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    I finished my first project today. It was a basket to go on the back of my 5th wheel camper. I basically put two receiver hitches on my camper and slide the basket in the hitches. The basket is 26"x66" with a 4' ramp on one end to load my grill and generator on. I will post some pics after I get it painted. It is in the paint booth now. Probably won't get painted til Friday though.
    Todd Eldridge
    [email protected]
    Newbie Hobby Welder

  • #2
    Anxious to see the pictures....here's one that I built

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    • #3
      caboose

      Rocky D, is the upright at the rear a bike rack? Nice design, like the door!

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      • #4
        Rocky,

        Mine is no where near that nice. It's functional though.
        Todd Eldridge
        [email protected]
        Newbie Hobby Welder

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        • #5
          Re: caboose

          Originally posted by cope
          Rocky D, is the upright at the rear a bike rack? Nice design, like the door!
          Yep, it's a bike rack...I originally built it to carry my 4Kw generator, welder and tools, but I needed more versatility for other stuff. The picture shows how it fits into the hitch.

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          • #6
            Looks pretty big for a trailer hitch rack.

            With the principles of leveage in mind, how much weight dare you put in?
            Snidley :}
            Here in the Great White North
            Mosquitoes can't fly at 40 below

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Snidley
              Looks pretty big for a trailer hitch rack.

              With the principles of leverage in mind, how much weight dare you put in?
              I think the most I have had in it was about 500#...i'm guessing here, but I'm sure it could've held more. I had originally mounted it on the back of my 35' travel trailer....big mistake....the extra weight on the tail end threw the balance off, the trailer and it began to fishtail down the freeway (interstate, for you rebs) and I had to unload it right in the middle of rush hour traffic going through Los Angeles. Scary! it worked alot better on my motor home and truck as I have it pictured here. Ya hafta keep painting this stuff...even tho there's not salt on the roads out here, on the left coast, the salt air, being so close to the ocean takes its toll.

              Aaron that sounds like a real nice one you built.

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              • #8
                Rocky D..

                Have the authorities ever questioned the visibility or lack there of regarding your licence plate when you have the "tote the house rack" in the back??
                Snidley :}
                Here in the Great White North
                Mosquitoes can't fly at 40 below

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                • #9
                  Nope, no trouble with authorities.....and, yeah, I guess I kinda went overboard on the size.. I forgot to mention that to move it around the yard, I had a stud welded on the CG under the basket which fit my floor jack. It was handy to just slip the floor jack under it and transfer it to a different vehicle.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aweaver
                    I had to pull over once near the Ohio-WV border because my daughter (2 at the time) had thrown up in her carseat...

                    Aaron
                    It was funny that when I was reading this tale and got to this point I thought ahead you were gonna say "so we put my daughter in the rack and everything was OK"! I am glad it ended the way it did.
                    AtoZ Fabrication, Inc.
                    Miller MM210--now X2
                    Hypertherm 380
                    Miller autodark hood

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                    • #11
                      Zachv..

                      It probably wouldn't be the first time parents have wished they could put their kids in a rack - out back.

                      ain't travelin with the family wunderful

                      Which reminds me, have to plan this years event. Road trip anyone!
                      Snidley :}
                      Here in the Great White North
                      Mosquitoes can't fly at 40 below

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                      • #12
                        hahahaha Zach! ****, just put her on the rack. Hose her off and she will be ok.
                        Art is dangerous!
                        www.PiedmontIronworks.com

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                        • #13
                          Rocky,

                          After finishing the basket and towing with it, I have decided to go bck and raise it up 6". The basket is just too low. Thought I would fix it before it becomes a problem. Pics coming soon.
                          Todd Eldridge
                          [email protected]
                          Newbie Hobby Welder

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                          • #14
                            See lots of racks on back of cars at mall for electric transporters. Worth looking at them for ideas how to make one folding or with electric screw lift.

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                            • #15
                              Here are some lifts that I sell, maybe from the pics you can get some more ideas.

                              http://www.scooter-lift.com/4.html

                              http://www.tiltarack.com/quadrack.html
                              It's not an optical illusion...it just looks like one

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