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Old 02-23-2015, 07:28 PM   #1
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Silverback with factory hitch?

So, on the way home tonight I happened to end up behind a new Silverback with dealer's plates that was crossing the border. It was being pulled by one of those RV delivery companies, so I assume it's a new rig.

Anyways, figure my surprise when I noticed this brand new, probably straight from the factory, Silverback was also sporting a hitch on the back of it. It was a little 1" sleeve, and mounted to the frame just about the same spot where the bumper attached to the frame.

I would have loved to get a pic, but well, busy driving and crossing borders and all that.

I can't fathom what it'd be for other than maybe a lightweight bike rack. I certainly wouldn't want to try to mount anything heavy on that sleeve and I don't believe you can triple tow here so pulling another trailer would be out too.

P.S.: I love the "Silverback by Cedar Creek by Forest River" on the back of it.

P.S.S.: It was a nice looking rig from the outside, might have to consider the silverback when it's time to upgrade.











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Old 02-23-2015, 07:55 PM   #2
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I bet I have a hitch like that on my 32RL, 50lb can you believe that? Why even bother to put the hitch on in the first place, 50lb!!!!


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We have a 2014 Silverback 33RL and it came with the small receiver.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:22 PM   #4
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I believe it 1 1/4" and rated at 350 lbs.

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I believe it 1 1/4" and rated at 350 lbs.

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Well, I was just eyeballing after all. Couldn't exactly get out and measure a moving vehicle.


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Old 02-23-2015, 09:27 PM   #6
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we have a SB and was told that hitch is for a bike and max wgt is 50lbs not much wtg, wish it would have been for heavier wtgs.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:21 PM   #7
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It is a std 1 1/4 hitch. Carried my heavy bike rack w 2 bikes from Atlanta to Goshen to Michigan UP to N Georgia mountains over some very rough roads. No problem! I put a tie down strap from carrier to rv to reduce bounce.
Would I place a heavy generator back there. Not without reenforcement!
Reenforcement would likely cancel your warranty. I believe they would call that a not approved modification. I would find another way until warranty ends!
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:30 PM   #8
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On second thought...maybe it's rated for 350 bucks and not pounds. I put a boat prop on mine. Lol

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Our wildcat came with a hitch rated at 300/3000 from the factory. Don't think I could put anything on it very long because then I would be over length.

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It is a std 1 1/4 hitch. Carried my heavy bike rack w 2 bikes from Atlanta to Goshen to Michigan UP to N Georgia mountains over some very rough roads. No problem! I put a tie down strap from carrier to rv to reduce bounce.
Would I place a heavy generator back there. Not without reenforcement!
Reenforcement would likely cancel your warranty. I believe they would call that a not approved modification. I would find another way until warranty ends!

My Honda's weigh 46 pounds each times two is 92 pounds plus the cover and of course well strapped down, not to move and not to walk off. They will not be on just one receiver. The last thing I want to happen is for it to let go and fall off truck. It's something to think about and plan, DW and I don't ride bikes and we have no dry camping trips planned anytime soon. But we are thinking with the snow falling now


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Spock,

That's where I am going to put mine when in use. My biggest concern is thieves. I am going to fab a box between my tool box and companion that I can lock them in.

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I don't think you can fix something that will keep a thief from stealing it, what you have to do is build it so a honest person will not steal it


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Old 02-24-2015, 03:55 PM   #13
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We have a 2013 silverback 29 RE with the receiver hitch class 1/2 from the factory. I thought when I ordered the hitch option, I was getting a class 3/4. I seem to recall when shopping for trailers prior to our purchase looking at older model 29 RE that the hitch was a class 3/4? Anybody with older 29 RE factory installed hitch??
I always towed our boat behind the fifth on our previous trailer class 3/4 hitch with no problems!
In any event if I am not going to exceed our overall permitted length of 75 ft. I am going to modify the factory hitch to tow our Lund pro-sport boat.
I know there will be some warranty considerations however it will only apply to the frame, not subject to water heater failure or other non related items.
The class 1/2 factory hitch is all but useless!!
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:27 AM   #14
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I have a 2014 Silverback 33RL that came with a class II 1 1/4" hitch. I upgraded it to a 2" class III hitch and added two more class III hitch receivers, one welded to each frame rail. I did this to attach two modified car carriers. Now I have plenty of room for a truck box and my generator. Works great. I'll need the extra room when I head to Alaska.
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It would make a good support for a cloths line!!!!!.It is also very well welded to frame and if need be you could add additional support to suit your needs...J
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The class 1/2 factory hitch is all but useless!!

Absolutely agree. That's why I reinforced the frame and installed a full blown 3500/350# 2X2 receiver on my 36CKTS.


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Absolutely agree. That's why I reinforced the frame and installed a full blown 3500/350# 2X2 receiver on my 36CKTS.
I like it. Did you remove the old hitch completely? Or just add re-inforcing to the existing 1 1/4 inch square tube? I think the 1 1/4 receiver might be OK just that one piece of 1 1/4 square tube from left to right doesn't seem to cut it??
Post more pics if you can, thanks!
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