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  • Trailer Hitch Extension Needed to Allow Tailgate to be Lowered with Trailer Attached to Vehicle
  • I would not recommend any type of extension with your towing setup. Extenders create more torque on the vehicle frame, hitch, drawbar, extender and hitch ball because of the extension, just like adding a pipe to the end of a breaker bar. This added torque reduces that weight capacity of all of the components in the system by 50 percent, so your vehicles 10 K capacity would be lowered to 5 K if a hitch extension is used. I would go with a long ball mount that is just long enough so you...
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  • Size of Hitch Extenders Available for a 2 Inch Hitch
  • The reason that the manufacturers do not make a shorter hitch extender is mainly because the market for a extender of a very short length is very limited. After researching the market for hitch extenders they have decided that the short (7 or 8 inches) and long (14 or 18 inches) sizes will hopefully cover most of the market. The hitch extenders are a limited market because when using an extender you do reduce the tongue weight on your hitch by 50 percent. For example, if the hitch capacity...
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  • Trailer Hitch Ball for a Craftsman YTS3000 Riding Lawn Mower Will 2 Inch Hitch Ball CB-20Z Fit
  • The shank of the ball is 5/8 inch diameter. If your lawn mower has a place for a ball, measure the hole and see what the diameter of the ball hole is. You will basically be measuring to see if the diameter of the ball hole on the lawn mower is large enough to accept the 5/8 inch diameter bolt on the bottom of the hitch ball. If you need a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball with a 5/8 inch shank you can use part # CB10Z. If it is not 5/8 inch or larger, then unfortunately this ball will not fit. If...
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  • Camper Tie Down Recommendations for a Chevy Silverado 2500
  • There are several camper tie downs that you could use depending on how you want them to mount. First, the Camper Tie Downs, # TDSF, that you have referenced will fit your truck and fit in the truck stake pockets. If you do not want something in the stake pockets, then I recommend going with Camper Hold Down, # HSSF, which wrap around the bed side. For either kit, use Camper Tie Down Hardware Package, # TDHP.
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  • Camper Tie Downs for a 2,600-Lb Camper on a Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • The Brophy Camper Tie Downs, part # TDSF are a universal application for full-size trucks and they will fit a Ford F-250 Super Duty. The hardware to mount the tie downs to the vehicle is included. I would also recommend the Brophy Camper Tie Downs, part # HSSF which is a more heavy duty tie down. The tie downs wrap around the bed, not in the stake pockets, and are mounted inside the bed. They will not work with a slide-in bed liner. There is no weight capacity rating on the camper...
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  • How to Connect Camper Tie Downs to Camper
  • The HSSF hold down brackets would use the Tie Down Hardware Package, part # TDHP, which includes hooks, chain and turnbuckles. The tie down hardware would typically attach to existing eye bolts built into the underside of camper. If your camper does not have such an attachment point, you can add them, as long as they attach to the frame of the camper. The Steel flanges shown in the photo you provided could be used as attachment points for the hardware if they are connected to the camper...
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  • How To Install The Brophy Trailer D-Ring Tie Down, # RR5K, On A Wood Trailer Floor
  • You can attach the Brophy Recessed Trailer D-Ring Tie Down with Backing Plate, # RR5K, most anywhere on a trailer. The recessed D-Ring is designed to be recessed in a wood surface (floor, wall) and using the steel backing plate will make a stronger tie down point. To be able to recess the tie down ring in the wood you will have to drill a 3-1/4 inch hole in the wood and then, using the backing plate as a template, drill the 4 holes for the mounting bolts. Then, with the steel backing...
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  • Where do I Install D-Ring Tie Downs on a 6x10 Wood Bed Utility Trailer
  • You can attach D-Ring Tie Downs most anywhere on a trailer. You need to select the location based upon what you need to tie-down. When possible, it would be best to drill through metal to install the rings. You can mount them to the wood planks, but they will not be able to bear as much weight. Over time as the wood rots, you can end up with the rings pulling out of the wood. Whenever possible, going through the metal frame of the trailer or using a steel backing plate would be the best...
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  • Recommended Tie Downs for a Polaris RZR Side by Side
  • You might want to consider using Erickson ATV E-track tie down kit # EM09160 which works with tire diameters from 10 to 30 inches. The kit will allow you to tie down 2 tires so you can use them at the rear wheels. The straps are included. If you would rather go with D-rings such as # SS15-C I do recommend using a backing plate on the underside of the trailer floor so that the force applied to the D-Ring is spread over a larger area. You would not need that with the E-Track kit since...
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  • Best Tie-Down Recommendation for a Pine Wood Floor Flatbed Trailer Carrying Motorcycles
  • I think installing the Recessed Trailer D-Ring, # RR5K, that you have referenced, would be better than # LRB1, because the backing plate is going to help distribute the load from the ring which would be better for your wood decking and make for stronger connection points. If you use this kit with the backing plate an attachment to the frame is not required as the backing plate, which would be underneath the wood floor, would prevent the hardware from pulling out. The only down side to...
