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Old 06-08-2018, 06:44 AM
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Just pointing out an option that a lot of people do not know exists,the front mount receiver hitch.I have a small boat shop and do a lot of jockeying around with trailers in small limited spaces.I use front mount receiver hitches and it makes for precise and accurate placing of trailers.It's a whole different experience with the steering wheels near the hitch.The front hitches such as Curt brand are nearly hidden when installed and work great.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:50 AM
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I love having mine. Makes impossible maneuvers easy.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:51 AM
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Yep. Love mine. And the mount was less than $200 on eBay.
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:46 PM
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Rear hitch, front hitch, how about a mid-hitch?

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Old 06-09-2018, 12:52 PM
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I can't get my boat in its designated space without one. It is pretty hard on tandem tires though.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:11 PM
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I really want one -even though I really don't need it...

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Old 06-13-2018, 06:27 AM
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I have one on the front of my 2500hd Z71 for not only maneuvering the trailer on my property but also to mount a winch in a removable cradle for offroading. Think of all the other cool accessories you could attach too, bike racks, storage platforms, a step for washing etc.

One thing to think about when purchasing a front hitch, decide if approach angle is important to you, i chose a draw-tite hitch that goes thru the bumper as opposed to below it like most other brands. This kept the winch up higher out of harms way, and didn't effect my approach angle.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:40 AM
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I made one like this, bolts on to the front tow hooks on my F-250, on and off in 10 minutes. I copied it from a hitch that was made by a company called Bodiak, they are out of business now.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:45 AM
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I've never had one but a good friend did because of the way he has to access his garage (up hill sharp turns). It really makes it easy to control and see but most of the time you don't really need one.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:55 AM
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Only person I knew who had a front hitch was because he could not back a trailer. He would get to the ramp, unhitch rear and hook up to front to launch boat. Same routine when he got back home to park the boat. Embarrassing to watch and he finally just gave up on trailering anything all together. Must have been too much for him to handle when I taught his daughter how to back a trailer like a champ in less than 15 minutes. Some brains just can't do it.
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Only person I knew who had a front hitch was because he could not back a trailer. He would get to the ramp, unhitch rear and hook up to front to launch boat. Same routine when he got back home to park the boat. Embarrassing to watch and he finally just gave up on trailering anything all together. Must have been too much for him to handle when I taught his daughter how to back a trailer like a champ in less than 15 minutes. Some brains just can't do it.
I can back a trailer like a champ,but having the steering wheels close to the ball and seeing where you are going allows you to put a trailer where you couldn't back one in.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:42 PM
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Have a front hitch on my Ford pick up. I launch at a few different ramps at nite & if the lights at the ramp aren't working I will use the front hitch to launch & retrieve. Works great as a bike rack when we tow the 5th wheel south for the winter.
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We use a front hitch on a jeep to launch ant retrieve our boat at the camp on the lake. There's just enough room next to the dock to launch right at the camp, and the boat and trailer will fit snugly in the garage.
It's a lot easier to pull in and out of a tight garage when you can see and make small corrections.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Just pointing out an option that a lot of people do not know exists,the front mount receiver hitch.I have a small boat shop and do a lot of jockeying around with trailers in small limited spaces.I use front mount receiver hitches and it makes for precise and accurate placing of trailers.It's a whole different experience with the steering wheels near the hitch.The front hitches such as Curt brand are nearly hidden when installed and work great.
Can you post a picture please?

How much is the whole setup?
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BOSBoatMan View Post
Can you post a picture please?

How much is the whole setup?
Go to Etrailer.com.
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I had an '83 tow vehicle with a front hitch, followed by a '95 without one. When I replaced the '95, one condition for the new tow vehicle was- "Must be able to install front hitch!!!" I have to move my boat trailer uphill around a curve, down a narrow drive and into a garage. Front hitch- easy peasy. After backing it up for 11 years, I was so ready to be done with that.
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Originally Posted by jrm850 View Post
I can't get my boat in its designated space without one. It is pretty hard on tandem tires though.

turning to sharp with minimal tire rotation is what is hard on the tandems. the wheels need to be turning to release the stress!
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