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Old 09-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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Vintage TT ball receiver

We have recently bought a 1950 24ft Spartan. It looks great pulled by our '57 Chevy Suburban!
Anyway, I have a question about the A-frame ball receiver. I do not really know how to call this part, it is the one into which the ball from the TV hitch goes.
That ball receiver on the Spartan looks very "open" on the front, it looks like modern receivers enclose the ball more and I wonder if this is an issue.
Should I change to a new piece?
If I knew how, I would put up a picture, but I do not!...
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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Does the front of the coupler swing open to go around the ball?
Might be a Bulldog hitch.

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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No, it is not a Bulldog hitch, it looks a lot like an original piece.
And now that I know how, I am going to put a couple of pictures:

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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I would have that thing replaced with a new, late model version this afternoon. It looks original, and also like it's been repaired on the front.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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You can check the lip of the locking portion,,look at it from the underside. I use those and never have had a problem in about fifteen years on several different Airstreams.
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It's called a coupler. Is that a surge brake mechanism or a tongue jack, or something else on top of it?
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The good news it that it is bolted on, not welded on. I believe that Atwood makes a bolt on hitch receiver still. Check out their web site.
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It's called a coupler. Is that a surge brake mechanism or a tongue jack, or something else on top of it?
On top of the coupler (thanks!) is the original tongue jack.
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The good news it that it is bolted on, not welded on. I believe that Atwood makes a bolt on hitch receiver still. Check out their web site.
It is good news since I do not weld. I have found some bolt-on couplers locally, they are not even expensive($25)!
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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So, why the different design? Is one kind better/easier than the other? Also, is one design better with a weight distribution hitch? I have not bought one yet but will soon.
The lip of the locking portion looks in good shape, a nice curve, without dings or cuts.
Melody Ranch, thanks, I like your answer, especially since you own a few oldies yourself!
Any other input from anyone?
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I would replace it. If it was the "hot setup" they would still be on new trailers.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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I've still got one on my '57 and it works just fine.

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #13
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The real question is, how worn is it? If it is seriously worn, you need to replace it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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I have used the same style coupler on my old 49 Manor and current 48 Mansion without issue.

Be sure to add tow chains to keep "up to code".

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I replaced all the old bolts with new. Probably documented on my Mansion Blog in Vintage Kin here if you want details.

The coupler is super beefy, look at the thickness of the metal. The tongue weight of 300-500 pouinds is nothing for this coupler.
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