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Old 10-31-2006, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Receiver hitch rack.

Not so much for AT the lease, but more for gettin your stuff there.
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:22 PM   #2
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that is a nice, heavy duty looking rack. I bet you could carry all the weight you would ever need and not have to worry!

I built one similar and added one of those plug in reciever brake lights to the rear for someone to make sure they see, especially if you have it on empty. DOT tape on the side and you can see that dude a mile away.


Looks good DMO, thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:58 PM   #3
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Nice rack!

Speaking of DOT regs regarding Hitch Hauls. I got a ticket on my way back from Eagle Pass a few years ago because my ice chest was hiding my plate. The trooper told me I had to move the plate to the back of the hitch hauler. He was a real ***** though, just looking for an excuse to pull me over.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:35 PM   #4
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Looks good, but I caution you about one other thing. You turn into a service station or some other place that has a bad dip when you pull off the road into their parking lot it could scrap the pavement. I thought about building on with a slight "step up" in the receiver end to maybe prevent tha from happening.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:37 PM   #5
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looks like you could drag it though a low spot and not have to
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:59 PM   #6
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I've been planning on putting a license plate holder on the back, red clearance lights, and a tag light, just so I won't have to worry about the **** troopers. This stuff will be done before she sees the road again, along with a couple tie down points and some new paint.

You'd have to hit a real stinkin deep ditch to make that sucker drag, but it wouldn't hurt it if you did.

I did drive down South Padre Island National Seashore (62 miles of rough *** beach) at a high rate of speed with the thing loaded full of ice and beer and she never touched ground. That's also why it needs new paint though.
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:02 PM   #7
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You said rough *** !
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:23 AM   #8
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Looks to me like it does have a step up to it...nice job. That baby will hold SOME beer... SON!
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:53 PM   #9
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Who said beer?
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:09 PM   #10
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Wonder if you could purchase a farm trailer plate to attach to it so you would not have to take the plate on and off. Its a trailer without wheels and could be used to haul feed
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:20 PM   #11
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I need one big enough for a medium sized 4-wheeler.
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Old 11-01-2006, 03:51 PM   #12
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I actually high-centered my S-10 Blazer with a hitch hauler on the back. My
dumb *** thought I could make an easy pass through a steep banked creek.
Well, what a bad time to find your 4WD is out! The hauler kept my back
tires about 4" off the ground until we dug it out enough. Lesson learned !

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Old 11-03-2006, 11:02 PM   #13
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Dale I like your taste in beer
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:56 AM   #14
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I got pulled over by a Nebraska State Patrolman for having my license plate obstructed - by my trailer ball! I guess he couldn't see the bottom of the number 6! They are looking for any excuse to pull a vehicle over and with a setup like yours, loaded down with coolers, most of the troopers I know would be drooling to pull your drunk butt over (in their minds anyway you are obviously drinking and driving). I'd make sure your license plate is visible. Just my .02 and of course, my experience with State Troopers is limited to Nebraska.
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:17 PM   #15
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Who said beer?


Is it me, or is that just a ticket waiting to happen?

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Old 12-04-2006, 12:00 PM   #16
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I'd cut a piece a steel about the same size of the LP, paint it white and stencil on with flo green letters or use reflective stick on letters
"My TX LP #ABC-123"
Some officers get a little up set if they can't see a LP to run or give if they pull you over. This may take the edge off one of those officers.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:29 PM   #17
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I was wondering what the dimensions are for this rack? I have been looking at them for a while and want to build my own. The store bought racks are too small and to wobbly. Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:26 PM   #18
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I don't recall exactly, but I think it's about 32" X 54"...outside to outside.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:11 PM   #19
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Dale, you must be one hell of a welder or you use a boat load of grinding wheels!! Dude, that is an awesome look rack!! Do you by chance have any plans for it?

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Old 11-15-2007, 10:48 AM   #20
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Although I'm not a welder, I had an idea for an "improvement" that could be incorporated into the design of a hitch rack. I have a store bought version and one of the problems is "wobble" side to side, since there is typically some play between the receiver hitch on the pickup and the bar that slides into it. Not a great artist rendition, but I think it will convey the idea...

Using Dales picture...

