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what to do before welding. &. beefing up hitch
1. I am looking at beefing up the hitch on our 1999 U320 what all do I need to disconnect besides the chassis
batteries and the house batteries.

2. I have 10 K hitch but may be pulling
more, or really close to that and would rather have it a bit...

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The Hitch Center in Morgan Hill, CA. or Gilroy that beefed up many rv hitch systems I sold,  towing horse trailers, would weld steel plate below the entire hitch assembly, to raise the carrying capacity.  I would only use a professional hitch...

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Chris, we had ours beefed up in Orlando, FL at a huge fab shop that did work on hitches, etc., when we were pulling our 24 foot tri axle trailer.  This was on our '98 U320 we owned.  They added gussets to cross members, etc., but they told me...

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2. I have 10 K hitch but may be pulling
more, or really close to that and would rather have it a bit over kill than
repeat what Brad had when it looked like his towed was trying to pass him!

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I don't think there is any pressure on the bulkhead towing, all the pulling force is in the rear behind the bulkhead. Could be wrong but just my view of it.

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Yes Joe we made the jump Can Am trail 1000DPS I found it Elka liked it so it is in our shad now!!!

Thanks Guys for input on hitch and welding much appreciated

Chris


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Chris, heading for Idaho?  The dunes are fun.  We did pretty well in our stock 1998 Wrangler, 6 cyl.  Lowered the tire pressure, figured out which gears kept the RPMs high enough to not get bogged down and had at it.  I think I did better than...

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Do remember that the manufacturers data plate governs legal towing.  GCWR. 

IF you had an incident  and anyone checked it could be ugly. 


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Do remember that the manufacturers data plate governs legal towing.  GCWR. 

IF you had an incident  and anyone checked it could be ugly.
How is it a truck that has any given max tow weight...

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My thought was if an incident occurred and a insurance investigator looked at the weights that the owner would be liable for the damages including his own coach,

In Kalifornia coaches of 40' or less run passenger car plates.  Not commercial.

I...

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You might consider the rear bulkhead being the weak link when towing heavy loads with your Foretravel.


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Chuck,
That is my conclusion as well after thinking obsessively about the bulkhead joint issue for the first couple of years of coach ownership where I spent most of my time underneath welding in new steel and rebuilding the basement floor...

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If anyone has a scale profile of the frame rails, with tube sizes, I can look at the vectors.
  My concept of the situation is that the rails are similar to twin  full length ladder bars. They will twist at the joints as applied torque is increased.

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Chris. Yes disconnect batteries and I ground out the positive coach cables to ground to completely protect from voltage spikes. Not the Battery. Your 10k hitch was rated with a hitch entering and going completely thru the receiver on the coach....

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