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Old 10-10-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hitch receiver on dutchstar 4020 placement

Has anyone experienced problem with receiver on 2011 dutchstar 4020T being located to far in from rear body of coach thus not allowing a sharp turn with coach especially to left due to ladder on coach. This is a Freightliner chasis and I am flat towing a Dodge pickup with a Demco tow bar. Any information would be helpful have talked to Newmar, Demco, and Freightliner and no help.

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Hi MackDaddy,
My coach has this problem. I purchased an extension (also holds the flag pole). That eliminated the problem almost entirely. Only on very, very sharp turns will the toad rub the coach. Go to:
http://www.blueox.us/Accessories/droprcvrs.htm
http://www.roadmasterinc.com/product...tch/index.html
and read about them.

If you purchase an extension, consider also purchasing two immobilizers. They remove the "play" on both ends of the extension. This helps the toad track straight and cuts the side to side sway to a minimum. Blue OX sells the immobilizers. Install them with the nuts/bolts on the side or bottom (not the top).
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Thanks for info Gary if that is way I end up going next question how do you determine what length to use. The longer it is I would assume would affect the load capacities

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Hi MackDaddy,
I do not think there is a choice for length. Most of the extensions have two holes for setting the extension in the hitch receiver. The holes are a few inches from each other. This is the only adjustment I have ever seen. Choose the extension that keeps the tow bar level when connected to the toad and coach. The coach side can be up to 4" higher in a worst case situation. The coach side should never be lower than the base plate connection points to the tow bar.
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