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Old 03-14-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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bulldog hitch with thumb lever

We are welding in a new hitch. The one we got is a bulldog style closure, but we could only find the one with the thumb lever thing. It seems like this might get in the way. Would the one with the raise-up lever be better? Sorry I don't know all the technical terms for these. But, those of you who know will know what I'm describing, I hope.

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Old 03-14-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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I think I know what you're talking about - the lever moves laterally instead of vertically? I've used them with no problems...what do you feel may get in the way? Can you post a photo?

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Old 03-14-2007, 09:15 PM   #3
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To make sure we are on the same page; when you use the term bulldog, I think of the split "shell" type coupler that is basically two hinged pieces that are held in place (while towing) by a large collar that slides back and forth to lock or unlock the coupler.

If you use the lever release (that rises straight up) you will be using an entirely different type coupler that depends on several parts that are located behind the ball and when engaged trap the hitch ball and secure the coupler in place.

opinion: the bulldog coupler is the most reliable and provides the most strength. It is used very often with livestock and horse trailers.
If not kept well greased it becomes difficult to slide the collar to lock and unlock. The thumb lever you mentioned helps provide a mech. advantage but it is just a part waiting to rust and provide problems with movement.

The typical lever that lift ups to unlock and down to lock has parts. They don't fail very often but do have a tension nut that many folks don't know exists until they get down on the ground and look under the coupler.
Typically it has a lower rating in towing capacity than the bulldog style.

recommendation: if you are replacing and can choose; go with the bulldog style. With or without the thumb lever? If you promise to keep it oiled and prefer to push the lever than pull on the collar (usually takes both hands wrapped around the collar and a few grunts) then use the model with the lever for the mech. advantage.

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