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Old 05-11-2008, 06:31 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by David K:
I, like some of the other replyers was surprised to see the hollow stinger. Mine is a solid piece of steel -- I think a Roadmaster drop receiver like described above -- solid stinger and steel plate welded where the drop is. Would recommend them very highly. It is heavy but worth the weight. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The OP's "drop receiver" is actually the stinger of his tow bar. As I mentioned in another post, the current Demco part looks a lot better, at least in the picture. I personally have a Blue Ox drop receiver which is solid but the stinger on my Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar is hollow.
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Dry weight on this truck is 4800 lbs. Don't know what it might be wet? What is the tow bar rated at?
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Drop receivers are subject to increased stress due to the leverage effect of the drop.

The greater the drop, the more the forces are multiplied.

We had a member's hitch break due to the excessive forces of a drop hitch, and heavier toads only increase those forces.
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My Excali-Bar is rated at 6,000lbs. The Sport Trac when towed weighs 4880lbs (CAT Certified).

When I towed it behind the Adventurer, I was restricted to 5,000lbs because of the hitch although the MH was rated to pull 6,000lbs. My Neptune is rated for 7,000lbs.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:02 PM   #19
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I always like to err on the side of being over caution. The drop receiver that I have is rated at 10,000 lbs and the tow bar I am using is rated at 10,000. I am towing a Ford Focus which weighs in at about 2,500 lbs. Have the toad brakes on it also -- Roadmaster 1060 ( proportational air brake system).

I like the others was very glad to see that there was not any substantial damage to your MH or the toad and that no one was injured.
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I feel fortunate (just by chance) that I don't have to use a drop receiver. Both hitch and tow bar are rated at 10,000 lbs and I'm pulling less than half of that straight out the back.

Bob, glad you're OK with minor damage.
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What do you mean when you use the term "stinger?"

Is that the portion of the ball mount that inserts into the receiver on the vehicle?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> What do you mean when you use the term "stinger?"
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I haven't heard that description before, but it is the part of the Demco Drop Receiver Hitch that inserts into the motorhome's hitch receiver.

There is no ball mount as it's a motorhome mounted towbar.
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Hard to tell from small picture, but break most likely started at weld joint. Time and fatigue may come in to play.

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I would think Demco would want to get all these drop receivers off the market with a free replacement. I smell a big law suit when someone gets killed from this poor design.
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