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Old 05-10-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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Towing a car dolly with a Fleetwood Bounder

Has anyone ever towed a car dolly with a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder. The receiver is 30 inches off the ground. It looks like I will need at least a 12 to 14 inch drop on my draw bar. I haven't been able to find one but I can get one custom made. Any one run into this problem.
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I've been using a dolly for three years and 25000 miles. Of course thats not your question. I can't imagine your receiver is 30 inches off the ground, but then again I'm not holding the ruler. My receiver is less than 20 inches. I honestly can't see this as being possible. I must be missing something.
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I tow a Master Tow Dolly with a Newmar Allstar 42' tow vehicle and the hitch is between 18 and 20 inches and it works fine.

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Old 05-11-2010, 07:42 AM   #4
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I've been using a dolly for three years and 25000 miles. Of course thats not your question. I can't imagine your receiver is 30 inches off the ground, but then again I'm not holding the ruler. My receiver is less than 20 inches. I honestly can't see this as being possible. I must be missing something.


Our Bounder is gas powered and you have a pusher. That might be where the difference is, but from the ground to the bottom of the 2in. receiver is 30 inches. My car dolly has a straight draw bar on it not the off set one like on the new ones.
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If anything Lawrence the pusher is higher. 22.5 tires vs 19.5

If your receiver hitch is 30 inches from the ground, somebody has done some serious revisions. In my opinion, you will not be able to pull anything at 30 inches and to have a drop hitch that is min of 10 to 12 inches doesn't sound very safe.

BTW...my dolly draw bar is straight also.
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30 inches sounds way to much. Did you measure with your stabilizer jacks down?

My fleetwood pace arrow gasser is 22"
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If anything Lawrence the pusher is higher. 22.5 tires vs 19.5
If your receiver hitch is 30 inches from the ground, somebody has done some serious revisions. In my opinion, you will not be able to pull anything at 30 inches and to have a drop hitch that is min of 10 to 12 inches doesn't sound very safe.

BTW...my dolly draw bar is straight also.
I have 22.5 tires on mine as well and it has a factory receiver on it so I don't why it's so high off the ground.
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You can get a 12" drop receiver here:
The Hitch Corner sells trailer hitch accessories
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All of you doubters - yes; Fleetwood saw the need to install the hitch pretty high in the air. Ours is a 2007 Bounder 35E and I use an 8" drop receiver when towing our smart car, and it's still right at the limit that Blue Ox recommends for the hitch height. When we use our tow dolly I use the 8" drop receiver, along with a double receiver to get the dolly so it won't drag the ramps when we leave gas stations, etc.
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All of you doubters - yes; Fleetwood saw the need to install the hitch pretty high in the air. Ours is a 2007 Bounder 35E and I use an 8" drop receiver when towing our smart car, and it's still right at the limit that Blue Ox recommends for the hitch height. When we use our tow dolly I use the 8" drop receiver, along with a double receiver to get the dolly so it won't drag the ramps when we leave gas stations, etc.
Thanks for confirming the height of my receiver. I was beginning to think some people didn't think I new how to use a tape measure. Anyway I had a drop hitch made. I dropped it 14" from the top of hitch to the base where the ball is fastened giving me about 16" to the ground. They put a long gusset on the hitch for extra support. Looks good. Tried the car on there and the ramps are right where they where on my Class C.
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Does anyone think of how the safety chains will work when the need arises? I see a punctured fuel tank or some dolly ramps regrading the roadbed. Yes, I have seen 2 trailers being towed by the chains.
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Does anyone think of how the safety chains will work when the need arises? Yes, I have seen 2 trailers being towed by the chains.
It appears from your experience they work very well. I hope I never have to find out.
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