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Old 03-30-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hitch drag when going up driveway. Any ideas?

My 36 foot Pace Arrow has a long rear overhang, which causes it to drag the rear stone shield and hitch when going up or down my driveway, that is at a different angle than the street.

As it would be very expensive to have the street edge or the driveway skirt changed. I was wondering if anyone has experience plugging an adjustable wheel like they use to hold up trailers....into the hitch receiver?

I am sure other have had this problem, so I would like to hear any solutions.



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Old 03-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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Lay 2x10s in line with you back tires for the distance needed. Will that be enough lift?

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Old 03-30-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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Putting something like that in the hitch receiver is going to put a lot of stress on the receiver mounts, in the exact wrong direction from the way it's designed (UP). I'd be afraid it would crack the frame mounts.

I'm assuming you don't have an air suspension that you can use to raise the coach a couple inches.

If you have room, have you tried approaching at an angle? If not, I would look into making some ramps/bridges from 2x12's that you can put in front of the rear tires to lessen the angle. Basically raise up the rear wheels as they cross the low point in the transition.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, the drag you speak of is the nature of the beast. I have owned two gassers with a similar problem, due to large rear overhang. It would take a very strong caster wheel and tube frame, to support the force generated by backing over uneven ground. I have skid plates, but they can damage property when dragging. Possibly laying some material (boards, block, etc) temporarily, in the depression in the ground, may help your clearance.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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Thanks to all those who offered suggestions to my post. I guess building a ramp is the easiest solution, and maybe too obvious for me to have thought of!

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Old 03-30-2014, 03:42 PM   #6
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I have a severe compound angle street and driveway.

Installed rollers on both sides of the hitch and it worked, twice. Then bought the really good, heavy duty rollers made for RV's and have had no problems since. Going on two years now without a hitch... I mean with no problems.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:28 PM   #7
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I had the same problem as the OP. Tried everything, even built a ramp...nothing worked so now I just don't bring it home. It's stays in locked covered storage with power and water. Come trip time, I make a couple of trips in the tow car with all our ''stuff.''
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How much do you miss by? Are we talking that it scrapes, but you can still force it? If so, you might be able to ad air bags to the rear suspension and get enough lift to not drag. It also helps if you can hit at an angle, rather than straight on. Have you tried backing in? If you are backing up, you are much more likely to be able to get the rear wheels to cross at an angle, so that only one wheel at a time is in the lowest spot. Crossing the low point at an angle effectively makes your coach shorter, relative to the rate of incline.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:48 PM   #9
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Had the same problem,
Only solution is to back it up the driveway to the pad. Then I'm headed the right way when I leave!
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:26 AM   #10
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Several thoughts. the 2x10's is a good one.. but that may not help.

The stone guard is ... Well I do not like that kind of stone guard, cause more tribble then they are worth in my opinion.

If the hitch itself is bottoming out then the stresses someone else yammered about are already there.. So there may be a way to fix it

WHEELS.. "Sissy Wheels" basically (They help to controll wheelies on motorcycles you see)

These are heavy duty steel wheels you would basically build a cradle under the hitch with the wheels eitehr side extending down an inch or so below the hitch so they bottom out instead of the hitch since they roll the stress on the hitch is greatly reduced.

What I do: The campground I am in now I have that problem when I pull out.. So I found a different route.. NOT an option for you.

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