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Old 03-02-2021, 07:07 PM   #1
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I am going to be finally pulling my stacker enclosed trailer in a couple weeks with our 2019 Cornerstone. It's about 8,000 pounds empty and close to 14,000 pounds loaded. I am wondering what hitches everyone is using? Looks like I am going to need something with a long shank as the receiver is setback a little bit and also going to need to rise a few inches. Thanks for suggestions or pictures.
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:27 AM   #2
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You might want to look here for starters I don't have any experience with them. They seem to have a lot of options www.bulletproofhitches.com
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:39 PM   #3
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You might try E-trailer
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Old 03-04-2021, 06:40 AM   #4
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With that weight, a suspension hitch would be a good idea, for example https://genyhitch.com/product/boss-t...6k-drop-hitch/
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A buddy of mine has a dolly system that is connected to the frame of his coach that has two swiveling trailer tires on it that carries all the downward force of his long stacker trailer and removes all of that load. It adds a little additional weight to what he is pulling, but he thinks that that "dolly type unit" between the coach and the stacker is definitely the way to go. Something to consider.

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What is the vertical load (i.e. tongue weight) rating on the CS's receiver? I would guess 2,000lbs. If so, that's going to be your actual limit, not your tow rating. The manufacturers always assume 10% of the trailer's weight on the tongue, but my experience is that 10% is an absolute minimum and most trailers do better closer to 15%.

Although I must add that I have no experience pulling stacker trailers, and ideal tongue weight varies considerably depending on your specific trailer. This may be a non-issue, but I think it's something to research.

A dolly like Gary mentioned might be a good idea.
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The Cornerstone has a 20,000 lb hitch, the rating has to include a recommended 10-15% tongue weight, so shouldn't be a problem there.
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What is the vertical load (i.e. tongue weight) rating on the CS's receiver? I would guess 2,000lbs. If so, that's going to be your actual limit, not your tow rating. The manufacturers always assume 10% of the trailer's weight on the tongue, but my experience is that 10% is an absolute minimum and most trailers do better closer to 15%.

Although I must add that I have no experience pulling stacker trailers, and ideal tongue weight varies considerably depending on your specific trailer. This may be a non-issue, but I think it's something to research.

A dolly like Gary mentioned might be a good idea.
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A dolly hitch is not what I am talking about. What I know as a dolly hitch is a motorized or manual way to lift the trailer by its hitch and move it around independently from the motorhome.

I wish I knew the name of the device but I have never heard it.... it connects to the motorcoach frame rails in the back so it makes a solid connection to the motorcoach.... there is no flex between the coach and this device. The device has a single axle with two trailer tires and the axle turns freely left and right. There is a ball hitch directly above the axle and the trailers hitch socket or tongue connects to that ball. This rig takes all the up and down weight of the stacker and serves as the pivot point between the coach and the trailer.

Think of a kinda similar situation to a set "pups" (highway freight trailers) being pulled by a semi tractor. There is a set of wheel between the two trailers. It is not exactly the same because the trailers can flex where the dolly unit attaches to the trailer in front but then the dolly holds the weight of the second trailer and there is a fifth wheel that hold the pin of the second trailer.

I'll email my buddy and ask him the name of his unit. I am sure that it is a standard unit that is readily marketed.... I just have never heard of its name.

Google is a marvelous thing..... Now this is NOT exactly what he is using.... again, his makes a non-flexible connection to his coach.... this one appears to be flexible (can turn left and right) ... his can't. This is similar. here it is. Its called a trailer toad. Follow this link.

https://racetoolsdirect.com/product/...r-toad-5000sd/

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I had a 30k hitch built for my LA so I could tow my 28k trailer. Worked great.
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What Gary Jones said trailer toad, most of the stacker trailers i see at the drag races use these and they say they work great.
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