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Old 03-31-2012, 06:19 PM   #15
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I have a Bull Dog coupler on my hay mower. It has been there for 10 years. When I am mowing the 62 acres on the farm I make a 90 degree turn to the right and then another 90 degree turn to the left. This operation occurs about every 2 minutes all day long for about 16 days a year. So in 10 years it has gone thru this operation 48,000 times. It shows no sign of significant wear. I do grease the mechanism regularly.
I can't see any reason why this ball coupler would not be a safe device on a travel trailer. It certainly has a very positive lock mechanism.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:59 PM   #16
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Likely take several hours + wait time for paint. Any competent weld shop can do this for you.

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A competent welder will do this for me. I won't do any welding that is critical. That is left to the professionals.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:50 PM   #17
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FYI, I torched off, ground off slag and remaining weld, and welded on a new stamped A-frame coupler on a boat trailer the other day. I used 1/8 6010 rod. Everything went well and it took a half hour.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:30 AM   #18
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I've had a coupler wear out on a utility trailer... just poor maintenance because I didn't care about it. Moved from a 1 7/8 to a 2 inch ball and that fixed it.

My Basecamp had a 2 inch coupler that was really nice.. very easy to tell if it was engaged. My Intl has the old-school flip latch, which I think is the crappiest design ever...

Oh well...
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:44 AM   #19
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A competent welder will do this for me. I won't do any welding that is critical. That is left to the professionals.
That call is one you have to make yourself. I don't get paid for welding, but I've welded my own boat trailer from scratch, as well as the boiler that's in that boat . Coupler are actually a low stress situation because there's so much space for welds - many inches long. If you do the math, a small fraction of the welds on the coupler will suffice to hang the Airstream in mid-air! Tricky bits are when there's very little metal thickness/area to carry the load, or if you have to do it upside down, blind and in a box like those Navy certified welders.

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Old 04-01-2012, 09:30 AM   #20
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:31 PM   #21
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Every time we drop the tongue on the ball, we then raise the jack to make sure it is engaged. Seems like this is a good practice to follow, but maybe some aren't doing this.

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Old 04-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #22
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Now you have a chance to turn it into a real Airstream by upgrading to a 2" coupler

I better add that is a joke us vintage snobs like to make, someone lacking a sense of humor will not get it. Sorry on advance.
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Real trailers take a 12k 2-5/16's ball.

(Who needs humor when oneupsmanship is a long RV tradition?)

As to welders: In this park, out of almost 90-spaces, are at least fifteen welders certified in refinery & pipeline work. I barely can keep up with the above, but the guys around here are really something as their work related conversations get going.

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Why would anyone want to tow 12,000 pounds when you can achieve the same with 4100? Not sure more weight one-ups ya
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I use a bowling ball and a custom made coupler. My ball is bigger than yours.

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You guys know it is not how big your ball is, it how you use it.
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I am SO impressed you guys had self-control for this long...
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Must be April Fools Day.

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