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Old 12-19-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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front hitch for parking in tight places

just installed front hitch to my Titan, i needed to be able to park in tight places. this is what i came up withClick image for larger version

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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I use mine frequently. The only thing to make sure is that it's rated for the tongue weight of your trailer... some of our trailers have some pretty hefty tongue loads, so this could cause problems.

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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I use mine too. Tongue weight? I'm not towing it..I'm parking it!
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:18 PM   #4
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just installed front hitch to my Titan, i needed to be able to park in tight places. this is what i came up with
Thanks Barts, it's rated at 500 lbs, tongue.
Moving it from my alley, around a blind curve that I can now negociate with no problems and putting it in my back yard.
It was sooo nice getting it in there in 5 minutes, instead of 35.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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Where can I get one?
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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I use mine too. Tongue weight? I'm not towing it..I'm parking it!
I agree with you to a point anyway. The hitch rating is for a dynamic load so it shouldn't be a problem for the hitch at 5 mph.

The suspension could be a problem though I have heard of people just towing the trailer around the yard so "why bother with the WD?" then damaging the suspension. I believe just shocks mostly and air pump for air-ride system on 1 vehicle (don't know if the vehicles were stock height though).
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:54 PM   #7
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I have a couple tight angles in the yard too. I use my old Willys jeep for this task. I still need a spotter as I cant see around the airstream when backing with a front mounted hitch. Becareful.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:44 PM   #8
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Even for parking ... check the hitch rating as well as your vehicle suspension limits. We had to beef ours up for the front receiver hitch - even for parking! My wife stops the traffic in our street when I am parking ... sometimes not even in her bikini.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:06 AM   #9
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Where can I get one?
Etrailer and HitchShops both have pupose built front hitches. I am sure there are many other retail outlets for them. GOOGLE is a good place to start your search.
I just ordered one from HitchShops because they had the best price and free shipping.
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Since it's for parking only, an offset front hitch— to the right of center— would give the driver better visibility. Might require some custom fabrication, though.

I've also seen this setup for launching boats, so that the rear tires of the vehicle are farther up the ramp where the pavement is drier and there's better traction. Many vehicles have better gear ratios in reverse than in 1st, as well, making it easier to pull the boat up the ramp with the front hitch.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #11
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I'm looking forward to putting a front hitch on my next TV. My back yard is where I park the AS. I have to go down a narrow driveway with 2 6" privacy fences on either side, and a hard left turn into the back yard. I built one of the fences, and designed a "V" into the yard to give more turning radius, as well as 2 8' gates, and still I can just barely squeeze my 26' overlander in. I built a trailer mover off plans on the internet, but after it was all built, it was still too unwieldy to move the AS. Very bummed about that. Would have been better off to have put on a front hitch, but I didn't know about them at the time. ugh. Anyone want to buy an electric off road trailer dolly?
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:14 AM   #12
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I put a front hitch on our F150 back in 2004. Only use it to take our bikes with us. I learned to back when I got my CDL. Haven't had any problem since.
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Note that a front hitch WILL allow much tighter turns and transitions than a rear hitch. This can be critical for long wheelbase vehicles and tight turns, particularly if close together.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:42 AM   #14
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I've thought about it, but can't see the advantage of looking at the front of the Airstream from just a few feet away - you couldn't see around it to the back corners. However, the idea of an offset front hitch makes more sense.
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