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Old 12-05-2017, 08:11 AM   #11
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Hi,

I had the Class III receiver installed to the front of the truck by a Hitch shop. It is welded and bolted to the frame rails.

Because my truck sits so high off the ground I welded up a 12" drop shank that goes into the receiver, then the motorcycle hauler slides into this and is crossed pinned like any other hitch. The drop shank I welded up also has another advantage as it moved the bike out 12" from the front of the truck. This aides air flow and also allows me to get between the bike and truck to pop the hood.

The bike does interfere with the headlight's beam some.

As for cooling issues, I have not experienced any. I have the largest 4 core radiator made that will fit my truck called a "Super-cool". Granted here in the Great North-Wet it doesn't get as hot as Arizona, but I do regularly cross a 6000ft mountain Pass while towing my TT with the bike on the front without issue.

The only downside I can see with having the bike mounted up front is that the bike gets covered in bugs.

Take care,
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:14 PM   #12
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Iím trying to figure this out and Iím looking for opinions, I have a 2012 Hideout towed with a 2017 F-250 Diesel. ...
I have a 2012 F250. I bought a hitch receiver from Amazon - the bolt holes are already in the frame. I don't sling a bike, I use it to push the trailer into sites versus backing in. It was an easy install. The link giving part number is here.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:23 AM   #13
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I have a 2012 F250. I bought a hitch receiver from Amazon - the bolt holes are already in the frame. I don't sling a bike, I use it to push the trailer into sites versus backing in. It was an easy install. The link giving part number is here.
I'll have to look for those holes, I looked last night, but perhaps not close enough. I really appreciate your input.
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:01 PM   #14
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I'll have to look for those holes, ... I really appreciate your input.
Your are welcome. That's the beauty (and a major purpose) of this forum.

If it's not pouring buckets tomorrow, I'll crawl under the truck and take a few photos and post them.

I paid something like $177 delivered, but I have seen lower prices since then.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:34 AM   #15
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As an update, I talked to a few places for installs yesterday and most were the bolt on type single post. However, I did find a really good fabricator yesterday and spoke with him in person and he's going to build a dual post carrier and dual receivers for me at a very good price. I'm still going to kick the idea around for the next few weeks and if I decide to pull the trigger I will in January (after xmas).

I'm also going to leave my bike with him and he will make it to give me the most headlight visibility through my fenders.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:34 AM   #16
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I had a heavy duty bumper with a receiver welded on the back of our 5th. I've carried 2 bicycles on it. You could click on my avatar and find the post, including pics.
I also installed a Curt front receiver on the Ram. It's a Curt that I bought through Amazon at a good discount to the Curt MSRP. No holes to drill. I did have to cut a square out of the plastic chin spoiler with a Dremel tool. I carry a bicycle on it when I use the cabover.
Here is a link to Curts' receivers. Not sure if it's your specific model. 500# tongue capacity.
https://www.curtmfg.com/part/31078
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:42 AM   #17
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I had a heavy duty bumper with a receiver welded on the back of our 5th. I've carried 2 bicycles on it. You could click on my avatar and find the post, including pics.
I also installed a Curt front receiver on the Ram. It's a Curt that I bought through Amazon at a good discount to the Curt MSRP. No holes to drill. I did have to cut a square out of the plastic chin spoiler with a Dremel tool. I carry a bicycle on it when I use the cabover.
Here is a link to Curts' receivers. Not sure if it's your specific model. 500# tongue capacity.
https://www.curtmfg.com/part/31078
What did you put on the front receiver? Weight wise
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:06 AM   #18
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One light Specialized "cross" bike. I do have an aluminum cargo carrier that I may use as well.
I would prefer it was a Honda dual sport 200, but I'm outvoted by my wife and my neurosurgeon.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:29 PM   #19
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If it's not pouring buckets tomorrow, I'll crawl under the truck and take a few photos and post them.
Captain Majestic: Unfortunately the rain came and is still with us. I'll get the photos when things dry out. Here is the link for the installation for my truck. I suspect yours is similar.
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:17 PM   #20
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A solution is purely up to you, but I have seen lots of different configurations. Many of them are depicted here: http://bfy.tw/FTSH
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