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Old 04-19-2018, 12:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed a Trailer Hitch Receiver On Their TT ?

I have a 2016 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2703 and was wondering if it is possible or if anyone has installed via bolt on or welded trailer hitch receiver ? On their Rockwood Ultra Lite ? Something like this or similar ? I saw this one on Etrailer.

Plan on using it to carry two bikes..
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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That is a good solution for putting bikes on the back of your tt, only thing better would be one custom made that is heavier.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:16 PM   #3
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That is a good solution for putting bikes on the back of your tt, only thing better would be one custom made that is heavier.
I have that one and you do NOT need anything heavier. It is very heavy tubing and plate. I put one on the back of a Wildwood XLlite that I pull a trailer with a UTV behind It's rated for 350/3500.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:18 PM   #4
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We are having one custom made right now. A welder buddy owes me a huge favor. Ours will handle bikes or our 1400 pound box trailer.

I have checked double towing laws. Its allowed in Texas and many southern and western states. Generally not allowed in those tiny New England states. I have spoken with a number of people who we have spotted at rest areas and truck stops who tow behind their TT's with no problems. Normally there is a 65 foot combined length.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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The fact that itís an ultralight typically means itís also got a lighter frame. If you check, there should be a disclaimer somewhere that modifications to the frame voids itís warranty. If I recall, it was on the part of the frame that connects to the rear bumper on our Flagstaff.

If itís still under warranty, maybe at least wait until itís out of warranty. After that, Iíd recommend you have a reputable weld shop or somebody knowledgeable in structural engineering who can look at your specific rig give you a second opinion.

Youíll get a lot of ďsure, no problemĒ and ďno, donít do itĒ responses on this topic. It tends to be a hot topic. I wonít give you a recommendation one way or the other on whether or not to do it specifically, just my recommendation that you get those opinions from somebody who can look at your actual trailer, and make a knowledgeable recommendation specific to you.
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Old 04-19-2018, 01:06 PM   #6
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I installed a 2" receiver, purchased from Harbor Freight, on the bumper of our 2304KS. I Use it for the bike carrier or for the aluminum cargo basket, also Harbor Freight, which I use to carry our portable dump tank. 3 years and 9,000 miles on the trailer (along with another 4years and 9,000 + miles on our previous Dutchman Kodiak hybrid) with no problems.
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Old 04-19-2018, 01:48 PM   #7
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I have a 2016 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2703 and was wondering if it is possible or if anyone has installed via bolt on or welded trailer hitch receiver ? On their Rockwood Ultra Lite ? Something like this or similar ? I saw this one on Etrailer.

Plan on using it to carry two bikes..
Since you have a 2016 TT, you're probably out of warranty & bumper alterations aren't an issue. I agree with DennyB that a cheap bolt-on bumper receiver should work fine for two bikes, but for about $70 you can add 4Square SafetyStruts. They make several styles to fit most TT bumper config's & less than an hour to install.

The combination costs under $100, you can do it yourself and it takes the worry out of potential bumper weld failure (which is a valid concern).

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Since you have a 2016 TT, you're probably out of warranty & bumper alterations aren't an issue. ....

Not necessarily, we just bought a new 2016 off the dealer and our 1 year warranty is good until Mar 2019. Though, admittedly, itís probably rare to be buying a Ďnewí 2 year old trailer, it is still possible.
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Trailer hitch

We have a 2013 Rockwood 2608 ws ultra lite and I had a piece of angle iron welded to bumper and put a 2in. bolt on hitch on and we carry two electric bikes that weigh around 240 lbs on a cargo rack.and have not had any problems. We have put around 30,000 mi of traveling all over country and everything is still solid on the bumper.

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Old 04-19-2018, 04:33 PM   #10
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Kind of on this subject (has to do with using that TT trailer ball to tow a second trailer), the link below gives state by state laws on triple towing:

https://www.goodsam.com/article/defa...eID=1195129#TN
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I installed the same one on a 2013 8289ws and use it to pull a jet jet boat for the last 2 years
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Has anyone installed a Trailer Hitch Receiver On Their TT ?

Weíre talking about pulling a ball type trailer behind a bumper pull camper?
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Weíre talking about pulling a ball type trailer behind a bumper pull camper?
It appears so. I will hold your beer for a moment.
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REceiver hitch on TT

I don't pretend to be an expert but do have 40 or so years pulling trailers and my opinion in one word is DON'T.

I had a certified welder make a platform for the rear of my 5th wheel to haul 2 bikes. I used it a couple of times thinking how smart I was. Then on one trip I was flagged down by another camper. The metal (not the weld) had broken and the only thing holding the bikes on the trailer was the straps tied to the laddder. Thankfully, they did not come completely off and no one was injured or worse. I confronted the welder and he let me know that the metal had broken and not his welds but I cannot imagine what a disaster could h ave happened if those bikes had come off at 65 mpg. Someone could have died.

I do not believe that these trailer frames etc are meant to do anything but support a bumper with a sewer hose.

Just put your bikes in the truck bed or in the camper please
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We have an 18 ft. 2011 Rockwood MiniLite etc, and I had a friend construct a receiver and attach it to the spare tire holder. Then we put our squirrel-tail bike carrier on it with two road bicycles and went merrily down the road. But when we arrived at our destination, we found that the bumper, spare tire and bike rack were all tilted aft. Seems that two of the rivet-like bumper attachments to the frame had given out. The bikes and squirrel-tail came home in the trailer since we are pulling with an SUV. We now carry the bikes in the trailer using front frame clamps mounted on board that fits between the bench seats in the dinette area. A little inconvenient, but much safer, and the bikes don't get all that road grime on and in them.
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Takes someone special to double bumper pull.
Sure wish it was legal.........
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Adding reciever hitch on TT

I had the bright idea of adding a receiver on one of my TT back around 2008, it was a 94 Dutchman that we kept in a father in laws barn in Ohio so we could use it when we visted. Saved us a lot of trouble and gas money and gave us some sort of privacy and independence to come and go as we pleased. Anyway, I bought an under the bumper reciever maybe from a WalMart or tractor supply, I forget but it bolted under a step bumper normally, well I had one of those hollow 4inch square bumpers on the back. I bolted it on, made a platform similar but smaller than the ones folks buy to put on the back of their vehicles to haul some extra stuff on, well I made it from angle iron, put a heavy plywood piece in it bolted down, and then used u bolts to bolt a 5000 generator onto it so, we never had to lift that baby in and out of the truck every time we visited. It was awesome, not issues, I think mainly, make sure you don't overload it. a couple bikes don't weigh much.
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