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Old 01-11-2019, 10:15 AM   #239
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:32 AM   #240
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Just bought 2016 GL 450 for my new 22. Need to raise hitch from former Highlander set up and off to Newport Dunes
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:56 PM   #241
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You should explain how many miles you put on your Jeeps or some will interpret your comment the wrong way.

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Old 01-12-2019, 08:32 PM   #242
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:45 AM   #243
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You should explain how many miles you put on your Jeeps or some will interpret your comment the wrong way.

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Hi Andy,
I do put a lot of mileage on but it has decreased significantly since my retirement. My coast to coast trips are down to once per year and the Florida trips are only 2 or 3 times per year. The Airstream is 2012 and has about 300,000k on it. My Jeeps have always consumed a fair amount of maintenance dollars in line with the status reflected in the JD Power survey. Second last. But I keep them in top shape in order to avoid camping in dealership lots. I have so far spent 20 nights camping at dealerships since 1998 waiting for repairs. That is why I travel with full water and propane and empty holding tanks. 2,000,000 k on the Jeeps.
My view now is that others may be right. Jim
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Introducing “Sully” - a 2019 F-250 Platinum Diesel towing “Miles” a 2017 FC25FB. Weight scale tickets and detailed description in the “On the Road With AirMiles” thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post2205359.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:40 PM   #245
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Andy, I have read several of your posts regarding set up and towing with vehicles that a lot of people just don't seem to get. Thanks for sharing your non computer keyboard based REAL WORLD experience. I have a Ford Flex with the factory tow package. I was lucky and found a used Hensley Cub hitch that I will be installing on our '71 Globetrotter. I would like to reinforce the receiver as you have done for other Flexes. Im in FL, way too far to come see you guys to have the work done. But, I have done some metal fabrication, I'm a decent welder, and I'm an awesome grinder Also, my neighbor has a lift I can use. Would you mind sending me or posting some pics of, or describing the reinforcement you do? I have found some pictures that seem to show a section of square tubing that attaches from the bottom rear of the receiver to somewhere near the rear axle but I cant see exactly where it attaches or what else is done to strengthen the hitch. Any info would be appreciated.

Sorry to hijack the thread but I will definitely post a picture of our rig towing our '71 Globetrotter once I have done the reinforcements.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:32 AM   #246
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Andy, I have read several of your posts regarding set up and towing with vehicles that a lot of people just don't seem to get. Thanks for sharing your non computer keyboard based REAL WORLD experience. I have a Ford Flex with the factory tow package. I was lucky and found a used Hensley Cub hitch that I will be installing on our '71 Globetrotter. I would like to reinforce the receiver as you have done for other Flexes. Im in FL, way too far to come see you guys to have the work done. But, I have done some metal fabrication, I'm a decent welder, and I'm an awesome grinder Also, my neighbor has a lift I can use. Would you mind sending me or posting some pics of, or describing the reinforcement you do? I have found some pictures that seem to show a section of square tubing that attaches from the bottom rear of the receiver to somewhere near the rear axle but I cant see exactly where it attaches or what else is done to strengthen the hitch. Any info would be appreciated.

Sorry to hijack the thread but I will definitely post a picture of our rig towing our '71 Globetrotter once I have done the reinforcements.
Sounds like a "consulting contract" may be a better offer, to get Andy's help, if your not going to make the drive up there! But I'm curious; why would you modify a Flex anyhow; is it because you have one? I thought the FLEX was set up with a 4.5K max towing limit as I recall, and is not rated very high compared to other SUV's in the midsize category; has that changed recently?
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Andy, I have read several of your posts regarding set up and towing with vehicles that a lot of people just don't seem to get. Thanks for sharing your non computer keyboard based REAL WORLD experience. I have a Ford Flex with the factory tow package. I was lucky and found a used Hensley Cub hitch that I will be installing on our '71 Globetrotter. I would like to reinforce the receiver as you have done for other Flexes. Im in FL, way too far to come see you guys to have the work done. But, I have done some metal fabrication, I'm a decent welder, and I'm an awesome grinder Also, my neighbor has a lift I can use. Would you mind sending me or posting some pics of, or describing the reinforcement you do? I have found some pictures that seem to show a section of square tubing that attaches from the bottom rear of the receiver to somewhere near the rear axle but I cant see exactly where it attaches or what else is done to strengthen the hitch. Any info would be appreciated.



Sorry to hijack the thread but I will definitely post a picture of our rig towing our '71 Globetrotter once I have done the reinforcements.


The Flex is a pretty simple reinforce to do so Iím sure you can handle it. If you send me an email andy@canamrv.ca I can send you pictures. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-06-2019, 10:01 AM   #249
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Yes the Flex with tow package is rated by ford for 4,500 pounds and has a class III hitch.
Not sure what you mean by "not rated very high compared to other SUV's in the midsize category" I rate it pretty high, I love mine!
As far as reinforcing the hitch, it makes perfect sense to me especially if you are using a WDH. All WDHs apply a downward twisting force or leverage at the hitch in order to transfer more of the tongue weight forward into the tow vehicle. Im not sure how many hitches are engineered for this angular force as apposed to a pure straight pull / tension force.
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