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Old 08-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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great input, thanks
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:05 AM   #12
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My worry with this whole concept is that some people have 2" receivers attached at the back for bike racks etc, that could never tow anything and aren't intended for it but the draw bar will fit. My old TT had a receiver just bolted to the bumper, the previous owner had one of those storage boxes on it.
If I was going to tow a boat behind my 5er I wouid have the welding shop modify a proper receiver frame and attach it to the 5er frame with custom brackets in at least four places. I just had custom ones made for my hitch in the bed of my truck and saw the process first hand, I believe most well equipped shops could make you a strong hitch, but you need to find out about the whole system too. How much can your hitch take, how much will the new rig weigh, there could be a weak point in the system that isn't the part you are making from scratch. Train units are used in heavy over the road transportation so if you can legally tow in your home state, and have the skills to handle it, and your rig can be successfully modified then you will have a great set up and I can't think of anything cooler than having my boat and my camper with me on a long trip (I wish I had a boat)
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #13
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i am having it welded on at a shop they will be welding on extra support and it will be just under the factory bumper, they are setting it up to handle a 3,000lbs boat
although my boat will only be about 400 to 500lbs, i just like to have things alittle stronger then needed
and taking the boat will only be a 200mile trip once a year at most
the big thing is putting 4 bikes back there and my bumper dose not seem strong enough for the bikes
they could have just put on a hitch strong enough for the bikes but i figure for $200. more i wont have to mess with it again
i will also have to wait until i get a new TV for the boat towing because i am pushing the limits of my current TV and it has to last 2 more years
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #14
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I did it years ago but not with a 5th wheeler. The train is a BEAR to back. Plan everywhere you stop so there is no backing involved
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