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Old 03-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Hi...we have a 13' Burro and need more room to haul stuff in order to "clean up" the inside...we bought a fiberglass Remora Aero box and are trying to figure out a way to haul it..it's made to plug into a 2 " hitch receiver but there is no way the Burro bumper is hardy enough to do that...so we are looking at smaller trailers? to attach to the Burro...looked at double hitch, Idaho hauler (too much!), etc....has anyone out there done anything like this?
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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if the bumper is not strong enough for a hitch, what are you going to tow with? If you have to strengthen the frame might as well do the bumper and use the box, towing another tailer is redundant!!
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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This is called "double towing", it's illegal in many States, and in some others that do allow it the permission is restricted to fifth-wheel type trailers as the first tow.

I do agree with your decision not to attempt a receiver on the Burro- not just due to frame weakness, but also because I think that much weight so far back on such a small trailer would result in serious handling/sway problems.

You don't say what your tow vehicle is, but I think the only way you'll be able to use your receiver-mounted box is by way of a double receiver adapter that allows you to carry the box and tow the trailer at the same time. ( see one at this link)

You'd probably need at least four hundred pounds of weight-bearing capacity at the tug's hitch for such an arrangement to work.

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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take the Burro down to a welding shop have them weld a 2in bar under the frame extending it out the back to set your box on, but be aware to much weight on the back will take from your hitch weight and make it hard to tow.

i have a hammer, nails and duck tape i can fix it.

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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What's your TV? Does it have a lot of space to put stuff? We have a Chrysler Town & Country with stow-n-go seats. Since there are only two of us we can put all rear seats down into the floor. That frees a lot of space for "stuff". The newer T&C's have a great towing package and they have increased the horsepower of their motors.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:26 AM   #6
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What are you carrying?

Could it be put in a roof top box?
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #7
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we tow with a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee...we travel with 3 dogs, so they're occupying the back, we also carry bicycle and kayak/canoe gear so that's in the back and on the top...the aero box would be way too tall to be on the top..I'm not having any success inserting a photo..but it's can be seen at letsgoaero.com...it's a large fiberglass egg that inserts into a 2" hitch, wt.=150 lbs. and it has a large capacity Sport Utility Cargo Trailers, Small Camping Trailers, Enclosed Cargo Carriers/Boxes, Hitch Racks - Let's Go Aero - Sport Utility Trailers, Camping Trailers, Cargo Carriers, Hitch & Bicycle Racks, Luggage Boxes we've considered fabricating a swivel wheel type trailer that would be an extension of the Burro frame...we're just brainstorming for now as we can fit everything in for now...we'd just like a little more foot room and not have to move everything in and out all the time
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #8
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Yakima (or Thule) roof rack and rocket box type cargo carrier. Lockable, streamlined, relatively easy to access. Usually you can offset a bike or two to one side leaving room for the box.

I like to think I travel in a style that I call "wretched excess" but I believe you're beating me hands down. Bikes, kayaks, dogs (3!) Yikes!
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #9
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oh well...we've already purchased the aero box so we plan to use it! we don't think of it as wretched excess', we're active people, love traveling with our dogs...so we just go for it....love life to the fullest
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:42 PM   #10
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thanks for the link to the double receiver...the tongue on the Burro is way too short to accomodate the Aero egg between the Burro and the Cherokee
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #11
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thanks for the link to the double receiver...the tongue on the Burro is way too short to accomodate the Aero egg between the Burro and the Cherokee
Yeah, but if I was heading down this road (so to speak), that's the way I would go. You're fabricating either way, add to the front so you don't screw up tongue weight. The cherokee shouldn't care about a few extra pounds up there. Actually, if I was doing it, I would lengthen the frame and put it on the burro.

If you're set on using that, you don't have many options.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #12
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we've thought about lengthening the frame too..we're just in the planning phases and just wanted to pick some brains...we're very safely conscious so we wouldn't do something to jeopardize our travels or those around us...we do have a receiver hitch on the burro, as we used it to pick up a motorcycle in new mexico 2 hears ago but we do not want to use the size of trailer we used then...we want something smaller, easy to back (ie swivel wheels) ,etc. we had one state park ranger in Az. ask us about the "double trailer" but no one else blinked an eye at our set up
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The cherokee shouldn't care about a few extra pounds up there.
The carrier on the back of the tug is not "a few" extra pounds - it is substantial load on a long lever arm (significantly further back than a normal tow ball position), and any reasonable mounting hardware will push the trailer's tongue weight further back as well. This is a Grand Cherokee; it might be different for a truck with twelve feet of wheelbase.

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Actually, if I was doing it, I would lengthen the frame and put it on the burro.
I think that's a much better idea.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:05 PM   #14
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I'd be on the phone to th AAA or to any state you wanted to travel in with your double tow idea. Most will turn thumbs down on anything but a 5th wheel in the middle. And don't trust the Local, County or State officers to know, check with the DMV. You would be in a real pickle 200 miles from a state line and got told to take if off the road right then and there

If you read up on swivel wheel trailers you will find that they need close to 60% of the toal trailer weight on the hitch, that would put your Burros tongue weight at about -200 lbs. There is a "Heilite" single wheel camping trailer on eBay right now you can check out with about 100 pictures.

Bottom line, get a bigger trailer.
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