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03-15-2007, 10:06 PM
Hey i need to extend my hitch on my dump truck any suggestions . I need to extend it about 2feet. Can anyone suggest a good welder in nj.
do you have a reciever on the truck already this may help i dont know what you have though
03-16-2007, 12:02 AM
1st.......tilt your bed ALL the way up and measure how much room you've got to play with. I was able to extend mine out about 6"......I'll be posting pictures soon......but that 6" + an extension will do the trick.
How much weight are you looking to pull?
03-16-2007, 10:15 AM
about 6,000 or 7,000lb
03-16-2007, 11:00 AM
im in the same boat with my 550, the tank is just behind the rear plate so its not as easy. A&R trailer in westbrook CT quoted me around $700 to externally mount a reciever welded to the rear plate.
03-16-2007, 11:11 AM
how long do u want to extend it? I found away to extend the hitch about 12inch for around $140.00. I'm going to start driving around as soon as I get my title.
03-16-2007, 11:12 AM
03-25-2007, 04:44 AM
You prolly need something like this, because I had a simular problem with my 1ton dump.http://www.reeseprod.com/prodphoto/gif/45156.gif
03-26-2007, 01:19 PM
redwing where did u get that
03-26-2007, 09:50 PM
Do a search on ebay for extensions too......they have 12" & 18"
As for rear fuel tank...same goes for the Chevy 4500/5500 too, you may have to remove the tank for room to fab something up.
Imagine this........2" square receiver + 2" square tubing.....metal coupler that is about 4" long connecting the two (like you would do PVC pipe for example) and then (2) 1/4" pieces of steel coming from the square tubing to the plate for added strength = what I've got. I'd post a picture but they're not on this computer.
03-26-2007, 09:59 PM
Just some food for thought. The further you extend the hitch will dramatically lower the amount of tounge weight it will support. Thats why they make trailers with longer tounges instead of doing this because it is unsafe.
04-06-2007, 02:59 AM
Here is somehwere you can get the hitch I mentioned above. http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=catalog.prodInfo&productID=5860&categoryID=212
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