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Old 04-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question Installing Hitch on 5th Wheel Trailer

I have a 2008 Keystone Big Sky - the newer models of this 5th Wheel come with a hitch installed already (so you can pull a small trailer behind the 5th Wheel).

I want to install one on mine and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it and had photos/advice about the install...
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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Sorry to say, but believe it's illegal in many States to tow a second trailer on a 5th wheel. The hitch is intended for a bike rack or storage platform.
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I made my own and bolted / welded to frame
I installed 3 receivers so I could mount a heavy duty carrier as well



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Sorry to say, but believe it's illegal in many States to tow a second trailer on a 5th wheel. The hitch is intended for a bike rack or storage platform.
That would be one expensive bike rack... Actually, from what I have read, it is legal in many states including the one I am in.

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I made my own and bolted / welded to frame
I installed 3 receivers so I could mount a heavy duty carrier as well



Thanks! Your pics are not showing up for some reason though...
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I have a 2008 Keystone Big Sky - the newer models of this 5th Wheel come with a hitch installed already (so you can pull a small trailer behind the 5th Wheel).

I want to install one on mine and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it and had photos/advice about the install...
Some of these pre installed hitches are for bikes only, with a max capacity of 200#.
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not sure why, they are showing up on my end
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Some of these pre installed hitches are for bikes only, with a max capacity of 200#.
Interesting...I am wanting to set mine up to pull a 4-wheeler.

I wish I realized I wanted a Toy Hauler when I bought mine, but I have what I have and now trying to make the best with it.
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If you check with Keystone, they'll probably tell you their frame isn't strong enough to pull anything behind it. That having been said, there's several folks over on the MOC Forum that have had 2" Receiver Hitches fab'd and installed and pull small trailers with Bikes or Jet Skies behind their Montana's. With a 2008 you're well out of warranty so go for it.
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If you check with Keystone, they'll probably tell you their frame isn't strong enough to pull anything behind it. That having been said, there's several folks over on the MOC Forum that have had 2" Receiver Hitches fab'd and installed and pull small trailers with Bikes or Jet Skies behind their Montana's. With a 2008 you're well out of warranty so go for it.
Yeah, I was wondering about tat because I was under it the other day and the frame seemed kind of small but I figured it is holding the RV so there has to be someting to it. I figure Keystone would say that since it is a liability issue.

Do you have a link to these other forums? Thanks!
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That would be one expensive bike rack... Actually, from what I have read, it is legal in many states including the one I am in.
Hi, If you are from Alaska (assumed due to your name) you may want to look into the regs a bit deeper about 'towing doubles'! Here in Alaska your TV must weigh 15,000 pounds and must have air brakes, among other things ...
On the other hand, IF your TV is a class 6 or class 8 truck and properly equiped then yes you could be legal.

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If your not in Alaska sorry ...
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Hi, If you are from Alaska (assumed due to your name) you may want to look into the regs a bit deeper about 'towing doubles'! Here in Alaska your TV must weigh 15,000 pounds and must have air brakes, among other things ...
On the other hand, IF your TV is a class 6 or class 8 truck and properly equiped then yes you could be legal.

13 AAC 04.205. Brakes

If your not in Alaska sorry ...
Well, you are just a kill joy...lol I read something that said AK was unrestricted on towing doubles...guess that is not accurate anymore. I will have to look into more for sure before I decide to do anything. Appreciate the input!
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That being said ... I know first hand of someone that has a Sierra 4x4 pick up, smaller fiver, and pulls his 2 place snowmachine trailer behind it. (but staying under his GCVW) He has had this set up for years. He has been stopped once and given a warning, but was told he could NOT tow them back like that. He found another vehicle to tow the sleds back and all was well.
Kinda funny as to what's legal in some states is not so legal in others!! (like helmet laws for motorcycles!!)
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That being said ... I know first hand of someone that has a Sierra 4x4 pick up, smaller fiver, and pulls his 2 place snowmachine trailer behind it. (but staying under his GCVW) He has had this set up for years. He has been stopped once and given a warning, but was told he could NOT tow them back like that. He found another vehicle to tow the sleds back and all was well.
Kinda funny as to what's legal in some states is not so legal in others!! (like helmet laws for motorcycles!!)
Well, I cannot seem to drive down the road without seeing a trooper in this state so I probably won't risk it once verifying currency of this rule and that there are no exceptions.

Yeah, the differences in the states does get annoying sometimes. This is one state I would have thought I wouldn't have an issue...
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