Best Trailer Hitch Setup - 9 - 11Klbs

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Squizzy246B, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just got my hands on a triple axle flat bed trailer. The bed is 22' long. Its only 2 years old and has an electric brake controller. However, the owner was only using it for moving his drag car and whilst everything (axles, wheels etc) is rated for 10, 000 lbs he only had the 2" Bartlett Ball hitch which is good for about 5000 lbs. As I will eventually uprate the trailer to handle the 246B, attachments, tool boxes, fuel drum etc etc.. I thought I may as well put a decent hitch on it now.

    I see heaps around and must admit my experience on trucks and trailers is with ring feeders..no good in this case cause I'm not towing a dog trailer and ringfeeders cannot have any down force.

    I see hook and pintle, large Bartlett Balls and all sorts out there. Whats your opinion?..and recommendations...Photos of your setup please.

    Oh BTW the tow vehicle is our Mitsy 19, 000 lb dump truck.
     
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some translation seems to be in order. I'm not sure what a ringfeeder or a dog trailer is. Up on this end of the planet most trailers in the 10K lb. range have a 2 5/16" ball coupler. To be rated that high the ball has to have a 1 1/4" shank.
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pintle is nice because there isn't a ball to try to drop the hitch onto, makes for easy hookups if you're not on good, flat ground. However, pintles have alot of slop and you can feel the trailer slop around sometimes. Usually pintles aren't used until you get to about 16K GVW.
     
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with a adjustable pintle or just weld the lunnette eye on the tounge of the trailer. A pintle set up is maintenance free its easy to use I doubt you will feel any clanking and banging behind your truck. You will probably want to upgrade the electric brakes to vacuum over hydralic eventually.

    You will probably want to upgrade the jack leg to something heavier aswell something with a big wide shoe usually the jacks is made from square tubing.
     
  5. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. UNISCAPER

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You could get away with a 2 5/16" ball reciever, but honestly, you could do both with a pintle reciever and a 2 5/16 ball on the bottom end of the pintle hitch. I would go pintle.
     
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK, the dog trailer thing I get- we have those all over the place. Sometimes we call them "pup" trailers. Usually that refers to a dump trailer towed by a large dump truck. The ring feeder thing- never seen anything like it. Is it similar to a pintle hitch?
     
  9. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Down here, (when talking trailers for 2, 3 & 4 trucks) if the front axle is articulated then its a dog, if its a fixed bogey with the only articulation being on the hitch then its a "pig".

    Quick disconnect, with ring on the trailer hitch and autoconnect. I'll see if I can find a better pic. In the meantime here is something that will show how I struggle with North American terminology:

    http://www.inselfdefense.net/roadtraintext/
     
  10. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    Down here, (when talking trailers for 2, 3 & 4 axle trucks) if the front axle is articulated then its a dog, if its a fixed bogey with the only articulation being on the hitch then its a "pig".

    Quick disconnect, with ring on the trailer hitch and autoconnect. I'll see if I can find a better pic. In the meantime here is something that will show how I struggle with North American terminology:

    http://www.inselfdefense.net/roadtraintext/
     

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