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piper guy 12-28-2017 04:05 PM

Tow results ...
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Well, I know this will start a long thread ....... lol 😂

Pictures below, better ones will folllow next time we are hooked up and moving next week. Towed the Focus about 300 miles yesterday. Absolutely no drama, only way to tell its back there is look in camera. In straight tows I can't see it in mirrors, only when we make a turn. As I was told by an experienced driver, making the turn is no problem. The Focus follows almost exactly in the path of the truck tires. When the trailer swings out around the corner, the hitch pulls the car wide and the result is that any corner that the trailer will turn, the car will clear with no problems.

For those interested, I've got it set up with a Blue Ox towbar system, a SMI Stay in Play Duo onboard proportional brake system, and a rear view camera. All of the hitch assembly including the drop adapter is bolted in place and has no play or slop. Coach has MorRyde IS suspension, disc brakes and H rated Sailun S637 tires. Truck has Max Tow package, Comfort Ride Hitch 24k hitch, Airbags for suspension control. MorRyde pinbox on trailer. Braking is every bit as good as before, if not better. I'm thinking the car actually stabilized somewhat the back of the coach as virtually nothing moved around inside and we were on some of the really great sections of I 95 in Maryland and Virginia.

As far as length overall ..... don't know, haven't measured, don't intend to. Have checked with Maryland Motor Vehicle and also DOT officers and a good friend who is a Motor Vehicle Enforcement officer for Maryland. Surprise, surprise, I am totally legal in Maryland. We have no length restrictions on private vehicles, double tow is permitted as long as equipped right (I am) (RV's especially). Since I have a Class A non commercial license, the back of it says "any non commercial motor vehicle ". When I asked the DOT officer about doubles or the 65' he told me that only applies to commercial license and commercial trucks. It was his opinion and and also the motor vehicle officer's that we should be legal in other states because of reciprocity laws. Guess we'll see on that but can say that yesterday I passed or was passed by Maryland State Trooprs, Maryland transportation authority officers, Virginia Troopers and North Carolina troopers. No issues and two of them gave me a thumbs up !

More to follow as the adventure progresses.

atom ant 12-28-2017 04:53 PM

Very nice! Need to get you a Union Pacific logo for your truck!

Did you beef up the Redwood hitch, or leave as is? That was one decision I never finished making on ours.

RWJSIM2003 12-28-2017 06:10 PM

Nice setup. Thanks for sharing

Jim & Mary 12-28-2017 06:56 PM


Did any of the officials you talked to mention the bikes covering up the viewability of the Redwood license plate. I traveled 10 K miles this summer, never had a problem, but it's been a thought in my mind.

piper guy 12-28-2017 10:32 PM

Brad - I haven't changed the hitch any. Friend who is a welder looked at it and didn't think anything was needed because of virtually no tongue weight and the brake system on car.
Jim - I moved the license plate and a light to the ladder a couple of years ago. Also mounted the camera on ladder as I wanted a better view of the left lane behind me.

atom ant 12-29-2017 04:40 PM

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I put a second license plate and light down on the hitch on my Redwood so I could haul bikes. I had the license plate and a moniker plate and would just swap them around depending on what I was doing.

Vaughan, sounds good. The Redwood hitches were nicely installed anyway, better than some others. I just was worried about exceeding the 3,000 lbs.

piper guy 12-31-2017 02:39 PM

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Here are som pictures of the hitch and tow setup for those that are interested. The bungee cords stabilize the bicycles somewhat from side to side.

The bungee hanging the towbar is just used when we unhook. It's easier to do that than take bikes off and swing it up into the lock.

piper guy 12-31-2017 02:49 PM

Stupid iPad - no idea why they're sideways - or how to correct.

brenkco 12-31-2017 03:23 PM


The way I solved the sideways pics is to open them on the Mac or pc, rotate and post. I couldn’t see how to change them on the iPad either.


atom ant 12-31-2017 03:34 PM

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The best way to avoid that is use a Samsung :)

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