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    PWCToday Regular demian5's Avatar
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    Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    Hi I have a 95 xp800 and I am thinking I want to haul it on a hitch hauler.

    Anyone haul a 2-seater on one?

    Any pictures or advice?
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    The problem is most trucks have class 3 receivers

    "Class III hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 6000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a 600 lbs. maximum trailer tongue weight"

    Then with that much weight over hanging you need to have some beefed up suspension on the truck or air bags.

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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    If you have a force of 100
    lb acting at a distance 10 feet from the fulcrum or pivot point, the
    torque is 100 lb times 10 feet = 1000 foot-pounds. If you double
    either the force (weight) or the distance ("lever arm"), you double
    the torque.
    That ski weighs 430lbs dry = easy 500+ with oil and gas
    You would be near the limit of a classIII hitch IF all the weight was at the hitch (pivot point)
    BUT because your weigh will be spread out over a 3 or 4 ft distance away from the hitch (Pivot point) the hitch hauler will be acting as a lever - The torque effect of that lever will result in a weight WAY over the limit of your hitch. Example 500lbs x 2 ft = 1000 ft lbs of torque

    If you try it be sure to adjust your headlights so you don't blind pilots / aircraft
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    So it would be pressing down more than my toy hauler?

    My truck is rated at 800lbs max tounge without Weight-Distributing Hitch.
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by demian5 View Post
    So it would be pressing down more than my toy hauler?

    My truck is rated at 800lbs max tounge without Weight-Distributing Hitch.
    Hopefully you don't just have a class 3 receiver on that truck.... which is what most trucks have.
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by AirJunky View Post
    Hopefully you don't just have a class 3 receiver on that truck.... which is what most trucks have.
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    In addition to the weight issue there is width to consider. How wide can a vehicle be? I hauled one on the front of a double trailer that I converted to a triple and I pulled the nozzles off for the ride because it was really filling the lane up.

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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    I have a one ton truck with a class V hitch but I still wouldn't want to do it. As stated, the weight is going to be so far behind the hitch receiver that it will have LOTS of leverage. At best you may loose a PWC, but in doing so you may cause other vehicles to be involved in an accident.
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    Great info.
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    Re: Anyone put a two seater on a hitch hauler? Pictures? Advice?

    I'd expect my hitch to handle it, I would wander about the carrier tho

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