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  1. #1
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    A Project From A Few Years Back

    Made up and welded up this project years ago. Made a trailer hitch mount for a horror fright crane unit.
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Man
    That is slicker than goose poo.
    I am wanting a crane in my truck and was trying to figure out how to deal with the loss of space in the bed. That idea is great as I can remove it easily.
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Nice build. Many of the hitch mounted cranes have a drop foot. This looks pretty clean and simple. Have you had this fully loaded or just used it lightly?

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    NICE job I like the design, thanks for sharing. going to have to build me one the only thing I will add is a retractable leg.
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Nice job and good thinking!! I already have a homemade crane similar to your's mounted on my 5'x8' tlr. Now you have the wheels turning in my head so I can switch it back and forth.
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    It’s legal to pickup road kill in Washington now or maybe it’s Oregon, u could load up a nice deer with that no sweat



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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Pretty neat. Does that top boom section slide on and off too?
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Quote Originally Posted by motolife313 View Post
    It’s legal to pickup road kill in Washington now or maybe it’s Oregon, u could load up a nice deer with that no sweat


    Guh ross Dude.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Amazing anything Horrible Fright lasted long beyond the store.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Quote Originally Posted by forhire View Post
    Nice build. Many of the hitch mounted cranes have a drop foot. This looks pretty clean and simple. Have you had this fully loaded or just used it lightly?
    Eventially I will add a support drop foot to it. If it is heavily loaded, it will "squat" quite a bit on that left corner/side.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Pretty neat. Does that top boom section slide on and off too?
    Yes, it rotates/swivels and will also slide on and off.

  12. #12
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Great idea! Another interesting project for me to do someday
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Looked at my hitch and it has the round tube cross member. 1 1/2" pipe wont quite fit so maybe I'll see how loose 1 1/4" fits and might have to make some shims for it.
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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    Looked at my hitch and it has the round tube cross member. 1 1/2" pipe wont quite fit so maybe I'll see how loose 1 1/4" fits and might have to make some shims for it.
    Mike
    I had to add shims and build up the square tube that went into the cross square tube member to make it fit snug with not too much play.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    That's slick, now I just need to buy a truck to put it on. Soon to be next purchase, hopefully by Christmas.
    Regards
    Dave

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    A few years ago, I sold that truck without the crane mod to my brother because he needed a truck. After I sold it soon afterwards, I realized how much I needed a truck and how I should not have sold it. But about a week ago I bought it back from him and now I am back in business!

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    I remember when you originally posted your build. It looks good and I have one of those cranes that have been in the corner of my garage for 20 years. I should build one like yours with a HF crank down foot to help support weight.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    tfl, it looks great!
    I have one I made a few years back but the tailgate made it kind of a pain with it mounted in the corner of the bed. I may try your design and see. I always wanted to convert it to electric over hydraulic and have the boom telescope with hydraulics as well.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    thats pretty trick, great idea....how much weight can that crane lift safely?

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    If your asking me I would say 300# maybe more in close, up to 500# I weigh around 255# and it has no issue lifting me

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    Quote Originally Posted by dave_dj1 View Post
    tfl, it looks great!
    I have one I made a few years back but the tailgate made it kind of a pain with it mounted in the corner of the bed. I may try your design and see. I always wanted to convert it to electric over hydraulic and have the boom telescope with hydraulics as well.

    This photo appears to need to be in the trailer fail thread...

    OP...I have a different design but same effect. The best idea I found using for a foot for it was I welded a trailer hitch jack to it that flips up when not needed. When swung down I would crank it to snug the ground to allow for added weight and torque on reciever hitch.

    No photos...sorry.

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    Re: A Project From A Few Years Back

    I like this build. I have a small and similar type lift about the same size but it's aluminum with a 500# rating. I saved this from a tower demolition job several years ago. I also have several 36" stroke 1-1/4" bore hydraulic cylinders that could elevate the boom, a 1500# hydraulic driven cable winch, along with 12VDC hydraulic pumping units. Something like this installed would make my pickup a lot more usable and save my back.
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