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    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    Trailer question

    Can a weight distribution hitch kit be used with a pintle hitch setup? The weight distribution hitch kits I've seen are for ball type hityches.

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    Derek

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    Just offhand, Derek, I can't think of a good reason such couldn't be built, but I've never seen one if they exist.

    Bird

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    Default Re: Pintle Hitch

    I seen quite a few different styles of hitches, but never have seen a pintle with bars and like Bird already has stated not that there isn't one out there already.

    Guess you could custom make a head that would accept the hook and bars on the same head.

    Gordon


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    I've done it, but it wasn't easy. You haveto cut apart one of the forgings that they make for ball hitches, and weld it onto the hitch plate in a slightly different position than it will be for a ball cause you need an extra chain link or 2 to accomodate the chucking between the hook and the eye. This wouldn't be a problem if you padded the eye to eliminate the chucking.



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    Default Re: Pintle Hitch

    I was just wondering. The more I talk to people about pintle hitches say that for "small" trailers, 10k to 12k pound, the lossness is very noticable and can at times give quite a jolt. I don't need the distribution hitch on my chevy one ton dump truck, but the rating tag on the Chevy 2500HD says you need it for anything over 7.5K pounds. Will most likely go with the ball type setup.


    Thanks-> Bird, Gordon, & Frank for the help.



    Derek

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    Personally, I think that's a wise decision, Derek.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img] I don't like any looseness or jolts in a hitch. On my first trip to Alaska, pulling a 25' travel trailer, at one stop for gas way up in Canada, when I stopped, I told my wife, "Somethin' ain't right" because I felt a tiny jolt as I stopped. Sure enough the nut had backed off a bit on the ball. No damage or harm, but you can bet I've gotten them all good and tight ever since.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Pintle Hitch

    Derek, you looking for something like this?

    Oops, almost forgot, check out..

    http://www.ssbtractor.com/multi_hitch.html

    Keep the greasy side down
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    Default Re: Pintle Hitch

    Derek, here is a link to Reese. http://www.reeseprod.com/ In my opinion they are the top of the line hands down.

    One thing to consider when going with a bar setup, or to keep in mind is tounge weight. This can change with the way the tractor and any other implements are loaded on the trailer. So at times you may have to pull more links than others. What that means is the amount of tension put on the bars by changing the chain length on the tounge of the trailer.

    With a proper hitch hookup both the truck and the trailer are perfectly level. Sometimes this can be hard to master. Measure the trailer level and then you will have your ball height for the truck. Then once tractor is loaded just pull links until the trailer and the truck are perfectly level.

    Any other questions just ask.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    good luck
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    Gordon, I'd never looked at Reese's web site before; not bad. Although I've had some others that I was happy with, I was always kinda partial to Reese; not sure whether it was because they were better or just because that was the first brand I ever used in a load distributing hitch. I used to adjust the hitches by standing a yardstick at the front and rear bumpers of the tow car before hooking up, and then pull enough links to lower both front and rear bumpers an equal amount.

    However, I do not like the Reese dual cam sway control; much prefer the adjustable friction sway control.

    Bird

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    Default Re: Pintle Hitch

    gordon
    Just had your attachment photo in my hands yesterday at Quality Farm and Fleet[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].Didn't really need it(only cuz wifie was standing right there!)I wanted it, she would of bought it, did I mention not needing it? I agree, Reese makes some great stuff.
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