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Old 10-02-2009, 07:25 AM   #1
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Has anyone seen one of these?

Saw this rig when we were recently camping over in Eastern Oregon. The owner really likes the set-up, but for me the jury is still out!
http://towingdiversity.com/
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:41 AM   #2
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I have tryed for sometimenow to contact them Are thet still being made.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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Have you seen the price on those Tow Bubbies, About $5000+
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:52 AM   #4
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I believe my 2" receiver is rated at 10000 pounds. Monty is GVW 14400. So besides the tow buddy I would have to upgrade the receiver.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #5
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That would seem to put a tremendous sideways stress on the truck's receiver and frame when turning as it has to swing the whole unit to the side. May be strong enough, but I don't think it was designed for that.
Web site says the tires stay parallel to the vehicle rear tires and those tires slide when turning. In a sharp turn backing into a tight space, I can see those tires skidding a lot. And with 2500-3000 pounds sitting on it!! Just doesn't sound too practical to me.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:16 AM   #6
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This wouldn't work on my TV. I have a bumper tow rating of only 12,500. My truck bed has 15,200. I would not feel safe towing my 5er in that manner. I would also have another thing to worry about maintaining, would add more length to my rig combination, add significant cost and what about backing up?

Looks interesting, but I would need some answers, like a long test drive, before even trying this.

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Old 10-02-2009, 02:41 PM   #7
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Saw one in Florida, guy had a 5th wheel behind a 3500 drw truck, why he felt compelled to use it instead of a 5th wheel hitch is beyond me but he seemed to really like it. However, his wife was with him I am sure he would say "I blew 5 grand on this POS and it's worthless", yeah and live through the night.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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If I wanted other than a fifth wheel, I would have purchased a travel trailer. I have no desire to turn my fifth wheel into one.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:07 PM   #9
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Only benefit I can see is freeing up the bed of the truck for large toys. But again, the mechanics of it bother me.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:04 PM   #10
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I saw one where we stay in Parker Az last winter. I think the cost of one would get me out of our 5er and into a pull behind tt. Not something I would want.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:28 AM   #11
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I have seen one and didn't think much of it. Me thinks I'll stay with what I gots.

First of all most all receivers will be overloaded with any decent size 5th wheel.

The added length could be a problem.

And no matter what they say backing would be a true task.

AND if you read their guest book they haven't been available for some time. Could it be they are no longer made?
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Old 10-03-2009, 03:54 AM   #12
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Seems to be a solution for a non-existent problem. At least to me.
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:26 AM   #13
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Saw one of those for sale in a front yard on a road not far from home...I thought it was a home brew thing... My trucks bumper tow rating is not high enough. I doubt if his is?????
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:48 AM   #14
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Looks like it was designed by a Congressional committee.
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