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Old 02-21-2015, 08:48 PM   #1
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Toolbox on hitch?

Hi everyone, we are fultimers with a 40' Meridian, a jeep and a short trailer to haul motorcycles. The plan is this year when we move to another campground, he will drive the RV and I will drive the jeep pulling the trailer.

The question I have is sometimes we just pull the Jeep or the motorcycles, so my husband wants to put a Jobox on the dual hitch and then the lower hitch can pull either item. Does anyone out there have a tool box on a hitch and how did it work? What issues if any did you have to overcome?

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Old 02-21-2015, 08:55 PM   #2
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I'm all for efficiency, but would think that a JoBox would add a lot of tongue weight. Those rascals are pretty large and solid steel, not to mention the weight of the tools inside. Have you had it weighed? JM2C, \ken
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I made a mc rack for the back of my last rig and then extended the toad hitch behind it. I mounted two 2" receivers to the outboard frame rails and supported the bike from that. Made an extension for the hitch and tied that out at the end to the mc rack. The whole thing was very robust and worked great. In fact I'm currently working on adapting it to the new coach. You could do the same substituting a toolbox for the bike but I'd probably look for a light toolbox. That said that I only used it with a toad - no tongue weight. Not sure I'd try that setup with a trailer.


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I use to have a spare tire mounted on a dual hitch and then an extension for the toad (essentially 2 extensions). Problem was that the additional length made it prone to drag and eventually the hitch failed at the weld. Luckily my wife was just pulling out of a fuel station near home when this happened and not on the open road. I did use extra safety chains but if she was going down the road it would still have been a mess.

I now added 2 hitch receivers under each side of the frame of the coach and used off the self parts to make a separate spare tire carrier that is above the regular hitch. I made it so it can be swung away to access my engine compartment. I still have to use 1 extension to pull the toad.

This does add weight to the total coach but no extra weight on the trailer hitch.
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As I understand it, since we can pull 10,000 lbs, the tongue weight can be 1,000 lbs. He was thinking of the 30 lb box and then around 200 to 200 lbs max of tools. The jeep is a little over 4000 but we are pulling that, not hitch weight. When we pull the bikes on the trailer, the total pulling weight is about 2500 so that should never be a problem.
I was just looking to see if someone else had put anything big and heavy on the upper hitch of a dual hitch.

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Why not put the tools in the rear of the Jeep? Won't get wet, a little tougher for Thieves to get too.
I must admit I have our toads trunk pretty full and it rides on a KarKaddySS No problems in 4 years. It also has auto-leveling.
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We do have a few items that will be there like the extra propane bottles, etc. and we were trying to come up with something we wouldn't have to move. Our German Shepard thinks the back of the jeep is hers as well! Lol
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Hey Spritz, I see you have a Connie. Are you going to the National rally in Colorado this year?
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Hey Spritz, I see you have a Connie. Are you going to the National rally in Colorado this year?
Sorry but whats a Connie?
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Your 99 Concours. We have had 2 but have a Goldwing and a BMW now. Check out http://www.cog-online.org for the info. They are having a National rally in Colorado in June. Maybe we'll see you there!
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