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Master of Nothing
08-13-2013, 09:38 PM
Does anyone know who makes a front 2" hitch for the T1N? I have one on the back....but would like to get one on the front as well.

Thanks.

1cylshort
08-14-2013, 06:24 PM
Backing haywagons into the barn, are you?

Sorry, but I have no leads.

Aqua Puttana
08-14-2013, 07:00 PM
The search in the blue bar above is often a good tool.

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?p=253941#post253941

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?p=253085#post253085

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22341&highlight=front+hitch

vic

Master of Nothing
08-20-2013, 09:10 PM
Thanks Aqua Puttana. Do the NC3V's have the same frame dimensions as a T1N? I did not think so. I did locate all the above links using the search but none seem to relate to T1N's.

Thanks again if anyone knows about front hitches for T1N's Still looking for information.

Aqua Puttana
08-20-2013, 10:20 PM
I'm 99.9% that the frame rails are not the same T1N vs NCV3.

I picked 2 2500 trailer hitches 2009 and 2005. The product dimensions on Amazon indicate that they are not the same. The hitches do vary as to 2500/3500, step bumper, etc. so FWIW.

If you go ahead with the front hitch please be certain to take pictures and do a Write-up. The question does come up on occasion. vic

2009 Dodge Sprinter
Curt 13358
56 x 27 x 10 inches
http://www.amazon.com/Curt-Manufacturing-13358-Class-Receiver/dp/B001L2D7KQ

2005 Dodge Sprinter
Curt 14250
39 x 16 x 10 inches
http://www.amazon.com/Curt-Manufacturing-14250-Class-Receiver/dp/B00081PZ24/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1377036523&sr=1-1&keywords=curt+14250

photoadjuster
08-20-2013, 10:32 PM
A front hitch (if available) will have to mount to the Sprinter's frame (unibody type) the same way that a base plate attaches to mount a tow bar (used to tow the Sprinter behind a motorhome). Possibly you could buy a base plate from Roadmaster or Blue Ox and adapt it for a receiver hitch.

sailquik
08-21-2013, 12:36 AM
Mike,
What is the coiled tube in the center of your Sprinter T1N towing rig?
I see the two steel arms, and I see the electrical connection, but what is the
tube in the center?
It almost look hydraulic? Is it?
Roger

photoadjuster
08-21-2013, 09:28 PM
Roger,

The coiled tube is the air supply for the "Air Force One" (by SMI) braking system installed in the Sprinter. Used with a motorhome with air brakes, when you press the brake petal on the motorhome, air is sent through this coiled line to a control box that has a venturi. Air passing though the venturi pulls a vacuum on the Sprinter's brake booster. The control box also sends air to a very small air cylinder that presses the Sprinter's brake petal.

This setup gives the Sprinter power brakes when the engine is off.

I have towed my Sprinter for many years, with this setup, and it is the only way to ensure maximum stopping power for both vehicles.

sailquik
08-22-2013, 12:11 AM
Mike,
Thanks for the response.....sounds like a good system for towing a Sprinter!
Roger

seans
08-22-2013, 07:03 PM
Does anyone know who makes a front 2" hitch for the T1N? I have one on the back....but would like to get one on the front as well.
When I was in Southern California earlier this summer, I needed to finish the installation of a Curt hitch in the rear of the van, but did not have the bolts. I stopped by a shop in that installs hitches and talked to the owner. They fabricate every hitch in their shop and weld it to the vehicle frame. He had few no good things to say about "bolt-on" hitches and had a large pile of them in the back.

In other words, if you look around, you might be able to find a shop that will build and install a custom made hitch for you.

Google showed a place called "Express Custom Trailers Mfg" on Vancouver Island which, of course, I have no idea about their reputation, but may be able to do the job, or can at least point you in the right direction.