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Old 06-11-2019, 06:52 AM   #1
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Skid bars on hitch

I have an RV park not far from here that has a tricky entrance. Many/most people drag their hitch. My brother in law watched me when I went in and had me inch along, and one of my skid plates made a little contact.

My question is about how concerned I should be about this. If going slow, and it scrapes for 6" or so (I'm guessing on length as I didn't see it or hear it), at VERY low speed, is this dangerous to the hitch/frame?
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I bought solid steel rollers that bolt to the receiver. Very easy and work good.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:11 AM   #3
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Didnt you get active air? With active air, I lower front and raise rear to prevent drag. Takes time, as before hitting the dip, i raise front and lower rear.
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Didnt you get active air? With active air, I lower front and raise rear to prevent drag. Takes time, as before hitting the dip, i raise front and lower rear.
No, I was asking about active air after experiencing this site, but I don't currently have it and it would be probably next year before my schedule would allow me to take a week off to get it done.
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I bought solid steel rollers that bolt to the receiver. Very easy and work good.
Do they bolt on near the hitch, or near where it's attached to frame?
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Do they bolt on near the hitch, or near where it's attached to frame?
There are several different style available; either bolt-on or weld-on. There's even one that is held in place by the hitch pin.

Google 'RV trailer hitch skid rollers."

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Do they bolt on near the hitch, or near where it's attached to frame?
The ones I bought bolt directly to the receiver cross bar. One on each side of the receiver. I didn't want to weld on the receiver for legal issues if ever in an accident. 10 minute job. Went up and down my driveway twice, worked perfect. Didn't hear or feel it. I'm done working for the rest of the year next week and will be home if you want the info.
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My question is about how concerned I should be about this. If going slow, and it scrapes for 6" or so (I'm guessing on length as I didn't see it or heaCr it), at VERY low speed, is this dangerous to the hitch/frame?
If you don't mind the noise, those little hoops in the back are there for that purpose and unless you really hit hard, it shouldn't hurt anything else. The only thing wheels will do is stop the grinding noise. They still transfer the pressure to the rear bar. In the last 3 years visiting hundreds of campgrounds I don't think I've hit them more than once or twice. One other point, if you eliminate the grinding noise, you really can't tell just how hard you're grounding so you may do more load/twist damage with the wheels.
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A lot of them say not for DP's, but I have found one brand that claims to work for a class A diesel. Since it's my skid plates hitting, if I installed one, I think I would want want it not out on the end of the receiver, where it could put a lot of strain on the weld, but down where it would push straight up into the frame. There are some that attach with U bolts, but my RV is currently an hour away, so I'm not sure if the tubular steel is 2", 2.5" or 3".

I know the receiver where the hitch attaches is 2", but not sure if it's also 2" where it's welded to the frame and such.
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I recently had the Source Enginering tempory ride height adjuster installed. This provides a switch in the drivers are that allows the rear of the coach to be raised a few inches.
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"tnedator"......Here's something you should know. First, the bars are there to do exactly what they did.....skid. If you add any kind of additional product, you don't want it to hang lower than the skid bar. If it does, you're more apt to push even harder on the frame and drag worse than you do now. Putting the weight of a DP on steel wheels will be hard on them.

On my 2005 Monaco Diplomat, I did add a steel wheel to the hitch receiver as that hitch dragged all the time and missed the skid bars. I did some measuring and angle checking (line from bottom of rear wheels to hitch). When I added the wheel, it ONLY hung about a 1/2" lower than where the hitch was rubbing.

If you find that you just have to add wheels......buy some heavy duty square tubing, just a little wider than the width of the skid bars. Weld the wheels to the square tubing and then mount inside the skid bars, so the wheels stick out just past the skid bars on both sides. Adjust the square tubing up the curve of the skid bars so the wheels are only extending a little farther down than the skid bars.

Personally......I would just leave it alone and go in slowly at that driveway.
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I have an 8" drop down receiver and have scraped it twice. I may get that steel roller that attaches to the receiver pin.
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If you have to add a wheel, I found that this wheel worked and wasn't mangled by the weight of a DP. I had it welded on. My Monaco Diplomat (in the photo) sat much lower in the rear than my two DS's.

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