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Old 04-08-2014, 08:19 AM   #21
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Here are a couple of pictures of my hitch, put on early in 2012. It doesn't have two bars across the trailer, but the one holding it is pretty stout and has a bunch of little supports on the crossmember as well as the receiver itself.
Is that the factory, Jayco, receiver hitch option, installation?
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:50 AM   #22
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No, a hitch was not an option when we bought our 26.5. We went out of town and had a professional weld it. It took him about four hours to complete the job, including reinforcing the I-Beams about 4-6 feet toward the axle. He totally fabricated the hitch rather than having a pre-built one and simply welding it on. While they were installing the hitch, I had them run wiring from the rear lights to a 7-pin plug-in so I could hook up my boat without having to use the old four-pin plug. Total cost, here in Wyoming, was a little over $500 for the whole job.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:01 AM   #23
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I paid a bit more than that, but in my mind it is money well spent considering what it is for. The going rate in the Denver area is $700 for the hitch build/install, and $125 added to that for the wiring package.
What do you pull behind yours? I will be pulling 2 atv's, + trailer, for a total weight of right at 3,000 lbs. Tongue weight will be 260-300 lbs, depending on where I spot the atv's on the trailer.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:40 AM   #24
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We tow a Crestliner SuperHawk 1900. Total weight is around 3,500 pounds or so. Don't know about the tongue weight, but it does take a bit of weight off the hitch compared to towing without the boat. Weight is not a problem with our 26.5 RLS as the truck bed settles about 1" when we hook up the FW. I actually checked it a couple of times to make sure that was right. Bought the FW to tow behind a 2011 Ram and was a little constrained by weight so went with the HT, but if I would have known I was going to buy a GMC 2500HD D/A combo in nine months, I would have gone with a little bit different package, like the Eagle SuperLite rather than the HT.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:29 AM   #25
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And this is why I've never seen this on the road. All the states I drive through don't allow it.




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Old 04-12-2014, 07:07 AM   #26
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Would Like to thank everyone for their input. Especially the nice photos. Since we are pulling the new Eagle 33.5RETS, I will put some serious consideration into this project. It is legal to do so in Georgia, although the map shows otherwise. At least everyone I know doing so has not gotten any tickets and I checked with DOT and they said no problem. Probably be my luck I will be the one that gets ticketed!
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:56 PM   #27
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Been doing it for years with a specially built frame hitch. Go for it and have fun.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:10 PM   #28
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boats behind 5th wheeler

In NC, you will be advised to drop it on the side of the road And make other arrangements.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:12 PM   #29
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Out west it's very common to see boats trailered by 5th wheel rv's. When we travel to dragboat races through out the country, many are towed behind a fifthwheel.

I'm finishing up a hitch for my 31 Designer. The 7 wire harness is tonights project.
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