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Old 06-29-2015, 07:34 AM   #1
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Any front hitch cargo carriers?

Hi Folks,

We're still in the planning stages waiting for our Libero to be built.

As most of you know, carrying "stuff" is a major undertaking and since our MH doesn't have the biggest basement I'm now looking at rear hitch cargo boxes and possibly a front hitch to carry bikes.

Does anyone here have the front hitch carriers? Any problems or concerns? Any engine temperature increases? Weight concerns? Legal requirements? Trouble seeing the road?

Thanks very much!

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Old 06-29-2015, 10:25 AM   #2
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If it is just bicycles you should be fine on everything. You can have a welding shop make a receiver for your bike carrier. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 06-30-2015, 08:17 AM   #3
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I mounted a class 3 Curt receiver on the front of my Lexi class c in order to move the hard to get to spare tire to the front. Also took 100 lbs from rear where it wasen't needed and moved it to the front, where it helps offset the long rear overhang weight.
So far cooling hasen been a problem. Have a ScanGuage and temp is 3-7 deg. warmer than without. Cover is used only when parked. Cover off while running.
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I had a Class C on a Ford Chassis. The challenge for us was carrying dog X-Pens for when my wife went to dog shows. These are pretty heavy but do allow air flow through them when stacked.

I bought some 2" tubing, the same as the size of a trailer hitch, and had a friend fabricate a "HEAVY" duty carrier. We then mounted a 4X6" tube between the chassis rail in the front low enough for the carrier to fit in. Because of he location of the mount versus the front of the RV the carrier had to be about 2' long.

The carrier worked great and provided extra carrying capacity for the X-pens or bikes. I have since converted the carrier for my Class A to spare tire carrier, I carry a fully mounted 295/85/22.5 tire.

You shouldn't have any problems, just make sure that the batteries are disconnected when you mount the front hitch. You should be able to buy a standard bike rack and an extension for the hitch to give you clearance. I also used 2 straps to stabilize the carrier from bouncing.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:55 PM   #5
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Thanks folks!!
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