Hitch Extender 10"

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  1. LesAshmore

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    we already have one of these fitted, really glad about it now we have a double cab instead of a kingcab
     
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    Did you buy it in the UK, I have been trying to find somewhere here that sells them.
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    We've also looked at these online but not found a UK supplier.

    We also wondered how good they were. Nice to have some feedback from chatter. :thumb:

    Al
     
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    Looks a useful bit of kit Les my first experiences in July /August resulted in cab-strike and this adaptor would have helped. As a really (!!?) sympathetic driver you would think it impossible but with a GRP. type body there is no sound --- my Nissan Navara has wrinkles where i have "hit" the 5ver Good luck its due soon isn't it? Al
     
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    Having looked at this I would think that it must put a lot more strain on the bolts securing it to the goose-neck of the trailer.

    Surely these trailers were designed to have the king pin fitted directly under the mounting plate! I wonder what the insurance implications would be in the event that, god forbid, this extender should rip away???

    Regards Pat
     
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    You can get them in the states, They use them overthere with their short (6' -8') bed pickups. Niche have them on their units because of our very very short load bed area, even my origional 5ver (1999) had one fitted.

    When niche bring units in they make sure that everything is done to be legal in the uk, proper handbrake fitted, electrics converted and the extension pin box

    Have you tried asking Calder to get one for you? GIBLA53
     
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    I would agree.
    The insurance implications would be interesting.
    Dont think the extender would come off but the strain it is putting on other areas would be worrying
    Ian
     
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    The main thing to worry about with a 5ver is not about the kingpin and extension pin but wether its built on a lippert frame, they were known for bad joins,spot welding instead of a seam and weak frames with the bedroom area parting from the main frame.
     
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    Don't know about yours Chatter but the pin box extension on our Sun Valley from Niche is different from the one Les posted a link to,on ours the whole pin box is extended not just clamped to the original pin.
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    Just had an email from Linda at stateside she thinks they will be able to supply, I am certainly thinking about it, Waiting to hear from Alex at Calder then will decide.

    Did you take picture tink ?, Cos the BIG shadow blocks most of it out. :Rofl1:

    The garden I mean :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Just seen that the Fifth wheel company now fit them as standard to all their units.
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    Sidewinder

    Les,
    When I ordered my KL26RK, I asked Alex to fit a Sidewinder, he did as he had one in stock (£600). Paul, who does most of the Calder 5er driving took it out and declared it "useless". Alex did not rate it either. I did not try it, but as I had never towed anything in my life, how could I tell? So it was taken off and their standard "extended" pin box was fitted. Calder reckoned that their pin box was only about 6" less than what was acheived by the sidewinder.
    I've had the unit nearly a year, approximately 4,000 miles with it and done a few 3 and 23 point turns, parked it on lots of pitches and so far no problems. But I still think the Sidewinder must have some advantages, but for £600 I 'd rather go for the 10" extender. However as it also raises the unit by 3.5", which tilts the 5er even farther on to the rearmost axle and I dont'd think you can drop the hitch that mutch to compensate. (other KL26RK owners will understand the last bit but probably no one else)
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    Hi Jk
    Thanks for the info, as for the extender I thought it was possible to adjust the height of the Hitch as I remember one user actually had it so low it caught the sides of the Navara bed.
    :Eeek:

    As for the sidewinder, I have read countless posts from the states and without exception they highly recommend it and it is in fact put in comparison at the side of a sliding hitch and also a hitch extender.
     
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    MAY I WISH YOU & CHRIS A
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    Awww Tink, That is SSSoooooooooooo kind of you, But I already know what you look like, I don't need a Photo.


    Thanks Mate same to you and yours.


    :thumb::wine:
     
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    Gone off the extender now as I was on a forum in US and they pointed out that the extender is only OK when in a straight line, when you turn the hitch is still close to body as it is not to the rear then, a point I missed.
    :Eeek::Doh:
     
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    Hitch Extender

    Be worth checking with Alex at Calder. They did try the electric hitch but dropped the idea very quickly. Don't know how it would affect my pretty poor reversing skills. :Blush:
    Because of the limitations of where I park up I have a mover Calder shipped in.
     

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