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Old 04-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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coupler adjustment or

I was returning from Challenger Door in Indiana after they repaired the galley hatch on our teardrop. I was traveling on I20 East getting sleepy I pulled off the side of the road, a bit too fast, and hit something in the high grass. The coupler popped off of the ball the tongue dug into the soft ground. One of the quick links on the safety straightened out pulling apart (made in Malaysia sold at Tractor Supply) the chain should have failed first. The other chain broke the loop on the trailer hitch. The trailer ended up on its side. Two passers by stopped to help from a marine dealer, I had already pulled it upright with a tow strap. They helped me get it hooked back up and made the comment that the coupler was too lose on the two inch ball. It had never been adjusted at the factory.
The trailer because it is aluminum frame had surprisingly little damage. It went today for repair.

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It sounds like you had too small a ball for the coupler. Maybe a 2" ball but a 2 5/16 coupler? Check the writing on the coupler to determine what size ball you need.

Or else your trailer has a really-cheap coupler.

Was this a weight-distributing hitch or a weight-carrying ball mount?

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:56 AM   #3
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2" ball 2" coupler, poor quality coupler open to debate it will be changed. However this as a cautionary tale for folks to check and adjust theirs, that is what that nut undereneath is for.
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