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Old 03-05-2006, 09:03 PM   #15
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We had a front receiver installed on our 2001 Yukon. It's great if you have to maneuver your coach into tight places. Ours was made by Curt---models are available for quite a few full sized trucks and SUV's. Relatively simple installation. Should take a hitch shop about 10 minutes to install. Caution: make sure that your truck suspension can handle the weight. Juergen
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:47 PM   #16
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Sounds like someone that has tried. I was seriously considering a front tow hitch to maneuver our trailer into the back yard. I didnít do it. It sounds like I may have saved myself some money. Anyone else actually tried a front hitch and have a different opinion, or a solution?
Our driveway curves so it's easy to see until AS is entering between house & side yard fence. (Just 12 ft wide concrete slab.) Then wife with portable CB directs. Be careful about too much weight on power steering... it will blow seals! Been there done that with a 31 Hi-Lo . Hensley now on 34 AS. No sag. I use an acrylic plastic mirror 12" x 30" angled off of bottle cover. Stores in back of suburban. Easy hitch front or rear by myself. Make one... you'll never hitch without it! Cheers, Airborne Sub.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:53 PM   #17
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We had a front rcvr put on our Avalanche,work's great for pushing the trailer down the drive that has a hard dog leg corner around the house.We use a Yakima rack for 2 bikes. The bikes bar was rather straight and had little problem,however we got a new bike that the when the bar is held it put's the seat in the driver's view! Next time i plan on removing the seat when it's in place to see if that helps.I was going to put the bikes on the AS bumper,but after reading the post i will work with the front rcvr. Thank's to all for there input.
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Old 11-07-2006, 01:48 PM   #18
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The California Highway Patrol being what they are, we got stopped once for having one of the bicycle tires blocking a headlight. Sometimes it's a simple matter of positioning, sometimes you have either one or the other blocking a light.
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:11 PM   #19
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I ordered a Drawtite front reciever for my F-150 TV. I use a three bike rack to carry two bikes on the front. Works well. Installed it myself in about 15 minutes. Cost about $160 delivered.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:52 PM   #20
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Use our front hitch as needed - in this case we were traveling with a generator. VERY handy.
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:42 PM   #21
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Front hitch recievers are good for a lot of things. We use ours for a canoe loader, among other things.
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:08 AM   #22
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Yeah, when we towed with the Suburban we used a front hitch for the bikes...worked great.
I still have the hitch if anyone is interested; fits 99-06 GM 1/2 tons.

Have some tow mirrors too that fit same...

Let me know, Bill
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:33 AM   #23
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I have to jump in here and express my negative feelings toward 4 bike racks mounted on front or rear receivers! The overhang makes for difficult parking, especially on streets with diagonal parking. Same goes for cargo carriers.

I understand the need for additional carrying capacity, but it sure is a pain when somebody takes a parking place PLUS with one of those racks.
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:45 AM   #24
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I ordered a Drawtite front reciever for my F-150 TV. I use a three bike rack to carry two bikes on the front. Works well. Installed it myself in about 15 minutes. Cost about $160 delivered.
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I ordered a front hitch from JC Whitney for my 4 bike rack. Took about a week to install using the small hands of an 11 year old to spin the nuts on. The instructions said to remove the 4 bolts holding the bumper on; which 4? After finding 4 to remove, the bumper still didn't budge. After removing many other fasteners, wires (nobody told me about the air bag sensor), purchase of a 5/8" drill bit and a lot of cussing, we can now carry one bike per passenger at rated capacity, yippee. Cut the draw bar on the bike rack to shorten the big protruding snorkel jutting out in front of the truck. Like the package isn't long enough already.
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:42 AM   #25
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I used a Hidden-Hitch brand. Pull off the tow hooks, fish two nuts through existing holes in the frame (the nuts were pre-attached to wires, that you snip off after fastening), replace the two hooks. No drilling, took less than 1 hr. The front hitch was a great solution for us. Bikes in the front, kayaks up top, AS bringing up the rear!
I would do this again in an instant, if we ever get another SUV to tow with...
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:23 PM   #26
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OK, sold the F150, bought an F350. Front receiver for the big guy requires removing (permanently) the factory fog lights. Has anyone figured out a clever way to remount them? Thanks
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:42 PM   #27
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Front hitch is pretty handy. I carry a winch on the International which I can transfer front to back as necessary. I also keep an insert with a big shackle for pulling with either end. Sure helps to be looking at the AS when in tight quarters.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:39 PM   #28
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