Blue= sleeve welded to rack
Red= L shaped rod that slides inside sleeve
Green= set bolt with T-handle to tighten L-shaped rod in any position to accomodate various distances between the top of bumper and the receiver hitch.

Of couse, there would actually be two of these; one for either side. The idea being to have a rod that can be adjusted to rest against the top of your bumper on both sides, taking all the side to side "wobble" out and (I believe) strengthening the hitch overall.

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Just throwing the idea out there. What do you think?
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:05 AM   #21
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Plans? Plans are for building houses!


That would certainly work David, but I can't see it in the mirror......so the wobble doesn't bother me.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:32 AM   #22
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We put reflector tape on the back and sides so people can see it at night, especially in a poorly lighted parking lot.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:57 AM   #23
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If you welded 2, small wheels and tires on it for show, could you call it a trailer? Out here, there's a limit to how far back of the original vehicle anything can extend even with putting red flags on it.
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:35 PM   #24
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I think you are allowed 4' in Texas. I know that is how much they allow us to have sticking over the back of our flatbed delivery trucks.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:18 PM   #25
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Plans? Plans are for building houses!
I'm sorry....I must have forgotten who I was talking to!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:29 PM   #26
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To bad it is on a chevy
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:28 PM   #27
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Honestly, I'm not a plans guy. If I had plans I'd screw it up! Wasn't tryin to be a smart arse though, kinda looks that way reading it now.

Death From Above, it it were for anything else....I would have had to put wheels and a tongue, and a weight dist. hitch on it.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:47 PM   #28
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It's cool Dale, i was just wondering as it is a nice lookinig rack!
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:09 AM   #29
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Looks good Dale.
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #30
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:43 PM   #31
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That looks pretty **** stout - I hate seeing them go down the road all tilted and looking like their going to take me out. Would simple ratchet straps from the outside corners to bed tie downs help if it flexed any. pictures of lots of beer is always cool.
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:53 PM   #32
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"Nice Rack" D Mo
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:30 AM   #33
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I have one simular to that one that I built. I use turn buckles to secure it to the reciever hitch where the chains hook on. You can put anything on it and it does **** off some law inforcement that they cant see the plates.....


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Old 11-29-2007, 12:26 AM   #34
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Love that Lone Star
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:11 AM   #35
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bump for the pics
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:16 AM   #36
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Dale looks like chimmney pipe in the back ground.I sure need about 20'.
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Old 05-25-2008, 02:58 PM   #37
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i bought one from cabelas for like 60 bucks. and my only complaint is the wobble. im always worried about it breaking when i have important stuff on it. like deer! how much did that cost you for all the metal? i may have to junk mine and have one built like that.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:51 PM   #38
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why junk it? just add to and make it stronger.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:02 PM   #39
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i bought one from cabelas for like 60 bucks. and my only complaint is the wobble. im always worried about it breaking when i have important stuff on it. like deer! how much did that cost you for all the metal? i may have to junk mine and have one built like that.
I got mine there too...I was thinking about welding shims to the sides and bottom to lift it and prevent wobble. If that doesn't work maybe something that will attach to the safty chain "holes."
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Da@#$, D-MO,you did it again, do you ever sleep
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:29 AM   #41
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Dale looks like chimmney pipe in the back ground.I sure need about 20'.
That's Majestic chimney pipe, if that's what you need, we got it!


T8, I built this one about 4 years ago for probably less than 60 bucks. It would cost at least 3 times that now.
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Dale did you use 1in or 1 1/4 in tubing?
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1", 14ga wall.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:22 PM   #44
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Thanks...i'm in production.
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I looked, but I can't find the cut sheet (I cut all that at work). I'll see it, and could measure it tonight.
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i bought one from cabelas for like 60 bucks. and my only complaint is the wobble. im always worried about it breaking when i have important stuff on it. like deer! how much did that cost you for all the metal? i may have to junk mine and have one built like that.
If you bungie cord the ends to your bumper, does it eliminate the wobble?
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I looked, but I can't find the cut sheet (I cut all that at work). I'll see it, and could measure it tonight.
Cool. I'm headed to the gym then back here to start cutting and welding. I already have the 2 in stuff done. I did 32 like you thought on the length.
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Looks good. I need to build one too. I hate hauling the trailer just for the generator.
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