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Old 01-12-2018, 03:20 PM   #29
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I use the DrawTite on my Excursion.
Carry a 300 pound onan genset.
Can't tell it's up there.
One hour install...
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:21 PM   #30
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I thought I read on this or another forum that obstructing headlights could be an infraction. Might neck to be sure. I would think it should be no different than cattle guards but might want to check.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:34 PM   #31
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As I said a post or 2 above, the headlight beams don't seemed to be diminished at all shining through the bicycle wheel spokes.
If you remove the front wheels, the rest of the bikes might fit between the headlights.
A generator fits between the headlights.
We don't drive much at night anyway.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:57 PM   #32
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I installed a Curt receiver on the front of my f150, to carry a motorcycle. Receiver rated for 500# and the bike and carrier are 400#.
I will be close to the gvwr of the truck with the AS hooked up.
I'm full-time, so it is what it is.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:59 PM   #33
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You can thread a neddle with the trailer, some practice required !!!
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:11 PM   #34
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Put on a 2" receiver. Use it for bicycles, motor scooter, firewood, coolers, hay bale placer, etc. Just keep in mind the weight you put in front tends to counter the hitch weight which needs to stay between 15 and 20% of your trailer weight.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:04 PM   #35
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;I installed a Curt on the front of my '07 GMC 3/4T Duramax. I did it to position a fishing boat. If I were to need it for the A/S 34 footer I would probably have to beef it up. The best way to check a truck's extra front end capacity would be to check the manufacturer's snow plow rating. I would not overload the front end very much because of possible damage to suspension and steering components.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:40 PM   #36
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I installed a front hitch receiver on my Tundra several years ago to carry one or two bikes. Works great! I place the bikes so that the handlebars are on the passenger side and I remove the seats so that I have minimal visible obstruction while driving. Airstream warns against adding weight to the rear end of their trailers, so this is an excellent solution for hauling bikes. And if, like me, you have more than one Airstream, you only need one front hitch receiver rather than a bike rack on the back on each of your trailers.
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:05 PM   #37
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For those of you doing this to carry your bikes, small motorcycle, etc., please be advised that if you travel to California you may be pulled over and ticketed.
California law prohibits anything being placed in front of the headlights. It doesn't matter if the headlights can still project through the bicycle spokes, or if you are never going to drive at night. If you're from out of state you might avoid the ticket if the officer allows you to move the bikes, but where would you move them to?
Yeah. Just another example of how California law makers can come up with a law to cover just about anything.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:21 PM   #38
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Front hitch on tv?

Yeah, and they also prohibit attaching anything to the windshield, like a GPS on-glass mount. Even if itís out of your login of sight. Even stickers have to be far down in the corners, or above the mirror mount. Canít hardly move in the Golden State without getting busted...
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I had a front hitch on my F-150 and put one on my Ram 2500. Regarding the tongue weight issue, I got a caster wheel tongue jack foot from Harbor Freight but they don't carry it any more. Northern Tool has one:
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...1784_200631784

I would back my trailer into rough position, put on the caster foot, disconnect, turn the truck around and re-hitch. Then I would raise the foot to put some of the load on the truck and put the trailer in final position.

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Installed a Curt receiver on the front of my 2012 Ram 2500HD after driving off the dealers lot "just in case" along with the Curt 15069 receiver rated 2,550 pounds tongue weight and 17,000 pound trailer.
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Installed a Curt receiver on the front of my 2012 Ram 2500HD after driving off the dealers lot "just in case" along with the Curt 15069 receiver rated 2,550 pounds tongue weight and 17,000 pound trailer.


If you receiver is rated at 2,550 lbs tongue weight and your hitch is rated at 500 lbs, seems like you just paid more for a receiver that will buy you absolutely nothing, unless itís prettier than a standard hitch then at least you can appreciate its beauty.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:36 PM   #42
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I never mounted a front hitch on a vehicle for any purpose except moving a trailers with ease. Your truck looks kind of low in the photos if you rear end someone your going to total your truck, especially at high way speeds. If I was your insurance company I would not pay that claim personalIy.
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