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Old 05-15-2006, 08:05 PM   #15
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One of my favorite sayings (just ask my daughter!)

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Probably can apply to bumper towing too.

As someone reminded me, receiver hitches are BOLTED to the frame, not welded. Measure your tug's inside frame and go to a wrecking yard. I know here in Portland, I can pick up a Class III receiver hitch for about $25, although I'd have to remove it from the wrecked vehicle.

Seems pretty easy to do and reasonably priced to me.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:12 PM   #16
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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;

http://www1.travelalberta.com/content/trav...InfoVehicle.cfm

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.

BUT...

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.

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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.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:01 PM   #17
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As much as I could find regarding bumper hitches is that they are not legal in Nova Scotia only.......seems every where else in Canada is OK......Benny
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:44 AM   #18
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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.

I do know that I really should have properly mounted hitch, but I was wondering if anyone else out there travels with their trailer mounted on the bumber? Trust me I am aware of sharp corners..

Thank you, and looking forward to enjoying this forum more now that I am a new fiberglass trailer owner.

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Old 05-22-2006, 10:02 PM   #19
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One of my favorite sayings (just ask my daughter!)

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Probably can apply to bumper towing too.

As someone reminded me, receiver hitches are BOLTED to the frame, not welded. Measure your tug's inside frame and go to a wrecking yard. I know here in Portland, I can pick up a Class III receiver hitch for about $25, although I'd have to remove it from the wrecked vehicle.

Seems pretty easy to do and reasonably priced to me.
Donna, ALL new hitches BOLT to the frame. There is a concern about welding to a frame and (up here at least) it is "sick bird" ....illegal!!!
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