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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default 8' camper on 6' bed, towing extension

I want to put an 8' camper on my 6' bed.

I had set up like that before but never towed. I want to tow a boat. I have seen extensions for the hitch to move the ball back.

Has anyone used one to tow 5k lbs?
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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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either that or you could extend the hitch on the trailer.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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most are rated to 10,000lb so half of that is fine. Might need to buy an extension for your trailer lights too depending on how much slack you have.

This ones only rated to 5k, but its cheap
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-hitc...der-69882.html
Assuming the bow of your boat isnt already nestled up against the tailgate a foot extension should be fine.
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How much does your camper weigh?

1/2 ton, 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck?

Extending a hitch bar puts a lot more strain on it due to leverage...I wouldnt be doing it
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How much does your camper weigh?

1/2 ton, 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck?

Extending a hitch bar puts a lot more strain on it due to leverage...I wouldnt be doing it
That is my concern. Truck is ram 2500.
I'm looking for a camper. I want to live in it for 4-6 weeks during winter in Florida.
I like the idea of adding length to the tongue using 3x4 square tube. More work, but a better result.

Any pitfalls of lengthening the trailer tongue?
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 08:52 AM   #6
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I had a 3/4 ton ford short box. I owned 3 different 8' campers and towed my car trailer with no extension. They all looked close but cleared. One specifically looked like it might hit the jack if I got in the right position or circumstance but it never did.
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If you lengthen the trailer, use a swing away tongue kit. Its an easy splice and it will still fit in the barn when folded.
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I tow with a 02 2500 silverado non HD short bed, 8' slide in camper towing jeep or sami. Tows well but I upgraded the hitch to class 5 2 1/2" and extension. Hitch and extension are not cheap but are rated for the load.Truck handles the load well but eats a lot of fuel.
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^^^^ What he said
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i had a 8'6" camper in the bed of my 6.75" bed super duty.
towed my jeep like that. used an 18" solid extension, a bunch of chain and binders.
worked well. dont extend the trailer tongue, it can hit the camper jacks when turned going up a hill or driveway.
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I had a 99 dodge with a 6.5 bed, with an 8' camper I could still hook up my car hauler without an issue, and no need for an extension. If you do need one, maybe the swing away tongue option would be best.
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A buddy of mine had a 12' pickup camper and hauled an enclosed trailer with his sandrail inside. He used a 24" hitch extender. To reduce the lever effect he also used a weight disributing hitch.

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Superhitch is the only way. Best thing on the market.



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Torklift SuperHitch all the way. Expensive, but so are my toys!

This has had 2 ATVs + 1 Jeep 2 door Wrangler inside.
Steer Axle: 5100 lbs.
Drive Axle: 8100 lbs.
Trailer Axles: 9120 lbs

Pulls like a dream. Handles well. Stops well.
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