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Old 03-23-2015, 12:03 AM   #1
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Question Hitch Ball Play

how much give, slack, or moving should there be once the coupler is latched on the ball.?
I have a new 28'AS, and an equalizer hitch 10K lb. it was installed at the dealer. l have towed more than 30 yrs and never had this much movement of the ball inside the coupler.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:15 AM   #2
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how much give, slack, or moving should there be once the coupler is latched on the ball.?
I have a new 28'AS, and an equalizer hitch 10K lb. it was installed at the dealer. l have towed more than 30 yrs and never had this much movement of the ball inside the coupler.

Hi, none; I have had it happen twice where the ball wasn't down all of the way and coupler latch wasn't completely latched. It caused some bumping. Now, even though the latch handle goes down enough to install the lock/pin, it's not proper unless the front of the latch lever is sitting flat against the top of the coupler housing. When not latched properly, the latch lever sits up above the coupler housing only a fraction of an inch.
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Zero. My guess is you are coupled up incorrectly OR the dealer put on the wrong sized ball.
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hhitch ball

It is 2 5/16. The coupler lever goes all the way down, flat on the coupler .
I will tighten the nut before next hook up. I have another ball, it measures the same diameter,
from my old weight distributioon Reese hitch.

I never had sway problems with the Reese WD hitch and a sway bar. The Equalizer hitch has a different feel going down the road. I used a WD hitch over 25 yrs. I have had 2-- 34' TTs

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Is it stinger play when inserted into the receiver? Jim
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What do you mean stinger play?
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When the hitchhead is inserted into the receiver sometimes there is play. There is a ubracket to buy which helps to eliminate the play. This play varies depending on the hitch and tow vehicle. Jim.
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I posed this question a couple years ago.

I get about 3/16-1/4" of play on our 1999 Excella hitch with a ball inserted by itself. When I insert the ProPride, the ball is pre-mounted, same size as I tested with, there is slack.

I replaced the "coupler latch" thinking it was "worn"... Nope. Same exact feel.

I can't pull the ball out of the hitch coupler. I have even jacked the trailer and it lifts the truck stern end... But there is that movement!
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Am I correct in assuming that the correct hitch ball size for the equalizer hitch is 2 5/16". I'm in the process of ordering the 10K equalizer online & the ball is sold seperate.
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