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Old 03-24-2007, 04:39 AM   #1
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Is this fact or fiction????
Just curious, does it exist?
Last summer I had taken the 3 grand kids to the local park to play on the swings and the "Gym" as they call it when I saw going down the road the weirdest thing.
It was a 5th wheel camper being hauled by a SUV.
If I remember correctly it had some sort of support pipe going from the bumper hitch up to the hitch and it also had a couple of, what I imagine was stabilizer bars going from the ball up to the outside corners of the trailer.
I would think the word STABILIZER is a word that is a stretch of the imagination if it was what I saw.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:27 AM   #2
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Dunno Gerry, do you normally see things that aren't there

Actually, we've talked about hauling 5th wheels with something other than a regular truck:
Possible to convert Scamp 5th wheel?
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Old 03-24-2007, 10:01 AM   #3
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Good morning all. I saw the opposite a few weeks back at St. George Island State Park, Florida. A 20+ foot trailer was converted to a goose neck hitch. With the extra length of the hitch, he had a platform between the hitch and trailer to carry bikes, genset, propane tanks, battery, etc. He did a nice job of fabrication. Looked a little strange, but was functional. MikeB
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Old 03-24-2007, 10:32 AM   #4
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Years ago I saw a station wagon pulling a fifth wheel trailer. The hitch was on top of the roof directly over the rear axle. When it was stopped at a corner, I could see a steel frame inside the car that transfered the load down to the axle. It really was an eye catching setup. Old guy named Rube was driving the car. The Gooldberg kids were in the backseat working on some sort of weird project.
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:02 PM   #5
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Years ago I saw a station wagon pulling a fifth wheel trailer. The hitch was on top of the roof directly over the rear axle. When it was stopped at a corner, I could see a steel frame inside the car that transfered the load down to the axle. It really was an eye catching setup. Old guy named Rube was driving the car. The Gooldberg kids were in the backseat working on some sort of weird project.
Actually, my first car was a 72 Chystler New Yorker (HUGE boat) I do remember that someone actually had some sort of braking system and bolt on system that they claimed was for towing a 5th wheel with the king pin on the roof. I never actually saw the mechanism, but I wish I could have.
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:41 PM   #6
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Good morning all. I saw the opposite a few weeks back at St. George Island State Park, Florida. A 20+ foot trailer was converted to a goose neck hitch. With the extra length of the hitch, he had a platform between the hitch and trailer to carry bikes, genset, propane tanks, battery, etc. He did a nice job of fabrication. Looked a little strange, but was functional. MikeB
I recall seeing an Airstream on eBay done up that way once.

It was decidedly NOT a nice job of fabrication, as I recall. The amount and size of steel used probably doubled the weight of the trailer!
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:00 PM   #7
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Years ago I saw a station wagon pulling a fifth wheel trailer. The hitch was on top of the roof directly over the rear axle. When it was stopped at a corner, I could see a steel frame inside the car that transfered the load down to the axle. It really was an eye catching setup. Old guy named Rube was driving the car. The Gooldberg kids were in the backseat working on some sort of weird project.
Also, in my dim past (and I mean dim--and it ain't getting no better ) I seem to remember seeing a full size car (big Mopar if I remember correctly) with a roof mount 5th wheel type trailer hanging on it.... Dunno how they did it.... Larry
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:46 PM   #8
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Shadow Cruser was most likely the manufacturer of the 5th wheel you saw mounted to the top of the car.They built a couple of hundred of those set ups back in the day . I have seen several of them at antique RV shows. Strange looking birds !
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I saw going down the road the weirdest thing.
It was a 5th wheel camper being hauled by a SUV.
If I remember correctly it had some sort of support pipe going from the bumper hitch up to the hitch and it also had a couple of, what I imagine was stabilizer bars going from the ball up to the outside corners of the trailer.
I have seen some aftermarket products on ebay to convert a 5th wheel hitch to a goosneck and a gooseneck to a 5th wheel hitch. Might have been one of these taken to the extreme...

5th wheel to gooseneck adapter
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Old 03-25-2007, 04:33 AM   #10
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I have seen some aftermarket products on ebay to convert a 5th wheel hitch to a goosneck and a gooseneck to a 5th wheel hitch. Might have been one of these taken to the extreme...

Taken to the extreme is the right word as this , what looked like a pipe was about 4 feet long...I am sure now it was just some Maine hick just trying to move this trailer from one spot to the next. I am sure if he ever got on a road where a cop would see this set up they wouldn't be going nowhere.
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