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Old 01-11-2016, 08:59 AM   #1
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Towing with an Overbilt Lift

I have an Overbilt Lift on my class A, I normally carry an Ultra Limited on it and tow a Wrangler behind that, works great. My question is has anyone ever towed their toad without the bike and with the lift in a folded up position by attaching the tow bar to the center receiver on the coach. My bar seems plenty long enough, just didn't know if anyone had tried it and was running in to any issues I haven't thought of.Click image for larger version

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My set up isn't quite the same, well maybe not even close, with a hitch mount bike rack and the toad together using a dual receiver. My concern was entering parking lots and stuff when the back end of the coach drops and the tow bar pivots up. If the bar contacted the frame of the bike rack the bike rack would lose and more than likely I would end up with a handle bar punching a hole into the rear cap. My solution was the cut the rack tube back and drill a new pin hole. Before the mod, the outer bike was over the left/right pivot point of the tow bar and pretty much ensure the bar would contact the rack with vertical movement.



As long as the bar can moving in all directions without contacting the lift you shouldn't have a problem. You can add a hitch extension but just beaware of potential reductions concerning hitch capacity. Weakest item dictates capacity.
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My set up isn't quite the same, well maybe not even close, with a hitch mount bike rack and the toad together using a dual receiver. My concern was entering parking lots and stuff when the back end of the coach drops and the tow bar pivots up. If the bar contacted the frame of the bike rack the bike rack would lose and more than likely I would end up with a handle bar punching a hole into the rear cap. My solution was the cut the rack tube back and drill a new pin hole. Before the mod, the outer bike was over the left/right pivot point of the tow bar and pretty much ensure the bar would contact the rack with vertical movement.



As long as the bar can moving in all directions without contacting the lift you shouldn't have a problem. You can add a hitch extension but just beaware of potential reductions concerning hitch capacity. Weakest item dictates capacity.

Actually you gave me the answer and it was right in front of my face! When you mentioned modifying the bar I went back and looked again at the crossbar that could possibly be in the way. It had pins at both ends which made for simple removal so the designer of the lift had taken this issue in to account, just pulled out the pins and lifted it out, so simple I just couldn't see it, thanks!
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Actually you gave me the answer and it was right in front of my face! When you mentioned modifying the bar I went back and looked again at the crossbar that could possibly be in the way. It had pins at both ends which made for simple removal so the designer of the lift had taken this issue in to account, just pulled out the pins and lifted it out, so simple I just couldn't see it, thanks!
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