Home Made Trailer Hitch

You don't have a big pickup to tow your 6,000 lb. gooseneck trailer. A little careful, well thought out engineering can solve your problem.

Wouldn't you love to see how the trip went? Good chance he ended up doing some unintended off roading somewhere.

She's hitched up and ready to roll! Amazing how the extra weight smoothes out the ride. Needed to air up the rear tires a bit ('bout 160 psi).

Added some super heavy-duty chain for extra support on the tailgate, (note the 'Heavy-Duty 'S' hooks to attach the chain) Also paid-up for some BIG Number 5/16 sheet metal screws to attach the Reese hitch frame to the tailgate. Likely two more through the carpet into the floor pan inside. Yep, probably overkill, but didn't want the possibility of having an axerdent.

Most of the time was spent on the front porch whittling down that MASSIVE solid pine 4x4 to fit precisely down into the hole in the ball mount receiver.

Note also - The 14''x14'' piece of 3/8'' plywood on the underside of the tailgate to distribute the load more evenly and beef up that tailgate support.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.


  1. is that even DOT approved?

  2. Yeah it means dumbass on tires!

  3. I was wondering about getting a trailer hitch in Mississauga that actually is safe. Thank you for the interesting post.