Pine Hitch extender support my April 1st project

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Project by HalDougherty posted 872 days ago 3411 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the free section of Craig’s List. I found this trailer listed by someone who just wanted it out of their driveway TODAY! It came with everything I’d need including a 5th wheel hitch. My only hitch was I don’t have a truck to move it. Well, some Lumberjock inspiration, some thought and a little sweat and I made a jig out of a 4” X 4” pine beam. I turned a 1” tenon on one end to fit where my trailer ball usually sits. I had to add a plywood spacer to spread the load over a larger area on my tailgate so this short 100 mile trip won’t damage the drop down cargo door on my SUV. The last photo was taken just before we started for home. I don’t have any pictures of us at home, but I will soon. Just keep waiting for updates. My last words before we hit the interstate highway were: “Hold my beer and watch this!”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 872 days ago

I think I passed you. You were the van with the smoke pouring out? Just joshin’. The real axel may be a bit low:)

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 872 days ago

I am so glad April 1st comes but once a year.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 872 days ago

I think you half killed your SUV Hal!
But a nice job & smart idea for the hitch extender support!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 872 days ago

Talk about a great combination of Rube Goldberg and Redneck. Now you know why the fifth wheel is
always in front of the rear axle. I see even the license plate as been covered to prevent self incrimination.
Thank you for sharing and giving me one more impossible thing to believe before breakfast.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 872 days ago


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 872 days ago

At first I was scratching my head and saying, WTF!!
Then I realized it’s April 1st.
It’s a good one.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 872 days ago

Hal, that is quite an inventive way of getting it home. I’d be worried about the load being that far back from the rer axle. But if it worked, you solved that problem!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 872 days ago


I’m surprised you made it 2 blocks!

You were NOT pulling that trailer… It was Pushing You!

The slightest bump looks like would have taken your SUV rear-end right into the ground!

That whole setup just scares the CRAP out of me… just LOOKING at it…

I was expecting this to be a joke… BUT, NO… It was for REAL! (??) LOL

I don’t know how you made it 100 miles!

You must have had your guardian angels working Overtime!

Glad you made it!

Now, what are you going to do with it… and how are you going to get it there?! LOL

I’m still shaking from just looking at that last picture…
(I’ve got to settle down… & relax… but, no beer to help!)

Thank you for Making it Home!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 872 days ago

Hal you are a brave man!

-- Mike

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 872 days ago


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 872 days ago

I’m not brave enough to drive an accident looking for a place to happen… I’m patient… Yep, last Fall someone sent me a link to these pictures and I’ve been saving them till April 1st! I couldn’t help myself. I can’t imagine anyone trying a stunt like this and making it work.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 872 days ago

you wild and crazy guy ,A horse would have been a nice touch Ha ha

-- Custom furniture

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 872 days ago


I wondered if that was what you were doing!

You made it look so real!

You bum… you! LOL

Glad you didn’t REALLY do it!



-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 872 days ago

I KNEW you were smarter than that! Thanks for not disappointing me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 871 days ago

I believe you could offset the weight on your rear axle by having some in-laws ride in the rear of the camper.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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