put's dent's above and below the tail lights. As anyone else have dents in the back of their truck and not know how or where they came from, now you know.
That's called a Jack Knife... Probably should refrain from more than 90 degree turns..,IMHO
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That's called a Jack Knife... Probably should refrain from more than 90 degree turns..,IMHO
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Could you get an extended ball mount ? I would assume 1or 2 inches would fix/help the situation. You could get a cheap/scrap mount and drill another hole to TEST with.


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Trailer clipping truck when making 180 degree u-turn

I know they make a 12 and 18 inch
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:34 PM   #6
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I know they make a 12 and 18 inch
Dunno if "hijacking" a thread is ethical, but.........

If I put a 12 or 18 in extension on my hitch, what effect will it have on the equalizer bars or on the perceived hitch weight ?

Will I be jeopardizing safety in any way ?

( I am asking, as my tailgate is blocked by the electric tongue jack )
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Dunno if "hijacking" a thread is ethical, but.........

If I put a 12 or 18 in extension on my hitch, what effect will it have on the equalizer bars or on the perceived hitch weight ?

Will I be jeopardizing safety in any way ?

( I am asking, as my tailgate is blocked by the electric tongue jack )
I would not think it would make any significant difference on hitch weight or WD. You could easily determine that by measuring your front wheel well height before and after adding the extension.

My bigger concern would be to make sure the extension has the weight ratings your original hitch has.
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Old 09-24-2016, 06:58 AM   #8
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Think about this, you are towing a V hooked at the point you have about three feet on each side of the tow vehicle, how do you expect to get past around 80 degrees, if you have weight distribution it will be less than 80 degrees. It's simple geometry.
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I have a 2016 WRL work and play.the front nose cap that covers the propane tanks and Generator.The tow vehicle is a 2002 Ford F350 pickup.when I try to make a hundred eighty degree U-turn, when I get past 90 degrees, and in the second half of the u-turn, the truck and trailer hit causing dents in my rear fender. The tabs that are used to lock down the front black plastic enclosure's put's dent's above and below the tail lights. As anyone else have dents in the back of their truck and not know how or where they came from, now you know.
Why are you making a 180 degree turn WOW any truck and trailer would be damaged that's half of a 360. Just a right turn from a street to another street is only a 90
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Dunno if "hijacking" a thread is ethical, but.........

If I put a 12 or 18 in extension on my hitch, what effect will it have on the equalizer bars or on the perceived hitch weight ?

Will I be jeopardizing safety in any way ?

( I am asking, as my tailgate is blocked by the electric tongue jack )
From etrailer an extender will reduce towing your towing and tongue weight capacities.
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-hitch-a...extenders.aspx
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