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Old 05-29-2014, 02:03 PM   #15
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I hereby nominate the eBay item linked to in post #13 (Lucky 13 at that) as the bad idea of the year.

As far as the original question goes, I can't image adding another 300 lbs to the receiver, and then adding on the tongue weight 24" further back. Talk about a recipe for a disaster.

Now, if Billy-Bob wanted to pull his 12' bass boat and put some bait boxes in the bins, it MIGHT work, but not with anything we have here, at least that I am aware of.

Maybe that's why it's on eBay, it's not the first bad idea I have seen there.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:06 PM   #16
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You might look into flipping the idea around. If the scooter rack could be mounted with a hitch extension - the rack would go on the back of the tow vehicle and then the trailer would get hitched on the back of that. Sorta like the arrangement in the link:

60x20" Folding Cargo Carrier Basket Hitch Tow Receiver | eBay
The problem with hitch extensions is that they substantially lower the allowable tongue weight (typically by 50% or more) because they act as a lever. So… if your trailer has a tongue weight of, say, 250 lbs., and you want to carry 350 additional lbs. on the hitch using an extension, you'd need a hitch and vehicle rated for (250+350)x2 = 1200 lbs. on the tongue!

The product illustrated is probably only intended for lightweight cargo and a small fishing boat, maybe.

EDIT - Bob beat me to the punch… again... guess I need to learn to type faster!
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And even if the tow vehicle and its receiver has the strength and 'tongue weight' capacity to withstand this addition, the trailer is now hitched to a ball that is cantilevered out two feet behind the tow vehicle, so expect sway problems right up to the point where the extender snaps off.....
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