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Old 02-17-2014, 08:20 PM   #15
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Hi,

You know what baffles me, if you know what you want to do then why ask for help on what kind of ball mount to get, duh!
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You know what baffles me, if you know what you want to do then why ask for help on what kind of ball mount to get, duh!
Ball mount??? Where have you read anything to do with a ball mount?
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The unit you are requesting about is called a ball mount as the receiver is mounted on the RV.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #18
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The unit you are requesting about is called a ball mount as the receiver is mounted on the RV.
Tom....I think the scenario was made fairly clear in the first post and others know exactly what what being discussed. It never had anything to do with a ball mount at all.

Regardless, it has been dealt with......thanks anyways.
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You should check out Overbilt.com. they make a bike lift that is awesome. Don't know what kind of bike ur hauling but I put a Harley ultra classic on mine and my buddy puts a goldwing on his. the toad connects to the lift. Great lift
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You're on the ball! That's exactly what the guy said at the welder/hitch shop....put an angle on the bottom inside to safeguard against such an event.



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Well.. I grew up on a dairy farm, Farmers are taught to think believe it or not.

As to the concerns about hitch capacity.. That followed your post which I quoted.

If you are towing a car with it.. YES, as I (sadly) proved the hard way. (Thankfully less than 100 in secondary damage).

But in your case this might actually INCREASE the capacity over what it is without the drop, the reason has to do with angles of fource and torque (you are shortening the arm length on the carrier rather than lengthening it) In effect it will only lower the capacity by the weight of the adapter.

I would recommend you get a pair of blue ox anti-rattle clips or hitch immobilizers (they used to call 'em anti-rattle, now call them hitch immobilizers) as every time you add an adapter movement of the Motorcycle carrier increases.

I use one of them on my hitch which consists of a custom made Blue-Ox drop receiver towing a car with a Blue ox tow bar system and a "tong" (Ball mount tong) holiding my bicycle

I put the immobilizer bracket on the Motor home's receiver so as to not toss the bicycle around when I hit a bump (5 speed bumps between me and highway) or anything else.. Work great.

I'd use two in your case one on the drop hitch to MH, one on the carrier to Drop hitch.
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Remember that the lower the drop, the more leverage or torque is applied to the hitch.

Some have found cracks in their hitch from the excess forces. The heavier the toad or trailer, the more force is applied.
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More good input fellas....my Versahaul carrier has one of those anti-rattle brackets that cinches up to the receiver and the welder told me he would also a tap and die job so I can put a bolt thru the the male and female as an added measure.

The Versahaul carrier is rated for a 500 pound bike and the one I have is only 260 pounds (KL250 Super Sherpa) so I'll be well within the specs.

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Remember that the lower the drop, the more leverage or torque is applied to the hitch.

Some have found cracks in their hitch from the excess forces. The heavier the toad or trailer, the more force is applied.
Not in this case. In this case, which I do admit is special

The lower the drop, the LESS torque on the receiver EXCEPT if he bottoms out.

This is a motorcycle carrier, NOT a car tower. So the Torque comes, currently, from the 55" RISE on the carrier. If he "Drops" the hitch, say 4 inches, that becomes a Fifty ONE inch rise, less torque.

This is a special case. however the additional play of the second receiver/adapter pair may cause added moment of force as the Motorcycle bounces, which is why I recommended the hitch immobilizer. This prevents the moment of force (impact torque) from "Hammering" it.

Normally, if he were towing a car or trailer, you'd be right.
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