Front mount hitch?

Albiebac

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Who uses a front mount hitch to park their boat? If so, how heavy is the boat, and any issues? I'm looking to mount a receiver on the front of my 3500 Ram to park my Skipjack in a tight storage space (same space, just longer truck now). Hitches are rated to 350# tongue weight, 3500# towing, and 9000# line weight, so not quite in spec. Area is flat, so I don't foresee an issue.
Anyone else doing this?
 
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Day0ne

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maybe look at one of those powered trailer dollies instead?

If you haven't tried a front mount hitch, you're missing out. Makes launching easier also, and a whole lot cheaper than a powered dolly. Specs are probably fine for parking.
 
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I always wanted one, but never pulled the trigger because we had a forklift to move the boat around the shop. It would of come in real handy more than a few times, and having the ability to slip a wench in the front or rear receiver would of saved some digging over the years.
 

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My Grandfather used to get his boat up a steep narrow driveway like that.It was definitely the easier way to park the boat.
 

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I had a bow hitch welded to the right side frame on a 1992 Dodge 3/4 ton diesel. I towed a 20 ft Shamrock and the storage yard I was in had narrow isles. Plus, the old style Dodge and a long turning radius. I used an extra long hitch receiver so the trailer would not bind on the front bumper. Pushing the boat into the storage spot was a breeze. Only down side was the double hookup.
 

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have one on my ford....it's a lifesaver....even better is the one on my jeep...I can put stuff in tight spots with that one.
 

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Have one on a Chevy 1 ton cutaway chassis box truck. Pushes a 7500lb boat around a 90° angle up an incline no problemo.

Absolute live saver! RV place in El Cajon installed/modified it for a reasonable price.
 

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I have a front hitch and i love it ... i can push the +/-5,000lb boat up my long, narrow, sloping driveway usually in one sweep. When i was backing it up, not so much, as the wall stucco will attest. Lol

I got one online and it was very easy to bolt to my tundra.

The only problem is getting the boat out of the tight space in the yard. There's no room to back out with it attached to front or rear hitch on the truck. I had to get a Power Caster dolly to move the boat into the driveway before i can hook it up. The Power Caster is awesome but it can't handle the slope at the end of the drive.

It's a process...lol
 

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Well, sounds like the way to go. I was pretty much ready to pull the trigger.
I do have a small power caster for a small camper we have, but there's no way it could handle the boat, plus I don't want to be lugging it to the storage yard. Looks like I'll need to do the trailer hitch shuffle at the storage yard, but that's better than the back-up cussle. :p
I'm gonna order from etrailer, I'll post results.
 

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I had a power mover dolly to push my 24’ Robalo around. It worked well but was slow and making the required 90 degree turn was a pita due to tire scrub on a dual axle trailer. I put a front hitch on my Ford for 150.00 and can’t figure out why I didn’t do this years ago. It’s amazing what a front hitch gives you in terms of trailer parking ability. No brainer, if you don’t like it you are only out 150.00 if you can’t resell it. The power mover was 2k. An expensive lesson.
 

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Well, sounds like the way to go. I was pretty much ready to pull the trigger.
I do have a small power caster for a small camper we have, but there's no way it could handle the boat, plus I don't want to be lugging it to the storage yard. Looks like I'll need to do the trailer hitch shuffle at the storage yard, but that's better than the back-up cussle. :p
I'm gonna order from etrailer, I'll post results.
Most of all the Stucco Forman’s trucks
All had a front hitch,
So the could back up the mixer pump,
To the sand pile, I
Would see how good it would be to back a boat down with one.
 
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