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Old 11-09-2016, 09:27 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch

Hi I just purchased a 2017 rockwood roo 23ikss wanted to know if I can put a hitch on the rear of the unit so I can push it into the camp site I have with my truck I just put a frount mounted hitch on thanks
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Old 11-10-2016, 06:47 AM   #2
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Physics says 'not without some major modification'. If you put a tongue and coupler (the thing the ball goes in) on the back of your trailer, you'll need weight on that coupler to allow it to sit on it ball. Your trailer is designed -- I hope -- with several hundred pounds of tongue weight up front. How you gonna get tongue weight on the rear? First, you'll need several hundred pounds in the rear to overcome the several hundred pounds up front, but now you got a teeter-toter, so you need a few hundred pounds more.

I'll just grab a beer and a video camera and watch.
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:22 AM   #3
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Any reason you can't back into a camp site?
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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Hi, Keith, and

Yeah, TonyMac nailed it. The short answer is no.

You can add a receiver to the rear of the trailer if you add enough junk iron back there to strengthen and extend the trailer frame enough to handle a frame-mounted receiver hitch. Then use that hitch to drag a small trailer. But you cannot use that receiver hitch to push the trailer - because of tongue weight. And don't even think about trying to mount a receiver on the back bumper of the trailer

You can use your tow vehicle's front-mounted receiver to back the trailer - provided the receiver is strong enough to handle the tongue weight of the trailer. But not to push the trailer forward.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:12 PM   #5
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Hi thanks for your question, If I back in the awning will be on the wrong side we have a river site and wanted the awning on that side and if I pull in I can`t get my truck out
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Where there's a will (and some money) there's a way.

Two problems.

1] Tongue weight. You need a heavy duty trailer dolly that will put the tongue on relatively-big tire(s). Here's one possibility.
Ultra-Tow Extreme-Duty Adjustable Trailer Dolly, Model# TMD-1000C | Trailer Dollies| Northern Tool + Equipment

2] You need a receiver hitch mounted on the back of the trailer. A good welding/fabrication shop can get that done. I had a receiver hitch added to the back end of my 5er and drug a 5x10' box trailer loaded with golf cart, generator, gas for the generator, and other items

Or instead of the above two changes, just get a powered trailer dolly good for more tongue weight than your trailer has. For example, here's one for 750 pounds max tongue weight. That should be good for the average tongue weight of a trailer that weighs 5,770 pounds. (The sales hype claims max trailer weight of 7,500 pounds, but that assumes an unrealistic tongue weight of only 10% of gross trailer weight). . If you order today (Veterens Day) it's on sale for $1,399.
High Quality Heavy Duty Powered Motorized Trailer Dolly - 7500lb Capacity

If your trailer is heavier than 5,770, they have one for a so-called 10k trailer (770 pounds max tongue weight)

But that heavy gasoline powered electric start dolly is going to be something you have to haul to where you need it. In the bed of the pickup?
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Of course you can do it, even on a fifth wheel.

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