Hello, I've just purchased a 1977 Triple E Surfside and very excited. I have to go and pick it up about 1.5 hours away. Currently I am towing my 1978 Bonaire Tent Trailer from the bumper of my truck a 2003 Chev S10 4.3L V6/Auto. The truck manual says my maximum trailer weight can be 5,600lbs, and my bumper states I can tow up to 3500lbs. At this time I'm not positive about the weight of the Triple E, however I do not think it is much more then my tent trailer.
Based on this link;
I believe that bumper hitches are OK in Alberta.
With a well maintained bumper hitch, I don't see a problem getting your rig home using a bumper hitch.
Most trailers will require a Bargman 7 pin plug to keep everything working, charging the battery
, running the refrigerator
. Most tent trailers only require a 4 pin connector. You can get an adapter to get the unit home, but need the seven pin for the other services.
Very likely your unit will tow with the hitch high, and the trailer bumper low. Big bumps will take out your bumper. If your water works are at the back of the unit, then you risk taking them out as well.
In this towing position, there will be less than the desirable 10-15% weight
on the hitch, which means the trailer may not track easily.
Finally, towing in this position makes the refirgerator work overtime on 12 volt, and maybe not work at all. I believe that of the three options, 12v, 120v, and propane
, 12volt should only be used to maintain tempurature during travel. Either 120v or propane
should be used to get to temperature.