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  • How to Calculate Tongue Weight Capacity Reduction When Using A Hitch Extender On Toyota Rav 4
  • A hitch extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch and the vehicle by 50 percent. You must abide by the capacities of the lowest rated component. For example if the tongue weight capacity of the hitch is 200 pounds, but the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is 150 pounds, you must abide by 150. If you use a hitch extension, then your new tongue weight capacity is 75 pounds. Since a hitch is bolted to the vehicle and essentially becomes part of the vehicle, it does...
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  • Installing E-Track on an Aluminum Trailer
  • If it were my trailer I would fasten the E-Track to the support beams under the trailer, either the side to side one or front to back ones, by going all the way through those support beams. E-Track like # E19148 is zinc-coated steel and since the trailer is aluminum you would want to paint the bottom of the E-Track. Otherwise the dissimilar metals can cause corrosion to start. Be sure to also consider the fasteners used. Zinc-coated fasteners could be used but you will want to spray...
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  • Safety of Using Hitch Extender and Other Options To Clear Spare Tire on Jeep Liberty
  • Using a hitch extender is safe as long as you stay within the limits specified of 50 percent of the hitch and vehicle load capacity, and 350 lb tongue weight capacity of part # HE06. The other option to provide additional clearance from your spare tire would be to use a longer ball mount. For this, I would recommend Hidden Hitch Ball Mount, part # 80232, which places the center of the hitch ball 16 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole. If your ball mount requires a larger rise...
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  • Weight of Folding Aluminum Scissor Steps # AS24
  • Yes, I went out to the warehouse and took the stairs only out of the shipping box and weighed them on a postal scale. The stairs only, no mounting bracket or hardware, weigh 23.80 pounds. You may also be interested in the Aluminum Hand Rail for 4 Step Scissor Stair, item # AHR4, for safety when using the aluminum scissor steps.
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  • Recommended Way to Install Heavy Steel D-Ring Tie Down to Aluminum Floor of Car Hauler
  • Using a piece of plywood between the aluminum will not hold up as well because the wood will start to weaken and will rot over time. The best way to install the trailer D-Ring Tie Down Mount, part # LRB1, to the aluminum floor in your car hauler would be to mount it through the frame of the trailer if possible or using a steel backing plate would suffice. It would probably be good to use some sort of gasket material between the aluminum and the steel to prevent any oxidation or reaction...
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  • Spacing the Tracks When Installing E-Track to Metal Floor of Car Hauler
  • If you are planning on using an E-track wheel strap like the part # EM58523 (which would be your best and easiest option for securing the vehicle), you would want to space the E-track sections the exact same width as the tires on your vehicle. Right down the middle like in the picture I attached would be ideal. The ratings for the tracks is the amount of weight they can secure. So part # EM19147 can secure up to 6,000 lbs.
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  • Aluminum Scissor Steps AS23 Dimensions
  • The height measurement on the item you selected is 24 to 30 inches to the mounting bracket. As long as the distance from the area the stairs are to be mounted straight down to the ground is within this 6 inch range the stairs will work nicely. We have other sizes of steps (see links below) if this size is not correct for you. I have posted links to hand rails for the adjustable steps also. If I can be of further assistance let me know.
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  • Hitch Reducer Sleeve to Allow Use of 2-Inch Weight Distribution Shank in 2-1/2-Inch Hitch Receiver
  • To convert your truck's 2-1/2-inch Class V hitch to a 2-inch opening for use with a 2-inch weight distribution shank you can use Reese part # 58102. This reducer sleeve is fully compatible with weight distribution systems and other 2-inch hitch-mounted accessories. You can click on the two linked videos for more information. You will also want to check your hitch's safety ticker to confirm it is rated for use with weight distribution.
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  • Hitch Extender Recommendation for a Jeep Wrangler for Bike Rack to Clear Spare
  • For most Jeep Wrangler applications the Brophy Hitch Extender part # HE06 which provides 7-5/8 inches of additional length to the hitch would work well. I attached a review video that shows it being used in a similar Wrangler as yours. You should note that using a hitch extender will cut the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. For an 8 inch extender we have the Curt part # C45791. How long of an extender you would need will depend on how much clearance your bike rack would require....
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  • Replacement 4-Step 5th Wheel Trailer Steps to Replace Steep 3-Step Type
  • You're correct that you need 5th wheel replacement steps to extend down from the mounting point the same distance as the original steps do. This will avoid loss of ground clearance which is an important safety consideration. Trailer makers typically do not provide detailed specs on components such as steps that are used in their products but you can use the linked page to see our range of 4-step scissor steps. Brophy step # AS24 is 24-inches wide like yours, offers a 7-7/8-inch step...
