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Old 04-28-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Class C and a amall (13') aluminium boat

Now that I have a Class C (Tioga Montara 25K) I would like to use a small aluminium boat with a 10hp motor.

Since I have a class lll 5,000# capacity hitch towing is no problem.

Do most class C owners when they launch their boat at the ramp use a receiver on the front of the chassis with the ball and put the boat in frontwards taking care to keep the rear wheels dry?

Is it much of a job to have a receiver put on an E450 chassis?

I figure I could use this receiver to hold my spare or a bike rack when not pulling the boat.

What are all you ClassC owners doing who haul a small boat?

I sure would not like to find myself stranded on a wet slippery ramp.
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I'd suggest you get a bigger boat.
I've towed and launched 18 and 20 boats with a 22' Class C and 20and 25' boats with a 24' Class C without any problems.
My biggest problem/issue was towing an 11 or 12' hard bottom inflatable with the 22' MH. By the time you could see the boat/trailer in the side mirrors you were already jack-knifed half the time.
I never had any problems with ramps, since with the overhang behind the rear axles, you're tires are usually pretty far from the water's edge.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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Is it much of a job to have a receiver put on an E450 chassis?

The correct hitch just bolts right on. I put one on my last E450. 2011 Fleetwood.
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I have one on the front and one on the rear. They bolt right on, simple hand tools.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:39 PM   #5
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We have a 17' Bowrider that I launch all the time with our 25' Class C.
It's not my preferred vehicle to launch and retrieve our boat with, but it's really not all that much harder.
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Campingman/milasman is this the correct hitch/manufacturer you referred to?

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What year is the Ford E-450 your coach is riding on?
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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The model year of my Ford E450 chassis is 2014, it is a Fleetwood Tioga Montara 25K

I went to order it on the net from CARiD.com but their application chart is 2008-2013 and when they checked with Curt they said they had not tested it on a 2014 E450
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I have a 2012, I check part number when I get home. Should fit 2014, can't think of any changes on Ford. Bolts to existing holes in frame, just got to trim a little plastic on like a lower shroud. Very simple install.
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I installed the Draw-tite front mount receiver (Part Number:65053). 500 lb tongue and 9000 lb pull.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:34 AM   #11
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I guess there has been a change as your part # only applies to an E450 Super Duty up to 2012 now the part # is 65049 and it applies to a 2014 and it looks entirely different. The mounting bolts go on a vertical piece rather than horizontal.

Vehicles and model years reveal running changes and usually you have to find out the hardway. I remember when I was puting a sliding rear window in my 75 Dodge p/u it really took a '76 window due to a running change!

I am going to order part #65049

Thanks for everyone's input this is a great site for knowledge!
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Depends on what web site you look at. Check E-trailer, part good for all E-450. Some web sites just show generic pictures of receivers, not the one you are buying.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:23 PM   #13
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You are 100% correct milasman the correct part # is what you have mentioned. I was looking at the receiver hitch for an F450 cutamay!

I checked with a local Draw-Tite dealer and he had just installed a receiver hitch on a 2012 E 450 this morning and he suggested I bring my unit to him for his installer to look at while it was 'fresh' in his mind.

Long story short; he said it was the same ao I agreed to have the receiver hitch installed and paid for it (not good but a well established business) so it will be installed next week.

Now I will have to find a receiver mounted spare tire bracket that will accept the 8 lug dualie wheel
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:14 PM   #14
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My Front Receiver is installed on my 2014 Fleetwood 25RK on my 2014 Ford Chassis:

Exactly as described by milasman and I think it is a pretty slick install



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