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Old 03-05-2006, 04:23 AM   #1
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Front hitch on tow vehicle?????

Is it a big deal or make sense for those of us who want to haul bicycles or firewood on camping trips to install front end hitch to towing vehicle for cargo carriers or bike racks...i"m talking about 500# max cargo carrier or 4 bike carrier on short trips...250 miles or less!!!????

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Old 03-05-2006, 04:57 AM   #2
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I've seen it done. Most auto shops could attach a receiver for you and Camping World sells the aluminum cargo carriers and hitch mounted bike racks as well.

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Old 03-05-2006, 05:54 AM   #3
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You'd be surprised to find out how many folks use a front hitch to "front in" their boats. Some folks never get the hang of backing into a boat ramp and the front hitch is the answer. Now try that with an AS up front and you're really working blind.
The front carrier is o.k. as long as what you're carrying is not going to block or affect the cooling air flow up front.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:14 AM   #4
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The front hitch works great for carrying your bikes. We carry two bikes on the front of our TV and that frees up space in the bed of the truck for our generators, dog kennels or whatever we need to carry back there. Go for it.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:14 AM   #5
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i believe reese makes a front reciever for chevys at around 150 bucks the last time i looked.

i have always wanted one for manuvering in tight places. my grand father had one on his travel all for parking his airstream.

i have the truck that can handle it, snow plow prep package. heavy front torsion bars.

just got to find the time to put one on.....

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Old 03-05-2006, 07:51 AM   #6
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They are a great idea. Check with any company that maes tow equipment for motor homes to tow cars behind them like BlueOx or Roadmaster. I'm sure that they will have a front 2" receiver. They have vehicle specific models that bolt p yo the front frame.
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Old 03-05-2006, 08:36 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by GlenCoombe
try that with an AS up front and you're really working blind.

Sounds like someone that has tried. I was seriously considering a front tow hitch to maneuver our trailer into the back yard. I didn’t 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?
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Old 03-05-2006, 08:38 AM   #8
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One word of caution: Check the weight on your front axle with the vehicle loaded, using a certified truck scale, and compare it with the allowable front axle weight for your vehicle. Your may be surprised, as I was, that there is very little "reserve" capacity left ---to the extent that it discouraged me from installing a brush guard on my front bumper!

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Old 03-05-2006, 08:42 AM   #9
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I have a front receiver on my F-250 and it has proven itself to be quite useful. I use it mostly to free up the bed space when transporting the 4 bikes we tote when we tow/car camp. I have even moved a friend and used the front receiver with a tilt rack to move his enduro motorcycle. Quite handy, and not that difficult to install yourself. Just make sure your loaded rig is at or below the maximum ratings. My Reese cost around $160 as I recall...good solid unit.
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:59 AM   #10
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I put a custom front end receiver on my old TV, a 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser, to accomodate a 'sport utility plow' and found that it served many uses beyond that. We boondock a lot of places where fire wood is scarce or the collection of it is prohibited, so we put a cargo carrier on for firewood. I'm not sure it's more economical to bring a ton of my own wood or not. I just know I'm not willing to pay 5 to 7 bucks for a small bundle at the general store nearest to my excursion. I suppose if I factored in the reduced mileage with the cargo carrier and wood and compared it to the high cost of the wood I wish to avoid, the cost differential could be anywhere. Plus, we take our mountain bikes and have a reducer for the 2" receiver to the 1 1/4' of our bike rack. All around a good solid investment and versatililty galore.
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Old 03-05-2006, 10:40 AM   #12
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here is another above box bike rack.
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Old 03-05-2006, 02:42 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by GlenCoombe
You'd be surprised to find out how many folks use a front hitch to "front in" their boats...
A local welding shop installed a custom-welded front hitch on my '84 Burb for around $150. Never have used it for my Airstream, but it makes short work of manuevering a tight 90 degree bend for parking my boat at home. sells a nice receiver cover...

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