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Old 07-24-2016, 06:48 AM   #1
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Just because you can...

DW has a great phrase: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

Extreme example for dramatic effect included in the pic.

I though we could have a topic on learnings from experience about ideas that seemed good at the time but in retrospect- not so much.

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Old 07-24-2016, 06:51 AM   #2
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I'll start.

My truck has a 2.5" receiver and I had heard stories in the forums about troubles with reducer sleeves. So when I ordered my hitch I ordered a 2.5" bar. It weighs a ton and there's going to be a point where I'm either going to install a winch in the bed or drop to a 2" bar and use my reducer sleeve - if I can find it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:55 AM   #3
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Speaking about hitch stuff - this whole rig is my first ever. So I didn't know anything going in to it. I also ordered 1000# bars - even though the manufacturer suggested 1400# bars.

The AS user manual is fuzzy at best (tongue can't be over 1000 or in any case more than the TV receiver specs...). So I assumed it would have to be under 1000# and besides, I read a lot in the forums about heavy bars beating the tar out of the trailer. So I went with the 1000#ers.

Had trouble moving enough weight to the steer axle until I had the 1400# bars installed - though, there were apparently many installation problems with my hitch (from original dealer) that Colonial ultimately corrected so that may have been the root cause...
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.....what axle ratings?

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Good and Fun idea

I like this idea, I prefer to learn from others' mistakes than to learn the hard way-hubby, not so much, LOL.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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At my company, it's referred to as learning from the school of hard knocks, on someone else's tuition. 😀
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:27 PM   #7
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DW has a great phrase: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

Extreme example for dramatic effect included in the pic.

I though we could have a topic on learnings from experience about ideas that seemed good at the time but in retrospect- not so much.

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One of the car magazines I used to get had a monthly pic like this on the back page(s) of loading oddities. I think it was Motor Trend or Autoweek, but not sure.

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.....what axle ratings?

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Bob,

That's more a perfect example of why you should check your lug nuts/bolts torque every so often or so many miles - on both TV+Trailer & cars/trucks/SUVs.

He's just driving along not towing/towed, as the wheel rolls away.

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I like this idea, I prefer to learn from others' mistakes than to learn the hard way-hubby, not so much, LOL.
Where is the fun in simply copying or mimicking some other guys hard earned lessons ?
The real fun is in stumbling along until you get that Eureka moment.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:40 PM   #10
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I think the axle is still there, coming out though. Not sure how this relates to axle rating, he's all that's in there. My buddy had a '57 Chev that liked to do that until he found enough money to get it fixed.
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Hi SteveSueMac,
What kind of truck do you have?
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2 1/2 inch receivers.

OK, so whats the problem with the sleeve? I have a chevy with a 2 1/2 inch receiver and have not had any issues.....
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Yeah - he didn't compensate for the eight of the outboard motor on the back - needs to shove it to port about a foot - that should level it out and make it safer going around curves!
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What kind of truck do you have?

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OK, so whats the problem with the sleeve? I have a chevy with a 2 1/2 inch receiver and have not had any issues.....

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See? You've already learned from my mistake. The value of this thread just rose exponentially. 😀
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Are you serious? A 2 1/2 hitch weighs a "Ton". That's #2000 lbs. extra right off the bat. Could be your problem. To much weight.
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Are you serious? A 2 1/2 hitch weighs a "Ton". That's #2000 lbs. extra right off the bat. Could be your problem. To much weight.

Well, too much weight has been a problem for me, but let's keep to towing and other camping stuff here ... 😀

No, I'm not serious. The 2.5" drawbar weighs 55# I'm told by the manufacturer.
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I am so sorry, but you are the one who said your 2.500 hitch weights a "Ton" and I was taught in school a "Ton" is #2000 lbs.
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Well, too much weight has been a problem for me, but let's keep to towing and other camping stuff here ... 😀

No, I'm not serious. The 2.5" drawbar weighs 55# I'm told by the manufacturer.
Plus the weight of the ball mount and ball. Maybe another 15-20 pounds or so. 70-75 pound total. Not something I'd like to pick up and carry around a lot.
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