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Can I safely or will it kill my Rodeo ?
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One more thing. I would quicker use a small say 4x4 trailer than a hitch haul any day. Ive considered the 4x4 harbour frieght trailer tho havent made up my mind. I only need kitchen living space because my Honda is my bedroom. I can sit up and not bump my head, lean against one wall w a pillow and read or watch a movie on my tablet.
Towing a 13 ft fiberglass tt, like a Scamp would be fine, though finding one at a price we all love can be a challenge.

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(09-05-2017, 07:19 AM)ChetLazar Wrote: They are heavy and the arm positions the weight off to one side.  Fitting it to the hitch receiver is hard for one person.

In reference to the swing away hitches - yes, they are heavy, they are sturdy and extremely well built. The design of it does NOT put the weight off to one side, it is completely balanced and heavy enough in construction that even an unbalanced load (heavy stuff all on one side) has no effect. I can swing mine, fully loaded, all the way to the 180 degree position with no sag whatsoever. They perform as designed.

Yes, it takes a bit of practice and is best done by 2 people but I have managed to install it by myself. Once it's in place though, there is no need to be taking it on and off. I have to remove mine occasionally so I can tow a cargo trailer instead of using the hitch box.
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(09-05-2017, 10:34 AM)Almost There Wrote: In reference to the swing away hitches - yes, they are heavy, they are sturdy and extremely well built. The design of it does NOT put the weight off to one side, it is completely balanced 

The cargo is balanced.  When installing the swing arm into the hitch receiver the arm is on one side.  The sliding into the 2 inch receiver is difficult as the twisting force causes great friction.  It is, like I said, hard for one person.  If you have two people, one to hold the arm and one to push into the receiver that would probably be much easier.  I don't know about that.  My experience is that it is really hard for one person.
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moondancer5 (09-05-2017)
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Chet, sounds like you're trying to do it with the hitch in the open position.

Put it in the latch/locked position and try that. I'm not saying it's not heavy, it is but I'm a 5' senior female and I've managed it with a few cuss words.... Big Grin
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(09-05-2017, 11:58 AM)Almost There Wrote: I'm not saying it's not heavy, it is but I'm a 5' senior female and I've managed it with a few cuss words.... Big Grin

Have you tried propping it up on a couple of milk crates and then make the smaller 'lift' up to the receiver hitch?

BTW they also make aluminum hitch racks...a bit lighter, and yes, a bit more money.
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moondancer5 (09-05-2017)
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(09-05-2017, 09:56 AM)simply lesa Wrote: One more thing. I would quicker use a small say 4x4 trailer than a hitch haul any day. Ive considered the 4x4 harbour frieght trailer tho havent made up my mind. I only need kitchen living space because my Honda is my bedroom. I can sit up and not bump my head, lean against one wall w a pillow and read or watch a movie on my tablet.
Towing a 13 ft fiberglass tt, like a Scamp would be fine, though finding one at a price we all love can be a challenge.

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Harbor Freight 4 x 4 trailer, are they enclosed? If not how could they be a kitchen ? Thank you for your advice.
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there are so many better options then a HF trailer. don't do it. my 2 cents. highdesertranger
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The couple w thd vw bus at RTR and Eburg had this same HF 4x4 trailer with outdoor kitchen stuff and toolbox worked fine. Its not enclosed, which leaves options. I do NOT recoment a hitch hall or swing away on this vehicle!

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(09-04-2017, 07:39 AM)moondancer5 Wrote: I have an Isuzu Rodeo and no money to change that. Interior room behind front seats is 48 inches wide x 58 inches long x 36 inches high. Not much room for myself and my 12lb dog  Willow and everything that we have in the world.  So, my question is If I use a roof top carrier and have a hitch and receiver and cargo tray and box on the rear, can the Rodeo handle that or will it be 2 much for it?  The roof top carrier, used, that I am looking at weighs 25 lbs.  I am told that my roof limit is 125 lbs, so that would leave me 100lbs of storage on the roof.  Don't know anything about the tow bar hitch thingy. But my concern is would this additional storage and weight be too much for my 6 cyl Rodeo ?

Okay, best advice I can offer is get rid of stuff. Don't try to figure out the max your car can handle; figure out the max you need to live a life.

I have a 2006 Kia Rio 4-door sedan. It's towing capacity is 2500 lbs and I have a tow received installed to pull a 4 x 8 UHaul trailer about 1500 miles with a fair bit of stuff -- okay, it was packed to the roof. It made the trip, although it did complain through a few inclines but here's the other point. I've owned that car since 2007 and I'm a fiend for good solid maintenance. Regular oil changes, transmission checks and overhauls, fluids drained and refilled on a regular basis, even replaced the timing belt but that wasn't my idea. Tires changed out as needed but rotated every 7500 miles and the air is checked religiously. And, since that time, I've eliminated 50% of what I had and have moved some things into a small storage for the day I upgrade to a van.

I would never have used another 4 cycle to pull that weight over that distance and terrain without knowing it has been tended very, very well.

How well has your Rodeo been cared for? Also remember that anything on the roof will start killing your great gas mileage immediately -- too much drag.

Now that I've spent a lot of time sounding like a naysayer -- just be smart and cautious and don't want to take everything with you; be flexible and ready to compromise and you can handle this.

Let me also add that I don't plan to stealth much myself at all. Might do an overnight once in a great while at a Walmart but I'm mostly looking at boondocking so I have a tent and the accoutrements for that lifestyle.
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