Pine Hitch extender support my April 1st project

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Project by HalDougherty posted 04-01-2012 12:33 PM 5675 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the free section of Craig’s List. I found this trailer listed by someone who just wanted it out of their driveway TODAY! It came with everything I’d need including a 5th wheel hitch. My only hitch was I don’t have a truck to move it. Well, some Lumberjock inspiration, some thought and a little sweat and I made a jig out of a 4” X 4” pine beam. I turned a 1” tenon on one end to fit where my trailer ball usually sits. I had to add a plywood spacer to spread the load over a larger area on my tailgate so this short 100 mile trip won’t damage the drop down cargo door on my SUV. The last photo was taken just before we started for home. I don’t have any pictures of us at home, but I will soon. Just keep waiting for updates. My last words before we hit the interstate highway were: “Hold my beer and watch this!”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 12:44 PM

I think I passed you. You were the van with the smoke pouring out? Just joshin’. The real axel may be a bit low:)

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 12:59 PM

I am so glad April 1st comes but once a year.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 01:25 PM

I think you half killed your SUV Hal!
But a nice job & smart idea for the hitch extender support!

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 02:07 PM

Talk about a great combination of Rube Goldberg and Redneck. Now you know why the fifth wheel is
always in front of the rear axle. I see even the license plate as been covered to prevent self incrimination.
Thank you for sharing and giving me one more impossible thing to believe before breakfast.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 02:30 PM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 03:27 PM

At first I was scratching my head and saying, WTF!!
Then I realized it’s April 1st.
It’s a good one.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 04:11 PM

Hal, that is quite an inventive way of getting it home. I’d be worried about the load being that far back from the rer axle. But if it worked, you solved that problem!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 05:03 PM


I’m surprised you made it 2 blocks!

You were NOT pulling that trailer… It was Pushing You!

The slightest bump looks like would have taken your SUV rear-end right into the ground!

That whole setup just scares the CRAP out of me… just LOOKING at it…

I was expecting this to be a joke… BUT, NO… It was for REAL! (??) LOL

I don’t know how you made it 100 miles!

You must have had your guardian angels working Overtime!

Glad you made it!

Now, what are you going to do with it… and how are you going to get it there?! LOL

I’m still shaking from just looking at that last picture…
(I’ve got to settle down… & relax… but, no beer to help!)

Thank you for Making it Home!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 08:22 PM

Hal you are a brave man!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 08:49 PM


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 09:21 PM

I’m not brave enough to drive an accident looking for a place to happen… I’m patient… Yep, last Fall someone sent me a link to these pictures and I’ve been saving them till April 1st! I couldn’t help myself. I can’t imagine anyone trying a stunt like this and making it work.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 10:04 PM

you wild and crazy guy ,A horse would have been a nice touch Ha ha


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#13 posted 04-01-2012 10:38 PM


I wondered if that was what you were doing!

You made it look so real!

You bum… you! LOL

Glad you didn’t REALLY do it!



-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 04-02-2012 01:00 AM

I KNEW you were smarter than that! Thanks for not disappointing me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 04-02-2012 12:26 PM

I believe you could offset the weight on your rear axle by having some in-laws ride in the rear of the camper.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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