Recommended Front Mounted Trailer Hitch for 2018 Thor Freedom Elite on 2017 Ford E-350 Chassis

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I have a 2018 Thor Motor Coach Freedom Elite, on a 2017 Ford E350 chassis. I would like to hook this hitch on the front of my motor home, to assist me in backing up a 6X12 foot enclosed trailer that I haul my bike behind the RV. I am not good at backing up, so I thought this would be a good way to jockey the trailer around with, insted of trying to back in to a tight space with the motor home. When I try to back the trailer into a spot, I physically can not see the 6x12 trailer. Would this front hitch be able to position the haul behind trailer weighing 1800lbs? trailer weighs 900lbs and my bike weighs around 800 - to 900lbs. Thank you

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The Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65053 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Ford E-350 Chassis. The hitch has a trailer weight capacity of 5,000 lbs so you will have no issues with your trailer weight. I recommend using the same ball mount you use to pull the trailer to make it easy. A front mounted hitch does make maneuvering a trailer much easier, so this will be a good solution for you.

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I purchased ft mount receiver #65053. There is a reference for an 8mm wrench. What is that for? and in the instructions, step #3 says to enlarge forward hole on vehicle with half inch drill bit. I have to drill out all 4 holes correct? and lastly, does the bumper have to come off, or do I leave it hanging a little?

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I reached out to my tech contact and he said the 8mm wrench is a misprint in their instructions on the # 65052 hitch and they are updating it. In step 3, you will need to make sure all the holes are able to accept the 1/2 inch hardware. If the 1/2 inch bolt doesn't go through without enlarging the hole, then you will need to enlarge it for the hardware to fit through. The bumper does not need to come completely off, you just need to make sure it remains secure so you can work under it safely.

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