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Old 01-03-2016, 08:55 PM   #51
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Thanks. I'll have a look.
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:47 PM   #52
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There is a bracket made to prevent the hitch from moving. I bought this one from Northern Tools.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:56 PM   #53
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I had the storage problems also. I got tired of worrying about the chairs banging up the inside of the trailer. Where to put a generator and gas can. And like I said before I really enjoy a larger grill. The stuff is really not that heavy but bulky.
THank you very much for pointing out a undocumented factory provided solution to the same issue I had also been thinking about. I do believe our trailer has grown another line item. I do appreciate it.
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Three two inch bars. I would guess 15# each. Aluminum box 80#, gen. Lock hold down about 15#, gas can holder maybe 2#. Generator guess 60#, full tank gas 40# so less than 250# but it's a guess for now. Drove 1200 miles for hunting with no problem.
Static load is probably not a problem. Seeing the box cantilevered out as far as it is, I would be very concerned about the dynamic load. Driving over a bumpy road could cause the welds on the three receivers to be overloaded, and one will always load up more that the others. If you put an accelerometer in the box while traveling it would show the dynamic loading, and the further back it is, the worse it would be.

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Accelerometer, don't even know what one is, but you can get an app for your phone to do it.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:03 PM   #56
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An accelerometer can tell you if there was any humping in transport.
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"What is an accelerometer?
An accelerometer is an electromechanical device that will measure acceleration forces. These forces may be static, like the constant force of gravity pulling at your feet, or they could be dynamic - caused by moving or vibrating the accelerometer.

What are accelerometers useful for?
By measuring the amount of static acceleration due to gravity, you can find out the angle the device is tilted at with respect to the earth. By sensing the amount of dynamic acceleration, you can analyze the way the device is moving. At first, measuring tilt and acceleration doesn't seem all that exciting. However, engineers have come up with many ways to make really useful products with them."

My year of college physics is way too long gone for me to figure this out...
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We used to use them on train cars when shipping large transformers, like 240kV to 138kV, to see if there was any jarring or humping that might cause damage.
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Driving over a bumpy road could cause the welds on the three receivers to be overloaded, and one will always load up more that the others.
Uneven load distribution is one reason that I wouldn't use three recievers. Two mounting points (the outside ones, skipping the one in the middle) would not be an issue.

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Accelerometer, don't even know what one is, but you can get an app for your phone to do it.
That's an interesting idea - run a suitable app, leave the phone strapped down in the box for a test drive, and see how rough it is.

Modern smartphones all have accelerometers so they can detect motion, and determine which way is up; the app just monitors and records the data from them. I just spent a couple minutes looking for suitable apps in the Google Play Store, and there are several free choices which look like they would work well for this purpose.
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