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Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby capnTelescope » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:06 am

:question: I've got about a quarter inch of vertical play when the hitch is on the TV ball. Is that good, bad or indifferent?

There is an adjustment.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby aggie79 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:23 am

Cap'n,
I snug down the adjustment so there is minimal detectable slack. I used to go beyond that to no slack but found that sometimes I couldn't latch the coupler later on for some reason. I do use a dab of all purpose grease in the ball even though it is messy. Also, I found that the stamped steel couplers take a little use to "seat" which opens up the clearances and causes a need to readjust.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby halfdome, Danny » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:26 am

Check to see if your ball and coupler are indeed the same size, been there done that. :lol:
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby capnTelescope » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:05 pm

Thanks Danny & Tom.

halfdome, Danny wrote:Check to see if your ball and coupler are indeed the same size, been there done that. :lol:
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Apparently this is a common mistake. Excellent point, but no cigar. :thumbsup: Read on.

aggie79 wrote:I used to go beyond that to no slack but found that sometimes I couldn't latch the coupler later on for some reason.

I had the same problem on the first few hookups. So I loosened up.

aggie79 wrote: Also, I found that the stamped steel couplers take a little use to "seat" which opens up the clearances and causes a need to readjust.

I suspected the same thing was going on with my coupler after running around town getting weighed, etc. By that time I'd already made the adjustment and didn't know what to expect. :?

aggie79 wrote:I do use a dab of all purpose grease in the ball even though it is messy.

A good practice, I think. Just wipe off the ball when you're done towing. :thumbsup: Try not to wipe it on your pants. :oops:

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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby lrrowe » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:21 pm

I just made the stupid mistake of using my 2" ball on my 2 5/8" CT last week. Very dumb and sloppy checking on my part. I am luckly nothing bad happened. Now I know why I kept hearing clunking sounds coming from the trailer. And I have been pulling trailers for over 50 years.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby halfdome, Danny » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:35 am

I use something like this to keep the rattles down to a minimum so if something was wrong I'd know it.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby Nobody » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:40 am

lrrowe wrote:I just made the stupid mistake of using my 2" ball on my 2 5/8" CT last week. Very dumb and sloppy checking on my part. I am luckly nothing bad happened. Now I know why I kept hearing clunking sounds coming from the trailer. And I have been pulling trailers for over 50 years.


Think maybe you meant to say 2 5/16" ball/coupler. Don't believe I've ever seen a 2 5/8" ball, at least in the USA??
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby lrrowe » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:57 am

Nobody wrote:
lrrowe wrote:I just made the stupid mistake of using my 2" ball on my 2 5/8" CT last week. Very dumb and sloppy checking on my part. I am luckly nothing bad happened. Now I know why I kept hearing clunking sounds coming from the trailer. And I have been pulling trailers for over 50 years.


Think maybe you meant to say 2 5/16" ball/coupler. Don't believe I've ever seen a 2 5/8" ball, at least in the USA??


Yep....I was just testing. Thanks.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby capnTelescope » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:50 pm

Nobody wrote:Think maybe you meant to say 2 5/16" ball/coupler. Don't believe I've ever seen a 2 5/8" ball, at least in the USA??

Some of us just didn't know better. :roll:
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby Treeview » Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:02 pm

A 2" hitch on an 1 7/8" ball will work...until a big bump!

My Kamparoo has 1 7/8" and my utility trailer 2".

I painted 1 7/8" the receiver and hitch white to avoid confusion.

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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby Alan_H » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:42 pm

Bring it up to snug, but not overly tight. Also, always use a coupler pin on the trailer latch to keep it from opening.

Too much slack can lead to very bad results. Also, too much slack, or too tight of a connection leads to accelerated wear as well.

We build our own to save some $$'s but they still are a valuable investment. Might as well not take chances when towing them to our favorite camping spots.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby lrrowe » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:24 pm

Treeview wrote:A 2" hitch on an 1 7/8" ball will work...until a big bump!

My Kamparoo has 1 7/8" and my utility trailer 2".

I painted 1 7/8" the receiver and hitch white to avoid confusion.

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I like the painting idea. Thanks
But then again, I think I will replace the 3 sizes HF hitch with a higher quality single size one. With paint and a more conscious effort to pick out the right hitch could be safer in the long run. I never was really that comfortable with the HF anyway.
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby capnTelescope » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:14 pm

Alan_H wrote:Bring it up to snug, but not overly tight. Also, always use a coupler pin on the trailer latch to keep it from opening.

That pretty well covers the bases. :thumbsup: I guess "overly tight" would be where you have a hard time closing the latch.

Treeview wrote:I painted 1 7/8" the receiver and hitch white to avoid confusion.

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lrrowe wrote:I like the painting idea. Thanks

+1, and I only have one size to worry about. I will try to keep it that way. :thumbsup:
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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby Dale M. » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:05 am

Two things in life I wish they had standardized ... One is one size only for hitch/trailer ball... And other is quick disconnect/connect air chucks for air pressure systems...

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Re: Vertical Play at the hitch and ball

Postby Treeview » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:26 am

When I extend the tongue on my Kamaproo it will have a 2" hitch.

I like common things too.

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