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Old 09-12-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Can I tow this way?

I have a Geo Tracker with a front mounted receiver hitch connected strongly between the frame rails. I want to put a ball on the front mounted receiver of the Geo, a ball on my motorhome and a piece of thick walled box tubing with a coupler on each end to connect the 2. I have never seen it done that way, but there are not too many cars with front mount receivers either.

I hope what I'm saying makes sense!

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Old 09-12-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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It makes sense, but not as a method for towing. What's going to stop the Geo from veering left or right and slamming into the rear of the RV when you apply the brakes? Tow bars always form a triangular shape to keep the towed car aligned behind the tow vehicle. That's why you've never seen it anywhere else.
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Wow, I can't believe I didn't think of that. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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Exactly why I make sure I carry lots of Comprehensive Insurance in case I meet one of these coming at me on the road.
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Let me put it this way.. Good thing you posted the question, and very wise of you to do so BEFORE you found out the hard way.

Go with a proper base plate and tow bar. And do not forget the brakes on the towed too.. You want them helping when you stop.
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Let me put it this way.. Good thing you posted the question, and very wise of you to do so BEFORE you found out the hard way.

Go with a proper base plate and tow bar. And do not forget the brakes on the towed too.. You want them helping when you stop.

Hey, that's what I was going to say! Good!!!
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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You could have two ball installed on the toad connected by an A frame to the RV. It would be easy to hook up.
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I think you should tow it that way on a totally deserted parking lot, take a video, put it on YouTube, watch it go viral, get filthy rich and so very famous, have your own reality show, and reward me handsomely.

If you live thru it.

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What they're trying to say is, no, that won't work. The Geo won't steer. 1st turn you make you'll have a disaster.
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So you want to flat tow like this? Can't do with 2 hitch balls. THat will make it have 2 True pivot points. NOT good.
If the hitch was truely attached as strong as the frame on the tracker here is what could work.
You would need a coupler that fits a 2 X 2 inch square tube.
Some good .250 wall 2 X 2 square tube And some .250 thick flat plate. and a heavy bolt and nut like 5/8th or 3/4 of a inch dia.
The thing you need to make is a Hinge that will let the coupler move straight up and down (and ONLY Straight up and down) just like a tow bar you would buy.

It all depends on the strength of that hitch on the tracker.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #12
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we did this on alot of a 1 ton truck for towing but we used too receivers with a A frame so each receiver was being used as a push pull


with a car front mount receiver i think the loads as so low you can get way with it as long as its hard core mounted

but with only one receiver on the car its salf you may fund the car well tow and sway side to side as you cant stop the small play in the system

sway may get so bad at high speeds could crash the RV


aaaa i fond a pic you can see the a frame on the tow this could fold up to go in the back of a truck you can make your box and install it on the Aframe there

you can see the 2inc balls god i have so mane pics i wish i could add
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You would need a coupler that fits a 2 X 2 inch square tube.
Some good .250 wall 2 X 2 square tube And some .250 thick flat plate. and a heavy bolt and nut like 5/8th or 3/4 of a inch dia.
The thing you need to make is a Hinge that will let the coupler move straight up and down (and ONLY Straight up and down) just like a tow bar you would buy.

It all depends on the strength of that hitch on the tracker.
Yes it WILL work this way...................for sure. Just as long as the reciever hitch is mounted good to the towed.
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