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Old 06-06-2016, 01:14 PM
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Hi all - I frequently launch at a ramp that has a very shallow grade resulting in my getting the back of the truck pretty wet. I've been looking for a hitch extender and can only find that below:

http://www.xtend-a-hitchnorthwest.com/

Has anyone had any luck with something like this? I would trailer to the location with the normal length tongue then unhitch, extend, re-hitch, and back down.

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Old 06-08-2016, 08:20 AM
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I would go with something like this and attach it when you get to the ramp.

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...FYE2gQodmncBSQ
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
I would go with something like this and attach it when you get to the ramp.

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...FYE2gQodmncBSQ
I am looking for something that is a bit longer. 6 feet would be great.
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How heavy is the boat? You could probably just replace the tongue of the trailer with a longer tongue and not worry about having to unhitch
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What size tube does your trailer have for the hitch? If it is a consistent square tube, you can mount an inside to outside diameter tube to the main center tube of the trailer... securing it with 2-3 hitch pins. When you go to the landing, pull the pins, slide the tube extension out, re-pin and back into the water. I needed to do this with my jet ski so I could float it on the beach.
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Xtend-a-hitch at $329-439 seems a "little" expensive and looks like it would need to be heavy duty b/c of the tongue wt. across such a long section. Interesting idea and there was a time when I used to launch into a lake that didn't have a ramp where I was forced to back in way too far for comfort.

Maybe it would be worth contacting a welding shop that does custom hitches to see if they could make what you need..?

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Those are some interesting ideas. I like Alden's idea. Seems like the quickest if you can find a way to not have it interfere w/your brakes, if you have them. If you go the "unhitch, attach, re-hitch" route, be sure to do it right at the top of the ramp so as to tie up the maximum number of other trailers.

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