photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Jim Thode | profile | all galleries >> Horse trailer hitch extension tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Horse trailer hitch extension

The extension added about 3 ft to the trailer hitch. It is attached to the original ball and by two U bolts to the front axle of the trailer. It can be removed or installed in about ten minutes. With this extension it is possible to jack knife the trailer greater then 90 degrees without any problems. I have had it to Arizona and all over the mountains (including Midway Meadows) with no problems. I lost some ground clearance at the hitch but I keep that in mind and it has not been a problem. I leave it on all the time, even without the camper. The longer the distance between the hitch and the trailer axles, the better the trailer pulls. The longer the distance between the hitch and the pickup drive axle, the poorer the trailer handles.

This type of extension does not add additional load on the original trailer frame. Extensions that simply attach to and extend the original trailer frame can easily double the stress on the trailer frame. This is a load that the trailer was not designed for. For this trailer I calculated and used 3x3x1/4 structural tubing for the main beam.

In use with 11 ft Bigfoot camper (California desert)
In use with 11 ft Bigfoot camper (California desert)
Removable Hitch Extension
Removable Hitch Extension
Removable jack on the left, the orignal jack was removed
Removable jack on the left, the orignal jack was removed
Removable step
Removable step
Attachment to the front torsion axle
Attachment to the front torsion axle