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Old 08-17-2021, 02:33 PM   #43
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I've seen all kinds of answers here, use it, junk it, only for lightweight, and more. This is what I have to say on the subject: use what you are comfortable using as long as it is safe. Safe has two definitions in a situation like this, what is actually safe and what you perceive as safe. You do not perceive this as safe, or you would not have posted the question. You are seeking the "opinions" of others because of this doubt. If for any reason you are not 100 percent confident in it for the use you intend, do not use it. There will always be that doubt in the back of your mind if you do use it.

I personally would not use that setup for anything heavier than a medium utility trailer, and only locally. Listening to that thing clack and clang and clatter at every braking, acceleration, and bump in the road would make me absolutely batshit crazy on a long drive. I would buy a drop hitch that would raise the ball to the appropriate height, a good ball, and a decent padlock. That way when the trailer is stored I just take the knee-knocker out, clamp it in the hitch, and lock it in...poor man's hitch lock, and and you don't have to look for the correct stinger when you go to use the trailer. I also put a weld bead under the nut on the ball making it pretty permanent, the ball can still be tightened if needed, but not removed. Never weld the ball to the stinger, the metal can crystalize and weaken the hitch.





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Old 08-17-2021, 03:09 PM   #44
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How much did your trailer cost? Now, how much would a good one piece drop hitch of the proper size cost? I think maybe you're being penny-wise and pounds foolish. In other words a new drop hitch would be very cheap insurance compared to the price of your trailer.
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Don't recall anyone responding here with news of a failure with any hitch of any type. Wouldn't the OP be better served by actual reports of what has failed rather than a flurry of rather robust opinions by those who swear their own equipment is superior to all else?
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Old 08-18-2021, 08:58 AM   #46
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Hi,

I have a somewhat unconventional set up for my hitch. Please give a look and let me know if there will be any type of problem using the way I have it. I will show you in photos how it looks normally and what I have done with it, but basically I've turned everything upside down. You'll see what I mean. Thanks for any info.



What is it you plan to tow?
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I will only be towing a 5x10 utility trailer loaded with camping supplies and an 1100 Honda Shadow trike. I do plan on going long distances not just local, but will be traveling only a couple times a month.
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Save your beer money for a week and just spring for the proper and safe hitch.
If not for yourself then for the other folks on the road.

They will likely have as much fun dodging your stuff as you will it separating from your truck.
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Don't recall anyone responding here with news of a failure with any hitch of any type. Wouldn't the OP be better served by actual reports of what has failed rather than a flurry of rather robust opinions by those who swear their own equipment is superior to all else?

Thus is the result of asking for opinions.
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I assume you went this route because the bumper interferes with a standard ball mount?
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I assume you went this route because the bumper interferes with a standard ball mount?

Trying to make use of what is on hand and that is what could be put together.
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The bottom line is: know the capacity of the components used, know the payload and the tow capacity of the TV and know the axel weight capacities. Check tire PSI's and the tire sidewall data. In the interest of safety leave nothing to chance!
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