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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    The VW Bug had an option like that...


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    Quote Originally Posted by bead-boy View Post
    Unfortunately the gusset is of no use because the hitch is upside down in the receiver. I am guessing this was done to give more clearance for overloaded tongue weight.
    Without commenting on any other issues, the gusset does what it is intended to do regardless of whether it is up or down.
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    That is correct. The gusset will prevent separation at top (in it's current orientation). But separation will occur at the bottom. The most stress is at the joint closest to the ball (load). That is why commercially made hitches are gusseted at the joint closest to the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gxjetmech View Post
    Anyone ever see a tow rig like this?

    Those roof mount rigs were advertised back in the day when that car was new. I don't recall I ever saw one on the road.

    I did see a nearly identical bumper-pull combo that had skidded along the center guardrail 100+ ft upside down with Gramps and Gran still strapped into their seat belts and both white as ghosts. What an adventure!

    The VW version had to be a joke. Just adding A/C to a VW would shorten engine life down to less than 10k miles. The wind resistance of that rig would limit it to boulevard speeds at most - before the engine burned up.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    What do you call this kind of set up, a fourth wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by California View Post
    Those roof mount rigs were advertised back in the day when that car was new. I don't recall I ever saw one on the road.

    I did see a nearly identical bumper-pull combo that had skidded along the center guardrail 100+ ft upside down with Gramps and Gran still strapped into their seat belts and both white as ghosts. What an adventure!

    The VW version had to be a joke. Just adding A/C to a VW would shorten engine life down to less than 10k miles. The wind resistance of that rig would limit it to boulevard speeds at most - before the engine burned up.
    I believe these rigs were only a novelty for shows. I'd be surprised if they could drive on a highway. I've seen one doing donuts, where the car drove around in circles but the trailer only oscillated.
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    May depend on what your pulling. I don't know.

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Quote Originally Posted by hvw View Post
    May depend on what your pulling. I don't know.

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    Looks bad. Could of at least sanded it then stained it for strength


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    Quote Originally Posted by hvw View Post
    May depend on what your pulling. I don't know.

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    Should use pressure treated in outdoor applications. I would hate to see that for from the elements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvw View Post
    May depend on what your pulling. I don't know.

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    To make things worse, he's got the grain running the weak way...

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    And they are driving around still?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldalittle View Post
    To make things worse, he's got the grain running the weak way...
    And running the longer end of the plank on top instead of below, would have strengthened it considerably.

    Also he didn't need to narrow it most of the way out. That needlessly sacrificed some strength too.

    He didn't think this through before he began hacking that 2x4. What a maroon.
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    The only serrious fail I see is that threaded bolt instead of an appropriate pin. What an idiot…no washer is needed.

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    In reality, the hitch could be made out of steel in less time than was needed to make the wood hitch,,

    There is a binder now available, called a Speed Binder, that uses a cordless drill with a 14mm socket to tighten the binder.
    The binder costs $119 (probably plus shipping)

    Some guy on YouTube timed using the Speed Binder compared to a normal hand turn load binder,
    Both binders were tight within a second or two of each other,, the guy making the video seemed shocked at the results.

    He should have included a lever load binder in the timing,, what does a lever binder take? 0.9 seconds?

    He admitted that he tested the Speed Binder with a ratchet and socket, in case the battery on the drill is not charged.
    instead of 16 seconds, it took over 2 minutes with a ratchet,, Woo-Hoo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    In reality, the hitch could be made out of steel in less time than was needed to make the wood hitch,,

    There is a binder now available, called a Speed Binder, that uses a cordless drill with a 14mm socket to tighten the binder.
    The binder costs $119 (probably plus shipping)

    Some guy on YouTube timed using the Speed Binder compared to a normal hand turn load binder,
    Both binders were tight within a second or two of each other,, the guy making the video seemed shocked at the results.

    He should have included a lever load binder in the timing,, what does a lever binder take? 0.9 seconds?

    He admitted that he tested the Speed Binder with a ratchet and socket, in case the battery on the drill is not charged.
    instead of 16 seconds, it took over 2 minutes with a ratchet,, Woo-Hoo!!
    Four binders X 2 minutes, I don't see the value.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    So...just what I see is the entire weight of the truck is being held by the two original safety chains..!!? .. Have you noticed the little "V" bracket the original chains are hooked too? and the associated weldment to hold said bracket...?? Wow!!!
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    There is a guy in town that has one longer than that. When he parks he blocks the driveway for other people.

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    It extention so have a spare tire.
    It may work on cartoons

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    Bang your ankle on that puppy going thu a parking lot and you'll do a faceplant...........Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfjou812 View Post
    Still trying to figure this one out..............
    The guy appears to be parked in a handicapped slot,,
    There is probably a mobility scooter that is designed to hook to that hitch,
    if the mobility scooter is light enough, the "tongue" weight is acceptable.

    They even have "U" bolts at each joint, to reduce rattle,, that hitch is expected to stay there for the life of the truck.

    Even the license tag is moved from the center, to the side (it can just be seen at the top of the pic) so that the spare tire is now legal.
    Many officers frown on blocking the view of the rear tag,, even if handicapped,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Took this pic in Boston a week ago.
    That is a very common application for a bicycle carry rack,,
    Rather than pull a trailer, it simply holds a bike rack.

    There are other things designed to be carried as well like a rack for a 40 pound lawnmower.
    Lots of times, the item carried is also strapped to the vehicle, to give further support.

    My daughter has one on the back of her Toyota mini-van,, sometimes she carries six bikes,,
    I accuse her of overloading the hitch,, but, that is the cost of having four children,, EVERYBODY has a bike,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
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    That is a very common application for a bicycle carry rack,,
    Rather than pull a trailer, it simply holds a bike rack.

    There are other things designed to be carried as well like a rack for a 40 pound lawnmower.
    Lots of times, the item carried is also strapped to the vehicle, to give further support.

    My daughter has one on the back of her Toyota mini-van,, sometimes she carries six bikes,,
    I accuse her of overloading the hitch,, but, that is the cost of having four children,, EVERYBODY has a bike,,
    Hey I resemble that remark!

    I welded a 1.25" stinger and ball mount that I already had, to one of those. This is to occasionally carry a small, ATV size, cargo rack behind my Focus Wagon. It works great.

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    The only thing that makes this deal safe to use are the eyebolts on there to hook the safety chains to

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvw View Post
    The only thing that makes this deal safe to use are the eyebolts on there to hook the safety chains to

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