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Old 02-18-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch

Hi question I have I have a 2017 palomino puma 31dbts travel trailer I want to install a trailer hitch on the rear of the trailer so I can move it in and out of tight space we have a seasonal site and can not get the truck back in the front with out moving other trailers out of the way thanks Keith Whaley
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:39 PM   #2
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Im guessing youll need a custom hitch, I bought a 15k lbs rated curt hitch and had it modified and plates added to fit to bolt on to my coach by a welder. The curt comes with the receiver tube and weld on plates.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:52 PM   #3
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You want to tow the trailer backwards? With negative tongue weight?

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Old 02-18-2019, 10:42 PM   #4
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AS implied......
What are you going to do with the front tongue?

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Old 02-19-2019, 10:33 AM   #5
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Your Puma has a dry weight of 8663 and will probably weigh at least 9,000 pounds with anything in it. That's a tongue weight of over 1100 pounds, or way too much weight for you to be dragging the trailer backwards with only the tongue jack wheels to handle that weight.

So your idea of adding a receiver hitch to the rear end of the trailer won't work as you expect it to work. You can add a fabricated receiver to the frame of the rear of the TT to be used for dragging another trailer behind the TT, but probably not for dragging the TT backwards.

So on to Plan B. Either one of Old-Biscuit's ideas will work to do what you want done.

There are several brands of tongue dolly trailer movers available, both non-powered that requires lots of muscle to move the trailer, as well as powered units that will take most of the work out of the task. And there are several brands of front end receiver hitches available. The only problem with using a front hitch to move the trailer is that same 1100 pounds of tongue tongue weight that would probably overload the front suspension or axle of the tow vehicle.

Here's a powered tongue dolly that uses an 18- or 20-volt battery-powered drill motor for the power source. If you don't already have a good battery-powered drill, you need one for other chores besides moving the trailer.

Plan C: Use a receiver hitch on the rear end of the trailer with the tow vehicle as the power source, but also use a manual tongue dolly to handle the tongue weight. Then two people could easily move the trailer, one to very slowly drive the tow vehicle, and the second to guide the tow dolly.

Any good welding shop can install a receiver hitch on the back of your trailer. But they would probably need to extend the frame of the trailer back closer to the rear bumper. That can get expensive. So it would probably cost you more to implement Plan C than Plan B.
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