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Old 10-08-2009, 12:45 PM   #15
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The license plate explains it all. LOL

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I see no reason for changing anything in my hitch set up. It works just fine:
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:50 PM   #16
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I see no reason for changing anything in my hitch set up. It works just fine:

Works for me, I just don't see using a good set of vise grips.
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:19 PM   #17
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Jeff,

That's a nice, tidy looking job. I wish I had your welding place nearby!

Edited to say: I had asked if you could comment on the rearward location of your safety chains, but now I realize those are hooks upon which you stow the TV ends of the chains when you're not hitched up. Clever!

Thanks for posting the info and photos

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Hey Ray

Thanks. I stumbled apon my welder here, while trying to find someone who does aluminum welds (refered by my local RV repair Center contact). As I wanted the live well hole aluminum double plate welded (on my Full Weld Modified V Crestliner Jon boat/Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Finish). Because My son and I were out duck hunting a couple years back and the livewell nut backed off while driving through the Rice/reeds. And nearly sunk us in the middle of Nov. (subzero temps). We barely made it to shore (glad we hade our rubber boots on as the water was over the sub floor and half way up our shins). Livewell is now storage compartment. Better keeping our lives than having a livewell I figured. Anyway these guys (Davtair Industries Inc.) do work mostly for the Milatary and RCMP. Very picky, which works for me. You name it they weld it (palstics/metals etc.). If your in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada or surrounding area, look them up for your welding Needs. Ask for Brian the shop manager (tell him I sent you/great guy).

Here's a pic, I know it's not an RV but someone might enjoy it (It is trailerable though lol).

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #18
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I see no reason for changing anything in my hitch set up. It works just fine:
Yep license plate does say it all. Here in Mich. it ain't broke till we can't fix it.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:00 PM   #19
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I absolutely hate the 1 7/8" ball and will never own something that has one on it...I've never understood why they still put 1 7/8" ball on anything anymore..In my opion they should phase them out....Why not make everything with 2" ball then you never worry about which ball you need..I've got 6 Trilliums and I've cut the hitch off everyone of them the very first thing and install a 2" hitch because that's what my Duckboat, Pontoon boat, and both utility trailers takes .....It just can't cost the manufactor that much difference to use a 2" hitch in lieu of a 1 7/8" hitch..When I went to buy a trailer for me and my son to haul our 4 wheeler's on I would ask the salesman what ball the trailer used if the salesman said 1 7/8" I told him no thanks and walk out ..I'll step off my soap box now and sorry for the RANT but it grips my butt.....
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:09 PM   #20
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It "grips" your butt?
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:18 PM   #21
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It "grips" your butt?
Left out the "e" I fixed it.Thanks for pointing that out I was in a tissy.....
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #22
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Nice duct tape work! My brother sent me some wildly pink "Hello Kitty" duct tape when he found out I bought my Burro - '82 cracked egg.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:52 PM   #23
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I've never understood why they still put 1 7/8" ball on anything anymore..In my opion they should phase them out....Why not make everything with 2" ball then you never worry about which ball you need..
It would be even easier if we got rid of hitch balls altogether. Pintles and lunette rings are so much easier.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #24
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Most of the 13ft trailers which I have towed have 1-7/8" hitches.
The car trailer and dolly and most of the box trailers I have towed have 2".
Amongst them are are several different heights when level.

I have a cabinet full of draw bars with different heights and hitch ball sizes. I see no difference in safety as long as you buy the good quality and use the right drawbar and ball. The shank size is the same on every one of them in my cabinet, although the buyer should be aware that the 1-7/8" Ball can be bought with a smaller shank which would have less strength even with a spacer.
Overall, with a 2" receiver, the hitch height is more important than which size matched ball/hitch set is used.The shank size being the only salient issue.

As for a pintle hitch, the disadvantages are obvious for RV use, though they are great for moving equipment around a jobsite.

So the answer is... There is really no reason to switch to a 2" hitch on a trailer which was appropriately fitted with an 1-7/8" hitch to begin with.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:35 PM   #25
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As for a pintle hitch, the disadvantages are obvious for RV use, though they are great for moving equipment around a jobsite.
I was just having fun.

I have trailers/equipment with the 1 7/8", 2", lunette/pintle, gooseneck and clevis hitches. They each have their purpose and each has its problems.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:41 PM   #26
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I was just having fun.

I have trailers/equipment with the 1 7/8", 2", lunette/pintle, gooseneck and clevis hitches. They each have their purpose and each has its problems.

I still see "NO PURPOSE" for the 1 7/8" ball...... the 2" will do everything the 1 7/8 ball will do without the hassel of having to have 2 separate hitches......
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The original poster doesnt need or use 2 separate hitches thus as others indicated no real advantage or need/reason to change it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #28
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The original poster doesnt need or use 2 separate hitches thus as others indicated no real advantage or need/reason to change it.
Since the original post was from several years ago, they probably have already made their decision. It sounded like the coupler was worn out, rusted etc. and needed changing to something new.

That said, I agree with the posters that have stated a 2" ball is a good choice for an upgrade to the 1 7/8" ball.

I was recently faced with the same decision on my EGG. The original 1 7/8" receiver was bent, rusted and basically worn out.

For me, it is the convenience or having only one ball setup on a receiver that fits the many trailers I own, all with 2" balls. I only have one TV and can't tow two trailers at the same time.

Also, I could use an A-Frame style jack which I really like, instead of the original side-frame jack which was also trashed and needing replacement, which I really dislike.

IMHO....If you have to replace, go with a 2" coupler.

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