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Old 02-18-2016, 04:06 PM   #11
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Question, if you have a front receiver and hitch, use it to position your trailer, are you really able to see anything?

Backing it the traditional method actually gets you and the mirrors far enough forward of the TT to actually see down the side a bit. But if you are essentially pushing the TT mirrors are no use, and your actual field of vision would be so close to the TT I would expect you could not see down the side (at least not the right side as you look at it). To me spotting a trailer "blind" by pushing would be much more challenging than backing it with some vision. Maybe a boat or flatbed, but not a high profile trailer.

Interested to hear from others who have actually done it.
Me too. I depend on DW for spotting, but even then, I can see better with mirrors...
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:34 PM   #12
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Took a pic of my neighbors truck and as you can see he can mount the ball on either side. This way he can see what he's doing instead of looking at the trailer wall.
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Old 02-18-2016, 05:59 PM   #13
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Friend has had a front hitch on his various Trucks for years. He always had it off-centered to the right. He is big into Fishing and can push his Boat down the ramp & into the water easily, even in the dark. He can see down the side and have the left headlight lighting the way. I saw him do the same with Cargo trailers.

Other than possible extra weight of a TT, see no reason not to have one. And even than, you probably not going for more than few feet
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:18 PM   #14
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I know with my trailer being longer it actually makes it easier to back in but I do have my wife spotting and if there is a question about distance from a tree or object I get out and look for myself ... still think its easier than having to unhitch and rehook to a front hitch
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:39 PM   #15
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I would not be doing this as a matter of routine. In fact, the situation might never come up. But just a possible option. I know from work, it can make an impossible situation very easy.

I do have a possible issue with tongue weight. The hitch I'm buying has a tongue weight rating of 500 lbs. I'm sure I'll be over that by approx 200 lbs. But as stated above, It'll be just for a few feet, not bounding down the highway.

The issue of view is something I'd not considered. DW would have to be a spotter on the far side. Plus, I'd have already inspected the entire run before even starting.

The hitch is dead center on the truck. Here are a couple pic of one on another RAM ( not mine ). This was posted on the web.

Easy mounting. Same holes as the tow hooks.

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Old 02-19-2016, 07:46 AM   #16
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I would not be doing this as a matter of routine. In fact, the situation might never come up. But just a possible option. I know from work, it can make an impossible situation very easy.

I do have a possible issue with tongue weight. The hitch I'm buying has a tongue weight rating of 500 lbs. I'm sure I'll be over that by approx 200 lbs. But as stated above, It'll be just for a few feet, not bounding down the highway.

The issue of view is something I'd not considered. DW would have to be a spotter on the far side. Plus, I'd have already inspected the entire run before even starting.

The hitch is dead center on the truck. Here are a couple pic of one on another RAM ( not mine ). This was posted on the web.

Easy mounting. Same holes as the tow hooks.

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Be careful if you do that type of mount. I've read some guys have bent their tow hooks by putting downward force on them (like tying it down to a trailer for flat-bed towing). They are meant to be pulled straight out, not down. So if you use that hitch receiver on those tow-hook mounts, you could be creating the same torsional pressure that allows that part of the truck to be bent. It's not pretty, the bumper looks like it's been in a wreck when it happens.

Just a thought. I would want more than 500 lbs capacity for mine since I'm likely to be pushing over 1000 lbs on the tongue.
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I only used the front hitch with the TT once, and visibility was the reason that I didn't do it again. That said, I have a 12' utility trailer that I can put in incredibly tight spots using the front hitch. My primary use is the front kayak yoke while pulling my 5'er.
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Be careful if you do that type of mount. I've read some guys have bent their tow hooks by putting downward force on them (like tying it down to a trailer for flat-bed towing). They are meant to be pulled straight out, not down. So if you use that hitch receiver on those tow-hook mounts, you could be creating the same torsional pressure that allows that part of the truck to be bent. It's not pretty, the bumper looks like it's been in a wreck when it happens.

Just a thought. I would want more than 500 lbs capacity for mine since I'm likely to be pushing over 1000 lbs on the tongue.
Thanks Bob,

That does give me pause. Sure don't want to damage the front end of the truck. I won't approach 1K lbs. However, 700-800 is very possible. If I try this, I would probably slowly lower the trailer tongue onto the ball, and watch/listen carefully for any sign of strain. Very possible this may just become an expensive step up for under hood access. Thanks for that heads up.

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