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Posted: 09/15/19 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We boondock for the majority of our trips.
Get into some tricky areas where we have to keep the trailer from hitting the back of the rv.
Didn't have a choice when I got the trailer otherwise i would have gone V nose and extended tongue.
I added an extended hitch and it helped a lot
I want to get one of these multi hitches for the truck and wondered if putting the extended hitch into this other hitch might create a safety issue.
Trailer fully loaded is about 4600# and I have 400# tongue weight
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Posted: 09/15/19 05:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Trailer fully loaded is about 4600# and I have 400# tongue weight”

Less than 10% tongue weight is unsafe.


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It probably has some sort of warning about using your own hitch shank. It probably could be done, if you calculate out the larger moment from extended the ball distance.

But why not just use an adjustable shank-mount designed for this purpose? They even have a torsion-cushion version:

https://genyhitch.com

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Torsion:

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Posted: 09/16/19 01:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With that little trailer it would likely be ok, but why?
Are you worried about Jack knifing your trailer into the truck too?


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Posted: 09/16/19 06:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I want the multi hitch for the truck since I use both the 2" and 2 5/16" ball.
Just wondering if I could use it in addition to my other hitch to extend further on the rv.
I have hit the ladder on the back of the rv.
I have had the top front edge of the trailer come very close to hitting the rv
It doesn't take much of an angle when pulling out of a site onto the road to get the trailer too close for comfort

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carringb wrote:

It probably has some sort of warning about using your own hitch shank. It probably could be done, if you calculate out the larger moment from extended the ball distance.

But why not just use an adjustable shank-mount designed for this purpose? They even have a torsion-cushion version:

https://genyhitch.com

Standard:

[image]

What you are showing is not an extension. It is a ball hight adjuster. I have one on my truck to level this out.
Torsion:

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cavie wrote:

carringb wrote:

It probably has some sort of warning about using your own hitch shank. It probably could be done, if you calculate out the larger moment from extended the ball distance.

But why not just use an adjustable shank-mount designed for this purpose? They even have a torsion-cushion version:

https://genyhitch.com

Standard:

[image]


Torsion:

[image]



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I use an adjustable hitch very similar to the one you linked in conjunction with an APEX 8" hitch extension on the MH and just the adjustable hitch on the truck. The 8" extension gives me piece of mind that I won't hit the back of the MH and is still rated at 500lbs/5000lbs..

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Posted: 09/16/19 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any thought to having a fabricator cut off the tongue and building a newer longer one?


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Advice about hitch extensions will go from “never, you’ll kill someone” to “you’re fine” on here.
My 2c is the weakest potential link in hitch extensions is the larger bending moment it puts on the receiver.
From a practical standpoint, I run effectively a 2’ extension on my OE 2007 Dodge hitch. Class IV I believe, with around 6-800lbs tongue weight and 6000lb trailer. Thousands of miles doing this with no ill effects and no bent receiver.
Just for comparison.

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