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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.

##RVT1004

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Skip
5 months ago

I agree that this is a photo just to product comment simply because it couldn’t even stand the weight of a garden tractor trailer.

woodfoot
5 months ago

It won’t rattle!

Terry
5 months ago

I believe this is a joke picture that someone staged to get comments. It surprises me so many this is a hitch someone actually used. First give away is the fact it is new wood with no weathering.

Sherry
5 months ago

We once had the highway patrol drive up next to our class c pulling our towed fiat. He stayed for miles in that position with the drivers side door parallel to our tow bar. We could see everything in the rear camera and all looked fine. He never pulled us over just watched us for probably 10 miles. I wonder if he had pulled something like this over at some time in his career

Joe Allen
5 months ago

Nothing surprises me anymore!

Bob
5 months ago

I “wooden” suggest doing that!

Steve Waegerle
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Dave J
1 year 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
1 year ago

Not an issue if he has good plastic safety chains

Lago
1 year ago

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

Johnny
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Jerry

Or the paper mache one.

Richard Hughes
1 year ago

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

Engineer
1 year ago

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

Ray Shepherd
1 year ago

Is this what you call a Redneck Uhaul.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray Shepherd

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

Snayte
1 year ago

My goodness how crazy is this person!?!

It should at least be painted black. 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by Snayte
Lago
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

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

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

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

Patrick
1 year 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.

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