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Old 04-18-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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I want to add a tow hitch to my 1992 22' Classic .
I have seen these before but don't know if they are custom or an
option. I plan to pull a small 5x8-1500lbs.
Is this possible if I reinforce the sewer tube with 1/4 plate and tie it
across to the frame on both sides?
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Hi-Lo's were not designed for this, also it isn't legal in some states. With the 2 trailers you might exceed the tow rating of your tow vehicle. Check with J R Repair on your thoughts.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #3
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I want to add a tow hitch to my 1992 22' Classic .
I have seen these before but don't know if they are custom or an
option. I plan to pull a small 5x8-1500lbs.
Is this possible if I reinforce the sewer tube with 1/4 plate and tie it
across to the frame on both sides?
YOW! I'm no expert, but I'd sure try to connect this hitch to the longitudinal frame members.

The other consideration is the hitch load. What does it do to your HiLo axle loading? In my case (a 17' 07 model), I could not really add any additional load to the trailer axle.

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My two cents worth, If they were designed to have a hitch, they would come from the factory with them installed. I suppose you can add anything to your trailer, but you don't know what kind of adverse effects can result. If you can put a hitch on a Volkswagon Beetle it doesn't mean you can pull your Hi-Lo with it.
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Find your state and look down under triple towing. I looked into this many years ago, I live in PA and triple towing is not allowed.
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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My new 1993 Classic Hi-Lo has a trailer hitch in the tube that the sewer pipe is carried in. It seems pretty strong and I used it to jack up the back end with a farm jack. However I think the only other thing that I would use it for would be for a bike rack.


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As does mine, and I believe that a bike rack would be the only thing that I would use it for.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #8
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Hi Igbrotz,

Last year a contributer the the HTF posted a photo of a hitch receiver he had welded to the hose storage bumper. I believe he installed it to mount a bicycle carrier. The photo was an "after," shot of nice hole in the rear face of said bumper where the receiver had been attached. Again, if my memory is correct, they had hit a bump that caused the loaded bike rack to violently heave, tearing away the bumper face as the receiver, rack, and bikes went on a side trip of their own!

I looked for the thread but couldn't find it... however there are several threads from that period that dealt specifically with rear hitches/ piggy-back towing/ etc., that you may want to review.

The rear bumper on trailers (not just Hi-Lo's) is VERY light duty, and is actually meant to crush and absorb a portion of the force of a rear collision impact. Like a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a hitch mounting system is only as strong as its weakest component. I think that reinforcing one of these storage bumpers is like building a house on a weak foundation... very high risk. Jack's idea of connecting a hitch mounting system onto the longitudinal main frame members makes the most sense... just don't underestimate the adverse effects of having much greater weight on the rear of the trailer. That extra weight (and I'm thinking also of the second trailer hitch weight) can put a whole lot of stress on the frame, axles, and tires, and may exceed the Hi-Lo's gross weight limit.

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Not to dampen anyone's ingenuity, but, I'd have to question someone's sanity to do something like that. I also read someone's posting about the bike rack and that put an end to my thoughts about adding the rack to the rear bumper. I like the response that if it was meant to be there would have been an option for a rear hitch.

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