Trailer hitch with a rollpan, but you'll never see it....
I spent the last 2 days under my truck getting a trailer hitch put on, and with a rollpan, it was no bolt-on affair. I had to cut and reposition the centersection on the brackets, cut and bend the brackets, drill the frame, cut my rollpan, and figure out how to hide a huge 7-way light connector because every trailer we own has one. I'm still working on getting the license plate set up to work with it. It will be mounted on a receiver plug to hide the hitch when not in use.
I've been working on the idea for a while, and this week I got some motivation to get it done. I'm going riding several hours away (east of Bend, 4 corners for anyone who knows) tomorrow, and I needed a way bring someone with me. Instead of paying the huge gas bill to drive a fullsize van and big flatbed trailer, I can now take our small trailer and my truck.
Oh, and I had to take the sawzall to my exhaust to get the hitch on....Its dumped right out the muffler now, and its quite a bit louder in the cab. Lightning-style side-exit is coming next.
I didn't know anybody made these. I went to all the local trailer/towing supply places, and nobody could find me a hitch. So I went to the wrecking yard and picked one up, and promptly re-engineered it to fit what I wanted. It's completely invisible with the plate pinned on, exactly what I wanted.
so does your plate flip up or do you just take it off when you use the hitch?
I wanted to do a flip bracket originally, but nobody had one. I checked a lot of junkyards cuz a lot of cars had them, but a lot of that stuff got scrapped over the summer when scrap prices were up and demand for parts wasn't.
Now its getting mounted on a receiver plug to pin in place of the ball mount when I'm not towing.
Originally Posted by 04blackedge
Its cooler that you made your own IMO
They're makin thier money, and I'm savin mine. I gotta pay to do my new exhaust somehow.
Besides, if you got the skills to do it halfway decent, I think home-brewed is always better.