RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Berk Hitch height

I know this isn't the towing section, but it is specific to the Berkshire.

I just measured the center of the hitch receiver after the air bags filled and it measured 16.75 inches. The pins on my toad, measure 22 and 1/8 inches. So I need a 4 inch riser. The problem I am running into is the measurement from the pin hole on the receiver to the back of the coach (in order to clear it) is 7.5 inches.

Has anyone else solved this problem with their Berk ?

Thanks,
Ken
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
fredhardy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 156
Ken - I'm working this exact issue on my 390-BH right now.
Ground to centerline hitch = 16 1/2 " (aired up)
Ground to TV connecting pins = 24 1/2 "
Solution = 8" riser
Biggest question I have is how long must the shaft of the riser be to clear the tail of the MH.
Receiver on MH length = 8"
Length of MH overhang = 6"
Shaft length must be 15" (min) to clear the tail end
Working to verify all this today and will post answers.
With my Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain tow bar, I have a +/- 3" to work with to stay within operating limitations.

Regards,
Fred
__________________
Fred Hardy
Phoenix, AZ
2014 Berkshire 390BH-60
2007 Explorer Sport Trac
fredhardy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 01:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
It's the measurement from the receiver pin hole to the angle on the riser. Mine is 7.5 inches.
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 02:30 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 195
I had this same issue two years ago. Ended up going to a RV fab shop with my blue ox riser and had a custom extension made. The finished product worked out perfect for my toad (total cost was about $250). I think total rise was 4" to be perfect for my Tow vehicle (Chevy Silverado).
CT Camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 03:16 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 73
Etrailer a has an extra long receiver that I got and woks perfect. I was concerned about how much was sticking out and flex of the hitch itself, so I took the hitch off and welded a square tube from receiver up to another crossmember at the back end of the hitch. It made the hitch way stronger.

Mike
mcomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 03:29 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcomer View Post
Etrailer a has an extra long receiver that I got and woks perfect. I was concerned about how much was sticking out and flex of the hitch itself, so I took the hitch off and welded a square tube from receiver up to another crossmember at the back end of the hitch. It made the hitch way stronger.

Mike

Can you give us the part number or brand of that hitch?
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 08:33 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Now I'm thinking maybe an extension and then the rise.
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2016, 09:43 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
silver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 765
I got an extension from Rtrailer and have been using it for eight years with no problems.
silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2016, 07:21 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
mikeborny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 271
I have the same numbers for my 390bh as Fred. I was looking at getting the Road Master 8" rise adapter part number RM-048-8.
It shows a 7.25" distance from center of hitch pin hole to back of receiver tube.


Mike & Amy + 3 and the dogs!
2014 berkshire 390bh-40
mikeborny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2016, 07:29 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
mikeborny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 271
I am also looking at the RM-048-6 which is a 6" rise, but has 9-1/2" clearance from center of hitch pin hole to back of receiver tube. Would bot be level, but within the 3" limit.


Mike & Amy + 3 and the dogs!
2014 berkshire 390bh-40
mikeborny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2016, 07:50 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeborny View Post
I am also looking at the RM-048-6 which is a 6" rise, but has 9-1/2" clearance from center of hitch pin hole to back of receiver tube. Would bot be level, but within the 3" limit.


Mike & Amy + 3 and the dogs!
2014 berkshire 390bh-40
The 3 7/8" measurement on the RM-048-6 is where I need 7.5 inches.
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2016, 08:21 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 73
The receiver is a Hidden Hitch 80232. 15 3/4 cl pin to ball, 11 1/4 cl pin to the plate for the ball. I actually welded a 2 x 4 piece of 1/4 wall tube and a receiver tube on top for a bike rack. I'll try to post pics.

Mike.
mcomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2016, 03:40 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
mikeborny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 271
Just checked with blue ox and they said their BX88131 with an 8" rise would clear the 7.5" needed to clear the bumper. It is only rated at 5000 lbs. which is what the 390bh-40 hitch is rated for anyway.


Mike & Amy + 3 and the dogs!
2014 berkshire 390bh-40
mikeborny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2016, 12:34 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
It's going to be close

Here is the only one I could find. Ordered it today:

2" Drop Extended Length Receiver - By N.S.A | HitchSource.com
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2016, 05:08 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
fredhardy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 156
After looking at every option out there and working with my local dealer, I still can't get the shank length long enough to clear the back of my 390BH-60. So I have an appointment at Arizona Hitchman tomorrow to fabricate a riser hitch. $175 sounded pretty good. Pictures to follow.
__________________
Fred Hardy
Phoenix, AZ
2014 Berkshire 390BH-60
2007 Explorer Sport Trac
fredhardy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2016, 05:46 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredhardy View Post
After looking at every option out there and working with my local dealer, I still can't get the shank length long enough to clear the back of my 390BH-60. So I have an appointment at Arizona Hitchman tomorrow to fabricate a riser hitch. $175 sounded pretty good. Pictures to follow.

Did you look at the link I sent above?
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2016, 06:25 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
fredhardy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 156
Ken - I need ~13" from the pin hole to the edge of the bumper. The one in your link would too short. Thanks anyways.

Fred
__________________
Fred Hardy
Phoenix, AZ
2014 Berkshire 390BH-60
2007 Explorer Sport Trac
fredhardy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2016, 08:12 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
AREA51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 160
I have been about 4.5 inches out of line for years but my dealer said 5 inches is acceptable and I think he is right. I did try extenders and risers but do not like to deal with the added length. When I had the tow-bar rebuilt by Demco they put on a new piece that I had to have modified (1/2 inch) cut off for the pin hole to line up.

GOOD LUCK
AREA51
AREA51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2016, 12:21 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
No Joy

Just as an fyi:

the NSA extended rise was about an inch too short. Unfortunately, I will return it and try to figure out how to tow the toad.....
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2016, 12:21 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
KennyGolub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeborny View Post
Just checked with blue ox and they said their BX88131 with an 8" rise would clear the 7.5" needed to clear the bumper. It is only rated at 5000 lbs. which is what the 390bh-40 hitch is rated for anyway.


Mike & Amy + 3 and the dogs!
2014 berkshire 390bh-40

Did you get this one ?
__________________
Ken & Laurie

2019 Entegra Aspire 44W
2020 RAM 1500 Laramie
KennyGolub is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hitch

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:58 AM.