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Old 05-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Are there any past posts here about using hitch extenders to add room between the tow vehicle and trailer to prevent hitting batteries/LP tanks in extreme corners.I read mfg's info saying it (18" ext) would decrease hitch weight by 30%.If anybody has experience with this setup,your info would be appreciated!Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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I use a 10" hitch ball mount, not an extender. I needed the length to open the back door on the canopy, it hit the tongue jack. Rather than jack-knife the tug/trailer, if you get into that tight of a situation, you may find it easier to disconnect and move the trailer by hand? I can't imagine any road having that tight of corners... but, then again I haven't driven them all
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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I take it this is something, perhaps "As seen on TV", that will, essentially, make the trailers frame 18" longer??? Do you have a link or pics.
Certainly anything that extends the hitch on the vehicle is a bad idea, but this doesn't sound much better/safer.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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The extender is a length of two inch tubing that fits between the receiver and coupler.The extender is connected to the receiver,and the ball mount is connected to the extension,then coupled with the trailer.It basically stretches the rig out.But I'm concerned that by stretching out,I may have a problem with sway.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #6
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I am not convinced on the 30% reduction. What it will do is to change the leverage point. That could reduce weight on your front wheels and could cause handling issues. I have no idea how much.
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Donna...I learned the hard way in a campground and it cost me a battery box.My dumb,though,as I put myself in that situation by turning left instead of right as the sign said.
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Harbor Freight has a 12" extender for around $20.00.
I used one for about a year with my 13' Scamp with no problems.
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Dave...Thanks.What I am doing is increasing my turning radius.I don't think an issue of transferring weight one way or the other should be a problem with a 13 foot Scamp.I could see where it might with a heavier trailer,though.If by front wheels,you mean steer axle,I'd have to overload the rear suspension on the tug to cause the front end to get light.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:21 AM   #10
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Thanks,John. Yup the HF ones are a heckofa lot cheaper than Reese or Curt.
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Look around a bit. There are longer ball mounts, which would be one less potential failure point than an extender.
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Thanks,Byron. Yes,K.I.S.S. is a good practice,but I haven't found any extended ball mounts.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #13
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I use a hitch ball extender to allow my tailgate to fully extend. The tailgate is a valuable workbench when traveling. I added an extra hole in it to accommodate the minimum extension necessary.

I use a Stowaway Hitch Tightener to mitigate the problems that arise with the excess hitch slop when using an extention.





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Thanks,Byron. Yes,K.I.S.S. is a good practice,but I haven't found any extended ball mounts.
How much longer do you want to go? For 10" here's a bunch: Ball Mounts - Draw-Tite
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