Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Installing a Class lV Hitch (Patent Pending)

Looks o.k. to me...It should be just fine...
OK kids, lets go!!!!    

Yeah you can ride in the trailer!

​​Wouldn't you love to see how the trip went? 
Good chance he ended  up doing' some unintended off roadin' somewhere. 

Check the 'hills' in the background.  

Howja like to meet this rig on a two-lane road...
coming down the mountain in  your direction...
but the power steering works real good now.

She's hitched up and ready to roll!!  

Amazin' how the extra weight smooths out the ride.   

Needed to air up the rear tires a bit ('bout 160 psi).

Added some super  heavy-duty chain for extra support on the tailgate, (note the 'Heavy-Duty 'S' hooks to attach the chain)  

Also paid-up for some BIG Number 5/16" sheet metal screws to attach the Reese hitch frame to the tailgate

 (see 'em there?   One on each side...) 

Likely two more through the carpet into the floor pan inside.  

Yep, probably overkill, but didn't want the possibility of having ​an 'axerdent​'

Most of the time was spent on the front porch whittling down  that MASSIVE  solid pine 4x4  to fit precisely down into the hole  in the ball mount receiver. 

Note the 14"x14" piece of 3/8" plywood on the underside of  the tailgate to distribute the load more evenly and beef up that tailgate support. 


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