Skip to comments.Home Made Trailer Hitch - You don't have a big pickup to tow your 6,000 lb. gooseneck trailer.
Posted on 05/14/2009 10:12:25 AM PDT by Notoriously Conservative
You don't have a big pickup to tow your 6,000 lb. gooseneck trailer. A little careful, well thought out engineering can solve your problem.
Wouldn't you love to see how the trip went? Good chance he ended up doing some unintended off roading somewhere.
She's hitched up and ready to roll! Amazing how the extra weight smoothes out the ride. Needed to air up the rear tires a bit ('bout 160 psi).
Added some super heavy-duty chain for extra support on the tailgate, (note the 'Heavy-Duty 'S' hooks to attach the chain) Also paid-up for some BIG Number 5/16 sheet metal screws to attach the Reese hitch frame to the tailgate. Likely two more through the carpet into the floor pan inside. Yep, probably overkill, but didn't want the possibility of having an axerdent.
Most of the time was spent on the front porch whittling down that MASSIVE solid pine 4x4 to fit precisely down into the hole in the ball mount receiver.
Note also - The 14''x14'' piece of 3/8'' plywood on the underside of the tailgate to distribute the load more evenly and beef up that tailgate support.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
I have a 2005 fifth-wheel and there is no way that I would put it in this kind of jeopardy.
I think this line states the “view” of the author of this article...
Wouldn’t you love to see how the trip went? Good chance he ended up doing some unintended off roading somewhere.
I suspect that he's no more impressed by this than you are.
One really hopes the driver of this "rig" only meant to drag the trailer to the next street over.....
Even if only moving it one block over, as you suggest, could end up “costing” 2 shocks, 2 springs...possibly a differential, and two sets of wheel bearings, and I don’t know what else..a new tailgate perhaps
Do you think a load that large might cause the engine or transmission of a car to overheat?
Wow, that one’s right up there with the pics of that poor VW Jetta, piled high with sheets of plywood.
OMG, that’s scary. I wonder how well the pin on the trailer tongue fits into the ashtray?
I was expecting by the title for this to be someone who used duct tape.
Ethnic engineering ping
You assumptions are correct. I was impressed by the creativity, but certainly not by the actual use of the ultra dangerous and moronic contraption.
Don’t laugh. Duct tape can do anything!
I love that show. My wife hates it, can’t figure why.
My dad is proof of that.. he makes Tim the Toolman look like a Yuppie.
That hitch rig made me think “Red Green” instantly. And the hi-jinks that very likely followed.
I had a 19’ Sea Ray on a trailer doing about 55Mph when the fishtailing started. Slowed down immediately, heard the bang, looked in my rear-view and saw the boat (still in the trailer) suddently list hard to starboard. Not a second later I could feel I was dragging, and out of the passenger window of the truck I could see a wheel bouncing down the road ahead of me. All kind of comical until you get to the part where the rim and tire combo (guesstimate at 80 pounds) going highway speed rams into a car. Fortunately no one was hurt.
I can only imagine what a 5th wheel, even at low speed, would do once it breaks free from this highly engineered solution. It won’t be pretty.
The mind works in mysterious ways. LOL
Nah, that's the beauty of this setup. Look how high that front end is sitting -- all that extra wind blowing in from below will cool things down reeeeaaaal nice.... (need I add, /s?)
Well, GEE WHIZ, maybe that's why it was posted!
duct tape 10 50-pound sacks of salt or rice on the front bumper and hood .. looks good to me. ;-)
That IS some mighty fine whittlin'.
Wouldn't even have to worry about power steering!
That’s a drill and a dowel rod. Didn’t anyone else on here ever manufacture heavy towing equipment in the back yard?
Aw, heck, it would have worked just fine. Now, it might have been interesting going down that twisty, 10% grade with yer twenty-buck after-market brake pads...as long as they lasted...heck, they charge big bucks at Six Flags for that kinda excitement...
Come on folks, this is old. The fellow needed to do that to scoot the trailer up and back every so often. There was an ordinance against parking trailers for more than so long. He had to scoot it back and forth along the curb every couple days.
Which is fortunate, because that moron is putting everybody behind him in mortal jeopardy.
Makes sense, since that truck wouldn't pull that rig very far...
Nope. Just put a big ol' buhlectric fan on the front. You could attach a couple of strings to each side and steer by turning the fan.
We’re talkin UTAH here folks!
LMAO, air bow thrusters.
Now that’s Cool!
The State Patrol in any state will definitely pull you over! You will be told to follow The State Boy to the nearest TA for safety and weight per Axel, the Home Ade RGN will be scrutinized and examined. I see the DOT shake down many OTR truck drivers whether they are pulling vans,flat beds Rgns step decks or a local milk tanker. The State Boys enjoy their authoritative jobs immensely!
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