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Old 04-01-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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Maybe dumb question triple hitch receiver.

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We are just proud owner of an used American Tradition. We are planning to tow our car on a dolly (cannot be towed on 4 wheels)
Inspecting the RV we found that the tow bar has 3 receivers. Now it is clear we have to use the middle one for our dolly. But we are wondering for what we can use the other 2. My guess is that they are useless when towing a dolly since think anything will be in the way when taking corners. (see picture)

Also on the left of the middle receiver it looks like we have an air connection. For what can that be used?
We are completely new to Rv'ing so trying to read on this great forum
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The air connection is to supply air for a SMI Air Force one toad braking system.
I'm guessing a previous owner installed the triple reciever for a motorcycle lift.
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Those are too far off center to be useful for a bicycle carrier. My guess is a receiver for a tailgating BBQ? Maybe others will have an idea.

The air connection may be for a toad braking system. Or maybe for inflating toys?
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The air connection is to supply air for a SMI Air Force one toad braking system.
I'm guessing a previous owner installed the triple reciever for a motorcycle lift.
Agree on both counts.
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Hello,
We are just proud owner of an used American Tradition. We are planning to tow our car on a dolly (cannot be towed on 4 wheels)
Inspecting the RV we found that the tow bar has 3 receivers. Now it is clear we have to use the middle one for our dolly. But we are wondering for what we can use the other 2. My guess is that they are useless when towing a dolly since think anything will be in the way when taking corners. (see picture)

Also on the left of the middle receiver it looks like we have an air connection. For what can that be used?
We are completely new to Rv'ing so trying to read on this great forum
erald,
Well, it appears that you maybe received no "Walk through" or, any other form of indoctrination on your new to you coach. No biggie, it happens daily. Three 2" receivers in about 99.99% of the cases, indicates that something heavy was carried back there at one time or another. Normally, it's some form of a rack that would hold maybe a motor cycle or, maybe a quad, or even maybe a heavier type 4-wheel electric scooter for a person that has a hard time getting around.

The second and third, (left and right of center) are added for carrying the additional weight and, provide for more stability of any such rack. Even if you have no plans on using them any time soon, if it were me, I'd simply leave them there as, it's possible you may find a need for them at a later date, including carrying some form of a rack for things mentioned above. The pose no threat to towing of any toad, on a dolly or otherwise.

As for the air fitting, there's at least three possibles on that.

1. Air Brake application line for,
A. SMI Brake system
B. M & G Air brake system
C. Potential air supply for airing up tires etc.

About a 30 second inspection and back-following of that line will trace where it leads to or, emanates from. If it indeed it leads to certain parts or lines of the rear brake system, it is an air brake application line for either of the aftermarket braking systems above.
If that line emanates from a tank, or, a "T" in any line, other than any form of a brake system line, it is highly unlikely it has anything to do with brakes. Again, a brief inspection will reveal its true identity.
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Thank you all for the explanations. Found there seems to be a use for, to have a platform with swivel wheels (like here SWIVELWHEEL-58DW TANDEM TOW DOLLY) On which you can have a motorcycle or golf cart. Not sure if that is a combination which works, seem to me those wheels are quite small and the things will be dancing everywhere.

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Correct we had no walk through yet. That will be done next week but had asked about it (of course the salesman) and he had no idea. Am just a guy who is curious and wants to know everything. So am reading up on things a lot and gathering a lot of information so I can ask the right questions when we have our walk through.
The air is connected to the brake system (took some pictures and can confirm that) So it as you said for a brake system.
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Thank you all for the explanations. Found there seems to be a use for, to have a platform with swivel wheels (like here SWIVELWHEEL-58DW TANDEM TOW DOLLY) On which you can have a motorcycle or golf cart. Not sure if that is a combination which works, seem to me those wheels are quite small and the things will be dancing everywhere.

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Correct we had no walk through yet. That will be done next week but had asked about it (of course the salesman) and he had no idea. Am just a guy who is curious and wants to know everything. So am reading up on things a lot and gathering a lot of information so I can ask the right questions when we have our walk through.
The air is connected to the brake system (took some pictures and can confirm that) So it as you said for a brake system.
Roger that Sir,
On the link you provided for the 58TW, we've looked at those extensively since we're in a predicament that we'd like to bring our Honda GL 1800 Goldwing along on our next trip, AND TOW OUR JEEP!! So, those are just one of the options I'm thinking of.
Sounds like you've got things well in hand. Good luck.
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