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Old 03-15-2013, 08:55 PM   #29
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Personally, I wouldn't use one of the those dual hitch things on anything, just on principle. It seems a leveraged, top heavy, wobbly affair just asking for trouble. Again, I say extend the frame and put it on front, assuming they have tongue weight under control.
We have one and have used it a lot on the truck for carrying a motorcycle carrier and at the same time towing either the Trillium or a boat. The combination of hitch, rack, and motorcycle adds about 250 pounds at the hitch on the truck.

Absolutely no problems encountered at all, and many miles traveled.

But success depends on the tow vehicle...

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #30
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the Aero box is too tall and wide for the front...couldn't see over it!
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I'm not sure "lengthening the frame" is a realistic option either. Most eggs seem to be near the limit on tongue strength, so the frame would have to be reinforced significantly, as the putting the storage box on the front would roughly double the length of the tongue.

Doubling the length of the tongue doubles the bending load on it, so it would have to be a lot stronger - in round terms, it would need to be at least 50% deeper than the original. But the killer blow is that the bending load doesn't disappear until well under the front of the body, so that's how far back the reinforcement would have to go - as a rule of thumb at least as far as halfway from the front of the body to the axle.

Welding a second frame tube under the original one is the practical way to strengthen an existing tongue, but with adding the new tongue section as well, it's getting close to the point where making a whole new frame was easier.
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How about a different solution to get the same results: Modified Boler project
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #33
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we've already purchased the aero box so we plan to use it!
How well I know this sentiment/phrase! Known around here as "The Words of Doom", they immediately precede exhaustive and usually expensive efforts to make some object work because we bought it before working out such small details as exactly how it will work.

Or if it will work!

This thread is going exactly along that course- so far we've suggested modifications to the rig ranging in cost from, say, $300.00 for the double hitch setup all the way to a couple of thousand for a whole new frame! All for the gain of 34 cubic feet of cargo capacity, assuming you bought the bigger box and will fill every interior inch of it without so much as an airgap between objects.

"Floor space" gained by the box is less than fifteen square feet. Since the dogs occupy the entire rear of the tug, removal of the back seat and fitting in of a foot-or-so-tall platform for them would yield the same amount of storage beneath, and much better distributed for the setup.

Not that I expect you to give the smallest consideration to this suggestion...after all, you've "already purchased the Aero"!

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This thread is going exactly along that course- so far we've suggested modifications to the rig ranging in cost from, say, $300.00 for the double hitch setup all the way to a couple of thousand for a whole new frame!
And I feel I should point out that we have left out another suggestion - of buying a 16ft trailer to get the extra space required...
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And I feel I should point out that we have left out another suggestion - of buying a 16ft trailer to get the extra space required...
Make it a 16 ft flatbed, put both Burro and box on it and I think we've solved both problems!

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How about a different solution to get the same results: Modified Boler project
this is a good link...thanks
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How well I know this sentiment/phrase! Known around here as "The Words of Doom", they immediately precede exhaustive and usually expensive efforts to make some object work because we bought it before working out such small details as exactly how it will work.

Or if it will work!

This thread is going exactly along that course- so far we've suggested modifications to the rig ranging in cost from, say, $300.00 for the double hitch setup all the way to a couple of thousand for a whole new frame! All for the gain of 34 cubic feet of cargo capacity, assuming you bought the bigger box and will fill every interior inch of it without so much as an airgap between objects.

"Floor space" gained by the box is less than fifteen square feet. Since the dogs occupy the entire rear of the tug, removal of the back seat and fitting in of a foot-or-so-tall platform for them would yield the same amount of storage beneath, and much better distributed for the setup.

Not that I expect you to give the smallest consideration to this suggestion...after all, you've "already purchased the Aero"!

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wow...just looking for ideas and brainstorming...not loving the snarky negativity...time to exit, stage left!
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wow...just looking for ideas and brainstorming...not loving the snarky negativity...time to exit, stage left!
Take it easy there, Girlfriend...

None of the solutions/opinions/advice offered by numerous experienced trailertoters so far has seemed to help with your dilemma, one with which I'm entirely in sympathy...as I think my (poorly received) post points out.

Best of luck to you!

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this is a good link...thanks
You're welcome. Hope you find a solution that works well for you
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Take it easy there, Girlfriend...

None of the solutions/opinions/advice offered by numerous experienced trailertoters so far has seemed to help with your dilemma, one with which I'm entirely in sympathy...as I think my (poorly received) post points out.

Best of luck to you!

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oh my..on the contrary...there have been some very useful ideas and links posted on this thread for which I'm grateful! We have the Burro which we love, we have the Aero box and we will make it work... funds for purchasing a different 16' trailer are just not available at this time nor in the near future...we've chosen to work with what we have currently and we'll be delighted with our set-up and make it fit our needs...thanks so much, no sympathy needed (for now)..happy trails
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oh my..on the contrary...there have been some very useful ideas and links posted on this thread for which I'm grateful! We have the Burro which we love, we have the Aero box and we will make it work... funds for purchasing a different 16' trailer are just not available at this time nor in the near future...we've chosen to work with what we have currently and we'll be delighted with our set-up and make it fit our needs...thanks so much, no sympathy needed (for now)..happy trails
Ladonna, sounds like you jump into life with both feet, good for you! Sometimes it works, and sometimes you have to re-work your first idea. But it will all come together in the end, whether or not the aero gets used as you originally intended. I'm sure you that will figure something out. Best of luck to you and your camping crew!
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Ladonna, it sounds like you jump into life with both feet, good for you! Sometimes it works, and sometimes you have to re-work your first idea. But it will all come together in the end, whether or not the aero gets used as you originally intended. I'm sure you that will figure something out. (probably by 'thinking outside of the box' lol ) Best of luck to you and your camping crew
yes...we do enjoy life to the fullest, in many arenas..biking, hiking, kayaking, camping and loving on our "furry kids" who seem to love traveling as much as we do...we'll keep trolling this wonderful site for great ideas...the ingenuity is amazing!!!! thanks ...happy trails
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