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Old 10-05-2022, 10:10 AM   #1
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Breakaway Cable Attachment

I am copying a post from Facebook this morning:

"Anyone out there with a Hydralift be warned. Our receiver hitch snapped and due to a design flaw, none of the safety measures came into play and our Ram 1500 took off into a field. They put the attachment points for the safety cables around mid point on the receiver. Unfortunately the receiver snapped forward of that point. So the truck took off with the safety cables, the brake actuator and the Blue Ox, which was destroyed. Very scary as only moments before it failed we were on Interstate 70 in Parachute, Colorado. I hate to think what would have happened if it broke then and crossed into oncoming traffic. Most likely would have been a fatality. I notified Hydralift but they didnít seem too concerned."

In follow-up the poster did confirm that the breakaway cable was attached to the hitch that broke away.

Please remember to attach your breakaway cable to anything other than the hitch for this exact reason. I attach mine to the small chain that holds up the Newmar mud flap. A little further to reach under but worth the extra effort. Some day, when I am less flexible, I will make a small tether to the same attachment point and avoid the reach.
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Good reminder and example. I have been planning that and will now do it! It has bothered me since new 6 months ago.

What amazes me is when I asked the installer and later the dealr they all acted like no big deal even though that was in the installation instructions and several good videos.

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Good reminder - thanks for posting it.

I gotta be honest - every time I see a big motorcycle on a HydraLift hanging off the back off a rear-engine diesel motorhome it scares me half to death.

No slight intended to any of you who use a HydraLift, but I would be inclined to go with a product like the ones in the photos included below. To be clear, the "Freedom Hauler" isn't a traditional trailer; it is hard attached to back of the motorhome so it won't/can't jackknife if you need to back up. The company is located in a small town near Boise, Idaho More info here:

https://www.freedomhauler.com
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Good reminder - thanks for posting it.

I gotta be honest - every time I see a big motorcycle on a HydraLift hanging off the back off a rear-engine diesel motorhome it scares me half to death.

No slight intended to any of you who use a HydraLift, but I would be inclined to go with a product like the ones in the photos included below. To be clear, the "Freedom Hauler" isn't a traditional trailer; it is hard attached to back of the motorhome so it won't/can't jackknife if you need to back up. The company is located in a small town near Boise, Idaho More info here:

https://www.freedomhauler.com
So, how do you pull a toad? Thats the point of a Hydralift, having both. These things scare as its two more tires to worry about
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So, how do you pull a toad? Thats the point of a Hydralift, having both. These things scare as its two more tires to worry about
See attached photos.

The Freedom Hauler platform is available in various lengths, most of which can have a hitch on the tail end to which a towed vehicle can be attached.

Compared to a HydraLift the obvious downside is more overall length. The upside is significantly less vertical weight on the tail end of the motorhome.
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Old 10-06-2022, 06:42 AM   #6
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Talk about tail swing! Woo hoo!
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See attached photos.

The Freedom Hauler platform is available in various lengths, most of which can have a hitch on the tail end to which a towed vehicle can be attached.

Compared to a HydraLift the obvious downside is more overall length. The upside is significantly less vertical weight on the tail end of the motorhome.
Not legal in many states, and much more dangerous. Besides triple towing (if it has a ball and hitch, its towing) that would put a 45' dp at over 75'. Lets not even start to discuss those little tires
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I don't have a lift but moved my breakaway attachment on my motorhome to the rear bumper, bumper which is independent from the hitch and bolted to the frame rails.

New breakaway cable location at the motorhome is only a few inches higher than where it was on the hitch and the standard cable isn't stretched.

One less thing to worry about.
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Not legal in many states, and much more dangerous. Besides triple towing (if it has a ball and hitch, its towing) that would put a 45' dp at over 75'. Lets not even start to discuss those little tires
Totally agree on the overall length issue.

Not sure of the exact definition of triple towing. The Freedom Hauler platform is hard attached to the back of the motorhome (three connection points, does not pivot), whereas the normal configuration of triple towing is a truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer (which can pivot) pulling a boat or toy trailer (which can also pivot).

Regarding tires on the Freedom Hauler platform, in my experience with several boats and a cargo trailer, all such manufacturers tend to install tires barely adequate to meet the rated weight capacity. The fifth-wheel manufacturers tend to do the same. If I were buying a Freedom Hauler platform, I'd demand tires with plenty of margin or budget to install them after the fact.

To be clear, I wouldn't be comfortable with any of the three configurations shown in the last photos I posted. But if I wanted to haul a motorcycle or two and tow my Jeep as well, I would consider a short Freedom Hauler platform with the Jeep behind the Freedom Hauler platform. Don't know enough to say whether I'd go forward with that configuration; my intent was simply to present a potential alternative to the HydraLift.
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This is why we use a trailer that can haul a motorcycle or toys plus a vehicle. It's just one unit. The Hydralift towing rating is 8,000 lbs with a tongue weight of 500 lbs. Was this truck in question in excess of that rating? How much stuff was loaded in the truck? I've seen trucks towed behind motorhomes with ATVs and golf carts in the bed. Since we don't know how it was loaded, I will withhold any speculation as to why it failed.
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What is the tow capacity of the Freedom Hauler. My toad is a ‘21 Jeep Grand Cherokee, curb weight in excess of 5K. ‘19 Entegra Cornerstone w/Hydralift, 1000 lb Harley Dresser.
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