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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Check your trailer hitches! Don't let this happen to you!

I broke my trailer hitch a couple weeks ago when we got ready to leave Bowling Green after the NMRA Finals.

I cranked down the jack and kept hearing some cracking and pops and when I looked down, my hitch was bent down.

As a habit I check my hitches every spring. I checked them without a loaded trailer hooked up. Had I hooked up loaded down, I might have found this in it's early stages. From now on, I will check them with a load on the hitch.
I flat got lucky it happened there and not on the highway.

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I am going to need it next year for pulling 2 T-Birds.




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I wouldn't buy a boughten hitch, build my own. 1/4 inch plate bolted through the frame with sandwhich plates and heavy wall tube. If it brakes it is my own falut not some manufacture that won't assume liability for their cheap ****.
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Wow, great catch! :shock:

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On the Hotboat forum a kat out of Cali found the same problem.



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Why not just weld it up? Add a reinforcement plate or weld some triangle pieces in there?

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hmmmm, think I'll look at mine when I get home...
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thats why I have a gooseneck ball in my truck and if I ever go bigger than the one little single car open trailer I have it's going to be a gooseneck setup.

To me pulling something like that cig boat with a bumper hitch is nuts :shock: guess thats what comes from driving class 8 trucks for the past 14 yrs
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Serously. look at the 90 dgree bend and the area cutaway for clearence. Why would you even bolt that to your truck, it pretty much screams that it may be a problem. :idea:
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