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Is this stupid RVer behavior or not?

Okay, what is wrong with this photo? Reader Tom Speirs spotted it and sent it along. We’re in a minor state of shock, at least at first glance. We suppose whoever concocted this setup had his or her reasons, but wouldn’t you agree that this is an accident waiting to happen if it was used to tow something on a public road or highway?

Now, there could be a logical explanation. Perhaps someone needed to tow a lightweight utility trailer around his or her farm, off road, for short distances … with little chance for any sort of serious mishap. If that’s the case, then … probably no big deal.

Still, we’d think that the minor cost of a proper hitch would be a wise investment.

But as a way to tow a travel trailer or other towable on a public road, this looks dangerous. It appears the hitch is below the bumper of a tow vehicle.

What do you think? Please leave a comment. If you can explain how this might NOT be a stupid thing, please tell us your reasoning.

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Steve Waegerle
2 months ago

This reminds me of one (of many) eventful sailing trips with my brother towing his 23-ft Aquarius sailboat. We made a pit stop just before the bridge approaching Charleston South Carolina and I got out and did my typical walk around to check out the trailer. I noticed that the trailer tongue had split up the sides and was just moments from snapping off… behind the chains! Since he and I are both quite handy, we took some u-bolts and bought a crowbar off of a guy at the gas station and bolted it underneath the tongue and wrapped it with a chain. We were able to slowly get to the marina and offload the boat and took the trailer in to get a new tongue installed.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6sJzpXcT127m8cvD7

Roy Ellithorpe
2 months ago

I think he put it there for people to bash their shins on, just like everyone else who leaves their hitch in the receiver.

Jim Prideaux
3 months ago

I don’t buy the ‘use for light duty’ explanation. Even if the wood is scrap there is still time and effort to cut it to size and drill the bolt hole. A light duty hitch is cheap and readily available, just buy one.

https://www.harborfreight.com/ball-mount-hitch-with-2-inch-drop-94902.html?cid=paid_google|||94902&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiqWHBhD2ARIsAPCDzak0B5UXAxMcP2tTL-LYpTuxFC07G3pMv3K4_aipW6acAYBFaJTaYA4aAmuXEALw_wcB

Dan
3 months ago

Wow,talk about lazy……They didn’t even carve a trailer ball,got a store bought one!

Dave J
3 months ago

OK, just guessing here. He’s got wood imediatly available, doesn’t have a proper ball mount and needs to reposition a trailer in his back yard. One would hope he’s not planning on taking anything weighting over a hundred pounds or so any further.

Steve
3 months ago

Not an issue if he has good plastic safety chains

Lago
3 months ago

It looks a lot stronger than the one I made out of paper mâché.

Johnny
3 months ago

I don’t really believe that someone made this to use! I think it was made to do exactly what it is doing, stirring the pot!!! It sure has a lot of people talking and quite a few laughing!!!!

Jerry
4 months ago

Many years ago, my dad was following a car towing a trailer up a hill. The trailer suddenly broke away from the car, and demolished my dad’s car, but fortunately he survived. Maybe the idiot was using a wooden hitch, who knows?

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

Or the paper mache one.

Richard Hughes
4 months ago

Maybe Airstream is using it to show how light their trailers are. lol

Engineer
4 months ago

There are people out there who will craft such a creation to make your head explode….

Ray Shepherd
4 months ago

Is this what you call a Redneck Uhaul.

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Ray Shepherd

No a redneck would hook the trailer using baling wire or twine.

Snayte
4 months ago

My goodness how crazy is this person!?!

It should at least be painted black. 🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by Snayte
Lago
3 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

Yea, that would make it a lot stronger and very safe.

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

If it was painted black we wouldn’t be commenting on it.

Patrick
4 months ago

Hard to say unless we know what’s being towed. No RV, I hope – the wood will crack at the step just ahead of the hitch.

Eric
4 months ago

You know your a red neck…

Jeff Craig
4 months ago

I try not to judge intentions without the full context, but, at first blush, this is very worrying. Hopefully this is only for pulling the waste tote!

Carl
4 months ago

For weight reasons, I also created a wood stinger with a hook for the sole purpose of dragging a waste tank to the dump station. Since I have a 5th Wheel, I did not want to carry 20 lbs of steel when I could utilize less than a pound and a half of wood with a steel I-bolt. We can’t assume intent when we see something like this.

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse
4 months ago

Someone having fun and getting a lot of attention

Winecracker
4 months ago

I put the the owner of this in the same “camp” with those who don’t use a tow car brake system. Perilous.

Mike Mazoway
4 months ago

The person who did this is part of a splinter group that wood never pine if it broke.

Erik
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike Mazoway

Good one Mike, I laughed