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Old 05-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Towing vehicle with Showhauler

Gentlemen - This is probably old hat to you guys, but I need to ask what is the best way to tow a jeep (or something similar), four wheels down, with my Showhauler? I've got a heavy duty trailer hitch like the one below (not my truck but similar), but (I think) what I need is a standard 2-inch receiver and I don't know how to make it work with this set-up.

Any help is greatly appreciated - thanks! Andy

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Hey Andy, first off I'm glad you posted that picture of the back of that Showhauler. I had looked pretty strongly at buying that exact rig a few years ago. I even made him an offer but the owner (it was on consignment to busesandmore) wouldn't budge. Good to see they finally sold it. I recently saw it on racingjunk for $20k less than what I had offered him. I guess finally pricing it to sell worked for them.
Anyhow, my rig has a very similar hitch. It only came with one attachment that had a 2 5/16" ball welded on.




I wanted to be able to tow things with a 2" ball, and I also often use a bike rack that goes into a standard 2" square receiver and wanted to be able to use that on my camper. So, I have a neighbor that's a retired iron worker and welder. He made me up this:



He used 1/2" plate steel. Cut it with his oxy/acetylene torch. Welded it up. I painted it. There ya have it. Works great. He wouldn't let me pay him for it but I imagine you should be able to find a welder that could make one up for you for pretty cheap. Just print out this picture maybe and have him take a look.
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I forgot to tell you. The 2" square steel tube I bought at the U-Haul store. Then my guy welded that into the 1/2" plate like that.
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Bob - thank you very much! For some reason the photo of your welded receiver doesn't show up, although the photo of your original hitch does. Can you please re-post the new hitch photo? Sounds like just what I need!

Thanks again -Andy
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That's weird because it shows up on mine. And both pictures were linked from the same album on my facebook page. I don't know. I'll try it again.

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Gentlemen - This is probably old hat to you guys, but I need to ask what is the best way to tow a jeep (or something similar), four wheels down, with my Showhauler? .......
Any help is greatly appreciated - thanks! Andy
If you are into off roading (not just driving off road) I'd use a trailer.
If not I'd go four down.

I use a trailer for mine.

Year ago I owned and used a tow dolly. A pivot tray dolly is a lot like towing double trailers. (very limited backing)
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Thanks Bob- it shows up now. Probably an issue with my work firewall. That's exactly what I need!
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