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Old 03-11-2008, 06:01 AM   #1
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Just wondering What the boards opinion is on front end hitches.
Is it worth intsalling a manouvering hitch on the front of my Chevy 2500?
I can see myself trying to get into some tite spots as we like to stay in Provincial Parks.

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:01 AM   #2
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Just wondering What the boards opinion is on front end hitches.
Is it worth intsalling a manouvering hitch on the front of my Chevy 2500?
I can see myself trying to get into some tite spots as we like to stay in Provincial Parks.

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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First, how do you plan to see around your trailer if you use a front hitch? The trailer will be very close to 8' wide, but your truck cab is around 7'; outside mirrors cannot be used with a front hitch.
Have you considered working out a plan with your spouse to use FRS radios for them to be your ground guide? This means you both are in constant contact, even if you can't see each other. Of course this requires a good set of outside towing mirrors and the driver knowing how to properly use them.
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I used to see a lot of trucks with that setup. Not much any more. Personally I think it is better to learn everything there is to know about backing and practice.practice,practice. Did I mention practice until you can back into any spot you find. A good spotter is really handy when backing a big trailer to help guide you to the right place. My wife does that for me know and is getting pretty good at reading my mind and telling me where to go . The FRS radios are really handy for that. Hard part of using them is getting the wife to realize that I will not answer her and she just needs to talk to me. Oh and when backing she now knows that if I cannot see her I will stop and not move until I see her again.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #5
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We gave up on radios as I am too deaf to make good use of them. Once my wife learned that if she can not see my mirrors I can not see her signals we got better. I still shift to park, set the brake, and walk back to see for my self during a complex back in. We are good enough for a 90 degree back in with little effort. We store the rig where we first have to clear the corner of the house, then a fence and then trees. This one will take more time. practice and patience helps.
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You have to be very worried about the hitch weight on the front axles. Most trucks will not take that much weight. Most front mount hitches today are used for bike racks or hitch racks for extra cargo. Once in a while I'll see a truck towing a boat with a front mount hitch.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:35 PM   #7
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I put a front hitch on my Silverado. I have since found out if I can't back into a spot, I can't get into it with the front hitch either. Now I use the front hitch for coolers, ect. Occasionally I put my 150cc scooter up front too but have to be careful about blocking my radiator..
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back in the '60s/'70s when TCs were king just about all trucks (mine included) had a front hitch to load/unload their boats but never saw one to manuver a TT. Big weight difference especially for the trucks front axle.

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I have one but only for a second spare tire when we go to Alaska
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