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Pintle Hitch?? Oh My God!!!...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Andyinchville, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Hey All,

    I just bought an older 12 ton Miller 20' Tilt top equipment trailer with pintle Hitch...When I tried towing it home using my 1993 Dodge W250 4x4 with Cummins Diesel...Lets just say around 30 mph it felt like it was going to shake the truck apart!!....What gives or is this just how a heavy equipment trailer tows (at least one with a pintle hitch)?...The hook has plenty of room around the ring so I guess this causes alot of play as opposed to a ball coupler?...Is it OK to wrap or stuff something in the eye to talk up some of the slack?.....I looked at the sidewalls on the tires and it says cold tire pressure is 115 PSI...I think I will air them down a bit to get home (8 Tires)....The trailer sits level (thanks to a huge adjustable plate on the hitch) but it pulls horribly...I did notice that the wheels are placed about dead center on the trailer....Maybe not enough tongue weight? (I will chain 2 exmark 48" walkbehinds on it tomorrow to see if that helps)....Any other ideas?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help.

  2. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Oh..By the way...The tires appear as new...plenty of tread...not cupped etc...

  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    it will tow much better with a load on it.
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    That's common for a unloaded trailer with a pintle. As YardPro said, it'll pull better with a load on it.
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    I bet those tire are not balanced. Usually nobody balances trailer tires. That would help some if you want to pull it at highway speeds.
  6. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Thanks for the help guys....just to let you know I got the trailer home safely by putting two 48" exmark walkbehinds on the front of the trailer....Turns out there wasn't enough weight on the tongue....Pulled fine afterwards altho a little heavy.

  7. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    there are many different sizes for pintle hooks. Usually based on the weight rating. double check this. There is some of your slack.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Ok is all you are going to haul with this trailer is a couple mowers??? I think you have waaaay more trailer than you need if that's the case. 1200 pounds of mowers is not going to make that trailer ride any better. It sounds like it's set up to haul tractors and back hoes. The suspension is STIFF if it's rated for 12 tons!
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I would imagine he is going to be hauling more than 2 mowers, he just strapped them down in the hope that it would smooth the bucking out some.

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