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    DIY hitch carrier for stand up pwcs

    Saw this in the tractor supply depot catalog and thought that it would be good to use for carrying my stand ups without a trailer.


    Very strong, solid welds, and already powdercoated. Priced at 39.99 and is available right off the shelf in the trailer section of the store.



    Pressure treated bunks and cheap carpet from Home Depot. Mounted with galvanized lag bolts/screws.



    Clears the bumper on my jeep no problem. It would not, however, with a spare tire and I cannot guarantee that this will clear the bumper on any vehicle. It's designed to fit a tool box and obviously a jet ski is wider. It depends on how far back your receiver sits. It looks like it should fit most.


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    If you really want to keep that from bouncing around, get one of these. I have one and it works like a charm. Eliminates all free play in the ball mount.

    http://www.softride.com/towing-produ..._pin_with_lock

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    DaWife wants to know how you secure the ski on there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingZiggy View Post
    DaWife wants to know how you secure the ski on there?
    Ratchet straps. I just put the ski on it in driveway for the pic. Wasn't going anywhere. You need to strap it down on the road obviously. I have two lower tow hooks on my jeep but you could ratchet the ski right to the carrier itself.

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    Drove about 50miles with it today with a Kawasaki 550 on it. Didn't bounce. Worked great. I ran ratchet straps through the bow and stern eyes and to the tabs on the sides of the hitch (where the safety chains hook to). Very happy with it. Good investment.
    I Was able to take a ski on a parkway that doesn't allow trailers.
    Its Perfect for avoiding additional tolls too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    If you really want to keep that from bouncing around, get one of these. I have one and it works like a charm. Eliminates all free play in the ball mount.

    http://www.softride.com/towing-produ..._pin_with_lock
    Ive never seen that before. looks like a great idea but Something tells me that its going to rust and seize up and become a bitch to get out.
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    Hmmm, no weight rating

    I suppose it all comes down to how well the ends of the hull are restrained/strapped down. I would worry about torquing action on the receiver on rough roads, teeter-totter action.

    Am I reading this correctly, the cross bars under the bunks are only 20 inches long?

    Material - Steel
    Product Height - 2 in.
    Product Length - 36 in.
    Product Width - 20 in.
    Receiver Hitch Size - 2 in.
    Warranty - Limited Lifetime
    Brand - Dee Zee®

    Heavy-duty steel construction
    Black powder coat inhibits rust
    Works with most storage boxes sold at Tractor Supply
    Hitch pin sold separately
    Attachment hardware for tool box or chest is included
    Designed to fit 2 in. receivers
    Limited lifetime warranty

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    Do you think you it can be modified to ad a receiver hitch.It would be cool to pull my single pwc trailer too.

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    It looks like it has a place for a hitch already

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    Quote Originally Posted by japhunter View Post
    Do you think you it can be modified to ad a receiver hitch.It would be cool to pull my single pwc trailer too.
    Beware of exceeding the strength of the vehicle receiver. Weight ratings on the vehicle hitch are calculated assuming the weight will be on a ball mount that is only a few inches behind the receiver itself.

    When you insert a long square tube into the receiver on the vehicle, you are creating a lever effect. 100 pounds of weight located 2 feet out from the receiver is not the same thing as 100 pounds 6 inches out.

    Adding another ball mount behind this box mount would add the tongue weight to the very end of the lever.

    All this can create a huge stress load on the trailer hitch attachment to the vehicle. I am sure some overbuilt hitches can handle this without concern, but just because your hitch might be rated for 350 pounds of tongue weight does not mean you can casually load 350 pounds on a rack sticking way out.

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