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  • Installation of Brophy Recessed Trailer D-Ring Tie Down # RR5K on Toy Hauler Wood Floor
  • To install the Brophy Recessed Trailer D-Ring Tie Down with Backing Plate, part # RR5K, you will drill a 3-1/4 inch hole in the plywood floor for the tie-down to be recessed into the plywood floor. Then, you will mark where the holes for the 4 bolts are to be located and drill 4 holes for the bolts. The backing plate will install underneath the plywood floor using the 2-1/4 inch long bolts that go through the 4 holes and use lock washers and nuts. The backing plate is 6-1/2 inches x 6-1/2...
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  • Will The Brophy Cable Camper Jacks Work With A Dually Truck?
  • The Brophy Cable Camper Jacks - 67" Max Lift Height - 3,000 lbs - Qty 2 # CJ74 don't really stick out . They hold the camper pretty much flush with the edge of the camper. I went into our warehouse to measure for you and the 2x2 inch l bracket that holds the edge of your camper is 4-1/4 inches from the support pole. The outermost edge of that bracket is 6-1/2 inches from the pole. The issue you may face is that the tripod foot support is directly in line with that l bracket. It doesn't...
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  • Purpose of Refrigerator Tag Line Circuit on 9-Way Trailer Connector
  • The refrigerator or reefer tag line is the power feed for the thermostat that controls the cooling unit on a refrigerated trailer. It would connect to a 12-volt power source on the truck, if needed. If you are not pulling a refrigerated trailer, the circuit could be used for another purpose or just left unconnected if you do not need it. I have provided a wiring diagram for a 9-way connector that you might find helpful.
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  • Distance from Hitch Pin Hole to Larger Part of Trailer Hitch Extender Adapters hes0 and hes6
  • On both hitch adapters # hes0 and # hes6 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on the end that fits into the receiver to the larger portion of the extenders is 3 inches according to Brophy. But from the center of the hole to the weld seam it is 2-5/8 inches. I believe that either should work for you. Please note that the use of an extender or adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. On the 2006 Mini Cooper hitches that will reduce...
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  • Stair Recommendation for a In-Bed Camper with Entry Door 48 Inches Up from the Ground
  • The 2-step # RHS2 is the only multi-step hitch mounted steps that I have seen. You might want to look at steps # TLA7806. You can attach these steps to the threshold and they will reach all the way to the ground when pulled out. They also feature glowing parts on each step so they are more visible at night. I have linked the installation instructions to the right for you. We also have # AS25 and # AS05 that can reach 48 inches.
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  • Looking for a Hitch Riser that Fits a 2 Inch x 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • The closest adapter that we have to your needs is the MaxxTow Dual Hitch Extender, # MT70070. This adapter fits a 2 inch x 2 inch trailer hitch receiver and it provides a 2 inch x 2 inch receiver with a rise of 6-1/4 inches. Please note, only the bottom receiver on this adapter can be used for towing. The upper receiver should only be used for hitch mounted accessories such as bike racks or cargo carriers. Also, it is important to note that using a hitch extender will reduce the hitch's...
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  • Adapting 9-Pin Trailer Connector to Work with 7-Way on Tow Vehicle
  • Are you speaking of an adapter like part # 37185? If so, I do not believe that would work well for you because the 4-pole connector on that adapter is not wired independently, rather it is tied into the 7-way. To adapt your 9-pin trailer plug to work with the 7-way connector on the truck, you would need the 9-pin vehicle side connector that you referenced, part # R9CB. A length of 7-wire cable # DW04914-1 from the 9-pin would be tapped into the relevant circuits behind the 7-way, with...
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  • Installation Methods for Brophy Recessed Trailer D-Ring Tie Down with Backing Plate # RR5K
  • The Brophy Recessed Trailer D-Ring Tie Down with Backing Plate # RR5K is not application-specific so its preferred method of installation will vary from trailer to trailer. The main factor is the thickness of the material to which it will be mounted. All other things being equal, the installation that only removes the minimum amount of material necessary for clearance under the tie down plate will leave the original surface somewhat stronger than if all of that material were removed. In...
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  • Availability of Ball Mount with 9 Inch Rise for Homemade Trailer with 1/1/4 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • The 1-1/4 inch shank drawbar that we carry with the highest rise is the Brophy Class II Drawbar 5-1/2 inch Rise or 6 inch Drop, # BM96, which you reference. At this time we do not carry a 1-1/4 inch shank Drawbar with a 9 inch rise. Also on a class I or II trailer hitch you have to use the ball mount specified by the trailer hitch manufacturer or it voids the hitch warranty. The other option is to raise the trailer height. There are a couple of ways to do this. If the trailer uses double-eye...
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  • Will Brophy Aluminum Scissor Steps, # AS24, Work On Boat Trailer
  • The Brophy Aluminum Scissor Steps, # AS24, fully extended is 39 inches tall and can be slightly compressed to 31 inches. If you are mounting the bracket to your boat trailer, you should measure from where the bracket will mount on the trailer down to the ground to see if these dimensions will work. If after you measure, you need a different size we do have other sizes available in the scissor steps. The Brophy, # AS02, has a extended height of 18 inches to 23 inches, the Brophy, # AS23,...
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