Hey guys and gals, new to the forum. I've got an 06 26BHS and have been looking for ways to take the toys. I've thought about toy haulers but we have three kids and thinking about another and don't want to put the kids to bed in the garage where fuel may have leaked etc. I currently have the use of my TV's bed but that will only fit the kid's dirt bikes and not mine. If I put my bike up there, Dual sport BMW Dakar, or decide to take a quad then I won't be able to fit theirs. Further, if we do decide for a fourth child we will have to start looking at towing with a Suburban or older Expedition or something like it which would take out the bed completely and would also knock 5th wheels out. Currently I'm towing with a F350 SRW Crew Cab 6.0 Diesel.
With all that said, I've been reading up on the Idaho Tote extensions. Does anyone here have any experience with these? The manufacturer states that they can be put on TT's but that it requires a very good sway prevention system like the Hensley hitches. Once that is installed it can be done safely. Jayco has said that they don't recommend adding anything to the rear of my TT because they have never conducted tests on a setup like this and my local dealership says that it can be done safely.
It would require welding a double receiver to the I beam frame at the rear of the TT. The tote has a rotating axle that is pretty much centered under the carrier taking most of the weight so their would not be a lot of weight placed on the rear of the camper. Because of the double receiver, the tote only articulates up and down on two pins and does not sway left or right, hence, the rotating axle. It is also not mounted on ball hitches which I'm told classifies it as a camper extension and not a trailer.
For those who are not familiar with this you can check it out at www.idahotote.com
Let me know your thoughts.