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Old 11-22-2019, 06:22 PM   #1
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Receiver hitch for 5th wheel

Looking for a receiver hitch for my 5th wheel.I would like to carry a portable generator using a cargo carrier
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:47 PM   #2
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I installed a Curt 13703. Works very well.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:49 PM   #3
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Check with a local metal fab shop. A custom hitch should not be that expensive to make.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:07 PM   #4
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I installed a Curt 13703. Works very well.


Thanks JK I found the 13703 on rvupgrade website
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Thanks JK I found the 13703 on rvupgrade website
Whatever you do, don't just slap the receiver onto the rear bumper. OEM bumpers wouldn't hold a single bike rack. Either replace the whole tube with a heavier one or build a subframe attached to the frame rails to carry the receiver. I had the tube replaced on my old FW and my shop said 200 lbs, max, for a cargo rack. He could have used a heavier tube had I wanted more capacity, but I didn't want that.

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Old 11-23-2019, 01:15 PM   #6
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Whatever you do, don't just slap the receiver onto the rear bumper. OEM bumpers wouldn't hold a single bike rack. Either replace the whole tube with a heavier one or build a subframe attached to the frame rails to carry the receiver. I had the tube replaced on my old FW and my shop said 200 lbs, max, for a cargo rack. He could have used a heavier tube had I wanted more capacity, but I didn't want that.



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Glad that you mention about the bumper. With carrying a almost 200 lb generator on a cargo carrier my instinct lead me to look for one that attach to the frame not the rear bumper
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:39 PM   #7
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Glad that you mention about the bumper. With carrying a almost 200 lb generator on a cargo carrier my instinct lead me to look for one that attach to the frame not the rear bumper
If all you want to do is have a cargo rack, replacing the bumper tube with a heavier one, you could easily carry upwards of 500 lbs, with the right rack. No real need to go to the frame for a rack. Now, if you wanted to tow a trailer, then you'd need to go to the frame, for sure.

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Old 11-24-2019, 07:24 AM   #8
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Curt from Amazon. Put one on our fifth wheel 3 years ago. Have hauled 2 Honda 2000s for 5000 miles without a problem. Towed a Jeep 7500 miles with no problem. Now we haul a pair of bikes with it and expect no problems.
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Whatever you do, don't just slap the receiver onto the rear bumper. OEM bumpers wouldn't hold a single bike rack. Either replace the whole tube with a heavier one or build a subframe attached to the frame rails to carry the receiver. I had the tube replaced on my old FW and my shop said 200 lbs, max, for a cargo rack. He could have used a heavier tube had I wanted more capacity, but I didn't want that.



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Where can I purchase heavier tube from?
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Where can I purchase heavier tube from?
I had a local commercial trailer shop, Hecht. Install a 2in reciever that cost about $225.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:54 AM   #11
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Where can I purchase heavier tube from?
I would say any steel supply shop could find something for you; just give them specs for what you want. I had a local hitch shop redo my rear bumper and they gave me a 200 lb rating. Nice thing was that the tube they found was the same OD as the original tube, so they were able to slip the alum trim back over it and rivet it back in place. Downside is that the stinky hoses would no longer fit in the tube, which is NBD as I never stored them there any way. :-)

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I would say any steel supply shop could find something for you; just give them specs for what you want. I had a local hitch shop redo my rear bumper and they gave me a 200 lb rating. Nice thing was that the tube they found was the same OD as the original tube, so they were able to slip the alum trim back over it and rivet it back in place. Downside is that the stinky hoses would no longer fit in the tube, which is NBD as I never stored them there any way. :-)



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I will stop by the trailer repair shop here in the Sacramento Ca area the week
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I will stop by the trailer repair shop here in the Sacramento Ca area the week
Just tell them that you want to carry X00 lbs on a cargo rack, and see what they recommend. For < 500 lbs, I seriously don't think they'd need to do a frame mod, just beef up the tube and the tube to frame connection.

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