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Old 11-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Fleetwood Bounder and Towing Honda Fit

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I have a challenge. I own a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder, Model 35E. I am towing a 2012 Honda Fit. I am using a Blue-Ox towing system, and the Blue-Ox Patriot brake assist system.

My challenge is that to be in perfect harmony with towing physics (i.e., reciever and TOAD perfectly level), I need a 15" drop down receiver. The Fleetwood has a high rear end, and the Honda Fit is low to the ground. Bad combination, I know, but I'm invested now.

Blue-Ox makes a 10" drop down receiver, which I own and use. Their stated safety margin is max 4" off of perfect level. The receiver I have has me at 5" off perfect level, 1" outside their stated safety margin.

I cannot find on-line anyone manufacturering a drop down receiver greater than 10". I need 15". The minimum would be a 11" to get me at the edge of the safety margin, and anything in between is safety gravy.

I'm hoping that the reason a 10+" receiver isn't made is because there isn't enough market to sustain it. That would mean that from an engineering perspective, one could be constructed.

Anyone have the same challenge I have? How did you solve it?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Go to a welding shop that installs hitches, they can make a receiver for you. Have them make it out of solid stock and not tubing. Good luck.
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Proaspen, I'm not sure where you are located but I have a virtually brand new 15" drop solid bar receiver that I no longer need. Seattle, Wn. area (Bellevue). Probably not worth the shipping cost if you are very far away.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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I use the Blue Ox 10" while towing my HHR which is also close to the ground and I'm level.
I wonder why you need a 15". My 08 35 E is on a Ford chassis.

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Depending on how it is installed might look at lowering the whole receiver some then adding the extension.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! And wow, a 15" drop hitch?? Ours is 8" (Bounder to Jeep) and we have to be VERY careful when exiting steep driveways.
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How about adding airbags to the front end to help level it. 1" over the length of the coach should be easy. You will find trouble with a dropped hitch/extension.
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Boy, now you have me worried. Next year I am going to buy a hitch set-up for my HR DP and 2012 Ford Focus. I just assumed the height difference would be made up buy and adjustment upwards from the car, not downward from the coach. I just feel any receiver running that close to the ground is just asking for problems.

I guess I'm going to have to look at some hitch diagrams.
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I only needed a 6" drop to level up my Fit and my Tiffin Allegro. The mounting pins on the Fit are about 14.5" from the ground. Is the center of the pin box on your MH really 30" off the ground?
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I only needed a 6" drop to level up my Fit and my Tiffin Allegro. The mounting pins on the Fit are about 14.5" from the ground. Is the center of the pin box on your MH really 30" off the ground?
If you mean the Bounder, then yes. It's got a high tail.
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When I first set up my bounder and HHR I used a 8" drop. Worked fine untill I pulled out of my subdivision and it gouged the pavement, the city frowns on that. I went to a 6" and would still drag pulling into some gas stations. I mounted a steel roller on the bottom of the 6". I still drag sometimes but no longer gouge the pavement. My setup is not perfect I am still about 2 inches from where Blue Ox recommends. I have had to make an emergency stop and the toad did not run under the MH and the 10,000 lb hitch did not bend so I am going to leave it like it is.
Another issue with a drop is it adds length to your tow setup. Some have had to use longer safety and electrical cables, I didn't need them. I did have to much slack in my brakeaway cable and comming out of a gas station it got between the steel roller on the bottom of the drop and the pavement and was cut into. I discovered it about 100 miles later and fixed it with an electrical splice.
I hope this helps, good luck.
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