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Old 01-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #15
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VanDiemen, glad to hear that you have shorten your drawbars. Since this is the first time towing a toad with our MH, I needed some experienced advice on modifying a drop receiver. Logically I know that cutting the metal off will not affect the product (within reason) since it is a solid piece. But I do know from experience that a lot of force can be applied to a welded item with a longer lever (drawbar). And this is what I wanted to know if anyone had any drawbacks on shortening the drawbar.

My concern has now changed as to how the previous owner towed their truck as I can not find a attachment point for the safety cables on the MH. My toad has two attachment points but none on the MH! I see the installation of the receiver was mounted in the center of the rear bumper by cutting out a square hole to stick out. Not sure if professional as it seems home installed. With the drop receiver now installed, I will have to find a hitch shop to see if they can install an attachment point below the drop receiver.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:48 PM   #16
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because the cheapo MH receiver is butt-welded to the crossbar, and the safety chain loops are welded on the receiver, I figure that if I have a hitch failure the safety chains will go with it. So, I made up a couple loops of heavy chain from the hardware store and a couple of clevises. i loop those around the frame where the hitch attaches and connect the trailer safety chains to those.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #17
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That sounds like a good idea. Do you have a picture of your setup? The pictures below show how the toad is conneced with the drop hitch. As you can see, there is no place to attach any chains or cables unless I install an eye on the cross member for the front engine mount? I was thinking of having a bar welded between each of the two outside receivers! Then I could install a couple of eyes to connect the cables. I am in the process right now of shorten the drawbar on the drop receiver... it just looks too funny!
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get 2 pieces of big chain that a hitch pin will fit thru the last link. Run each into each receiver and run the pin thru the chain. Attach your safety chains to those.
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Finally installed the chain (5,000lb rating) but ran it between the two outer receivers (see photos). I used carabiners on each end. Then I attached the toad and tow bar to add two more carbiners towards the center to attach the safety chains. Now I use both 5' safety chains that came with the tow bar. I do not believe having the chain between the two receivers would cause either receiver to bend inward if toad broke free. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also shortened the draw bar on the drop receiver and looks and feels much better.
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