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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2011, 11:18:12 am »

I think I found the ideal riser for my particular tow bar non-level condition.

My E350 hitch receiver is 6" lower than level with my 2006 Jeep Liberty.  Therefore I need a 6" riser.  I found what I believe to be the right riser on ebay HERE.

This is the picture in the ebay ad, but it appears to be a 4" riser.


I have been in communication with the supplier, asking these two questions with his answers.

Ron's Question #1: Will your 6" riser reduce the 5000 pound rating of the hitch?
Supplier's Answer:  I do not see why it would lessen your tow capacity. It is very strong.

Ron's Question #2:  My motor home's hitch barely protrudes beyond the rear bumper. Measuring accurately, I determined I need a minimum of 2.5" from your riser's lower hitch pin hole to the back side of your upper square receiver. Does your 6" riser meet this dimensional requirement?
Supplier's Answer:  It will fit on there perfect.

Not exactly the detailed answers I hoped to get, but I think I will order one of these and give it a try.
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2011, 11:46:28 am »

Ron;

FYI

Here is a link to the drop hitch I'm looking at.  It is a dual drop so I can put my car and bike rack behind the PC.  The supplier did provide detailed information and will do custom work.  Double check his rating.

Barry


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260731764509&viewitem=
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2011, 11:52:38 am »

Ron,

This one is made by Roadmaster and sold by etrailer.com for $55.  It is rated at 6000 lbs.  Plenty of length to clear the bumper, maybe too long?

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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2011, 12:32:01 pm »

You guys have some good data here.  More to consider.
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 01:19:40 pm »

Ok, To get this done quickly, I decided to go with the Roadmaster riser.  I know I would not mount a bike rack or platform while towing our Liberty for concern of damage in a tight-turn condition.  A dual receiver could hold a storage platform and bike rack together, but I wouldn't be doing that because we always tow.

Today, my Jeep Liberty front bumper is only a few inches from my PC rear bumper, when turning the PC steering wheel all the way in a very tight turn.  The extra 10.25" from the Roadmaster riser would be welcoming.  Since I do have a Roadmaster setup in the first place, it also seems logical to continue with the Roadmaster line for liability.  If something ever failed and it was the fault of Roadmaster, at least I could say I used all their stuff.

Thanks all.
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« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2011, 01:57:08 pm »

Ron,

I bought one of these to stop the clunk from the free play in the hitch.  Simple design and works great.  You would need two with the riser extension.

Bob A.

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« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2011, 03:44:16 pm »

Spend, Spend, Spend.

A few hours later, I managed to get e-trailer to include 2 of the Quiet Hitch thingies in the shipment.  Shipping was just a little more that way.
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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2011, 04:46:44 pm »

Glad i could help you spend a little more $$$$   Grin

You will need to retighten the quiet hitch device after the first use and then it stays tight.

Bob A.
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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2011, 04:49:53 pm »

Ron;

Wise choice. 

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« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2011, 09:24:16 am »

Folks:

Once again I am very impressed witht he calibur of this forum, the discussion is great and very helpful.  I expect my 2" Roadmaster riser today I would hope.  Etrailer.com is probbaly wondering why such a run on riser of late!?   Thanks and I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I hope the PC outing here in NH later thai summer has the weather we have had all this week....85 degrees and clear blue sky!
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« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2011, 05:28:28 pm »

I got my Roadmaster 6" riser and two Quiet Hitch thingies, so I am ready for the next trip.  Maybe after it cools down outside, next week I will hook up everything on my flat driveway and take a few pictures to share what it looks like when hooked up, and the angle in the end...hopefully no angle at all.
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2011, 09:07:35 am »

Recieved my 2" Roadmaster riser from etrailer.com the other day.  The unit is what it is suppose to be and there is no problem with clearance of the bumper and the shank of the tow bar does not come out of the back of the reciever at all.  The only issue is there is not two holes in the riser receptacle to utilize the Draw-Tite anti rattle lock pin.  The tow bar shank does fit tightly so I see no reason to worry but I know some had ordered two of the lock pins and only one will work on atleast the 2" unit.   Thanks
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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2011, 09:04:51 am »

Well......

We tried to tow for the first time using the 6" riser.  I quickly learned the safety tow cables were too short, so we towed without the riser for this past weekend trip.  I need another foot in the cable length, so now I need to order two longer cables.  All the rest accomodated the extra bar length.

The spending never seems to end, and my 401k does not know which way is up.  I am doomed to work til I drop dead.

BTW:  I used the one anti-rattle hitch u-bolt thingy called "Quiet Hitch" and it made a huge improvement.  Thanks for the tip bobander.
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« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2011, 10:19:00 pm »

Ron:

With a motorhome the spending never does end.  Don't worry about your 401k, President Obama will take care of that for you.... rolling on the floor


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« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2011, 10:40:28 pm »

I guess I was lucky, the new Demco is with-in 1/2" of the rig. Something finally work good. Now if it tows as good as it looks?  Heart Shower
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