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Old 01-05-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Hitch Extentions

I want to tow my 2007 Shamrock Expandable (3600lbs) while keeping my tailgate down on my 2008 Toyota Tundra. This will in able me to put my golf cart in the back of my truck. The only way I can do this is use a 2"X18" hitch extension. Does any one have any experience or advice on this?
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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The average length for a shank is 13.75 inches. My Reese was the optional 17.75 inch shank. It worked just fine, but since my new camper has a higher tongue weight and I no longer tow with a Jeep, I went ahead and cut it down to 13.75 inches. I did use it once to pull my new TT, and didn't notice any bending of the shank with the higher tongue weight (only about 720 pounds), but, moving the hitch head out away from the receiver lengthens the hitch assembly, and moves the weight of the tongue further away from the axle. This increases the leverage the tongue weight has on the axle, and increases the moment of force exerted on the TV suspension.
With an extension, you'd see the same sort of thing. Add to that the weight of a golf cart in the bed of the truck, and you are going to need some serious weight distribution action.
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I agree 100% with Wrvond! Youroo!!
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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Will the golf cart fit if you take the tailgate off?
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Just a thought.
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The rear tires of the golf cart sit on the opening between the bed of the truck and the tailgate. I wouldn't feel comfortable taking the tailgate off.
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I have never seen that before. Thanks
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:51 PM   #8
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I tried an extension yrs ago with a different tv and a pop up. By the book it should have been no problem. It will cause a dramatic change in the feeling towing and sway will definitely play a factor. Not recommended.

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Old 01-05-2014, 03:01 PM   #9
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I really appreciate all the feed back. It sounds like I need to go back to the drawing board, but if anyone has ideas please pass them along. Thanks!
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The rear tires of the golf cart sit on the opening between the bed of the truck and the tailgate. I wouldn't feel comfortable taking the tailgate off.
I think I'd prefer to remove the tailgate and put a couple 2x8 planks down in the bed of the truck. With the front wheels of the cart sitting on one end of the planks, I should think the rear wheels would sit just fine hanging all of a couple inches out or so. A good strong ratchet strap across the back and that buggy ain't goin' nowhere!
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