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Old 11-30-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Interesting frame hitches

I pulled my bed off today and what I thought was going to be fairly easy to cut off and put in a hidden hitch turned out to be a bit more than I think I want to bother with. I really don't think its going anywhere but what do yall think? Anyone else got anymore interesting hitches to share??
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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Re: Interesting frame hitches

The real question is... what do you need 3 hitches for??
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:05 AM   #3
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The real question is... what do you need 3 hitches for??
You tell me and well both know. The only thing I can think of would be for chains to hook to or for some kind of weight transfer system. Other than that your guess is as good as mine.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:31 AM   #4
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Re: Interesting frame hitches

I've seen some extended truss style supports for hitch extensions that have to reach under the overhang of a slide-in camper. Looks kinda like a homebrew one of those.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:47 AM   #5
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Definitely looks like a home-brew setup there. I can see it being useful if someone wanted to pull a trailer and maybe have a hitch mounted bike carrier or something of the sort. Could also be useful when backing a trailer up in a really tight spot (better turning radius) I've had a few vehicles that had a front mounted hitch receiver that i'd use to push my boat into precarious spots a tad easier.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:48 AM   #6
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wow, first time to see one like that.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Re: Interesting frame hitches

The middle one is welded to everything. The two side ones I could easily cut off but if im gonna leave one part might as well leave it all. Lol. Itll work fine for my 18ft and im gonna put a gooseneck in for the camper the wife wants so no worries there. Just curious if anyone else has a home brew monstrosity like this one?
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The middle one is welded to everything. The two side ones I could easily cut off but if im gonna leave one part might as well leave it all. Lol. Itll work fine for my 18ft and im gonna put a gooseneck in for the camper the wife wants so no worries there. Just curious if anyone else has a home brew monstrosity like this one?
My Dad and I have more class than that. I did work in a wrecking yard for a couple years, I have seen some seriously strange things. Little aluminum jon boat upside down and epoxied to the top of a 4x4 conversion van to raise roof for a camper? Yep...
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:26 AM   #9
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Re: Interesting frame hitches

One issue with conventional receiver type hitches is that they usually interfere with the under bed tire carrier and spare tire. This is why most trucks don't have a spare mounted under the bed. I resolved that issue by moving the left bolt holding the carrier forward about 1.5", which allowed the spare tire to move closer to the differential and away from the receiver portion of the hitch.
That front bolt is very close to the exhaust pipe but I have not had any problems with it. It is a tight fit but it does work. Putting the spare tire in the bed is not a good option in the desert sun and heat, and it collects dirt and any debris I am hauling with my dump conversion.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:28 PM   #10
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Re: Interesting frame hitches

I build a couple of those back in the day. You are right about the camper, the two outside ones are used for the step bumper. We would weld 3 ft. extensions to the bumper and with out the camper the bumper could be pushed in and pinned or pulled out and used to step in the camper. An extension for the center receiver was used to tow a small trailer. (we would build them for their 3 bike motorcycle trailer and see them show up pulling a 23 ft day cruiser)
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