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Old 05-08-2015, 09:09 AM   #11
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Rather than a pre-built bolt-on hitch, I would suggest you follow what dzwiss is doing and get one frabricated. That's what we did on our first FW in 1993 and our second one in 2012. We have pulled boats weighing as much as 5,000 pounds, including boat trailer, with this type and have never had a problem. Our last one was done by a professional welder and cost us right at $500, including rigging the plug-in for the boat trailer. The welder obviously took great care to make it right as he used square tubing and reinforced the I-beams about six feet forward from the rear of the FW before building the hitch. I certainly would not use a bumper hitch, my son did that with his FW and dropped their bikes on the freeway on their way to see us.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:56 PM   #12
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New Receiver and Bike Rack

The new receiver and bike rack setup is now complete. Here are some photos. The receiver ended up costing $430 and looks to be very sturdy. The fabricator told me that it would be capable of towing 3500 lbs but I have no plans to tow with it. It was done by Master Truck and Trailer of Wadsworth, IL. I have had work done by them before and they are good.

The bike rack I got is a Swagman Dispatch. $288 from eTrailer with free shipping. It is RV approved by the manufacturer and the only one I could find that was made from heavy duty 2" steel. Any other RV approved rack I saw was 1 1/4" and supplied with a rubber filler to fit a 2" hitch. This setup was not cheap, but I have the utmost confidence in it.

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Old 05-21-2015, 08:52 AM   #13
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Nice job. Looks like he did great, clean work. I think you will enjoy that much more than a bolt-on product.
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Nice job. Looks like he did great, clean work. I think you will enjoy that much more than a bolt-on product.
A quality weld can be stronger than a the original steel, however, there is nothing wrong with bolt on hitches. Realize most truck OEM hitches are bolt on from the factory, as are the vast majority of fifth wheel hitches. My fifth wheel hitch is bolts connecting the frame and rails, holding the hitch with four more removable bolts. And for a standard hitch, it's also being held by a little pin through the receiver.

The problem with welds as well is they are susceptible to cracks and are only as good as the welder.

Point is, I've had both on my trailer, and neither has been a problem. I tow a 18' boat behind my fifth wheel on a bolt on hitch and it hasn't move a single millimeter. Either way, it must be done to spec using quality material and it will be plenty strong enough.

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