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Old 07-20-2018, 07:30 AM   #1
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Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


Anyone know how to tighten up the clamping mechanisms on this type?

There’s a lot of slop when starting out and stopping you can really feel it. There’s no nut to tighten like on most hitches.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


Have you tried a larger ball?
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:29 AM   #3
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Are you sure the hitch fits snugly in the receiver? I used to have jeep that the receiver was worn out and allowed a lot of play. The fix was to replace the receiver but I just shimmed it with sheet metal since I rarely pulled anything with that vehicle.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:37 AM   #4
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


Is it loose on the ball or is it loose in the brake mechanism?
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Have you tried a larger ball?
Not mine, I’m asking for someone else. I don’t even know what size ball it takes. Maybe that’s the problem, he has too small a ball. I just assumed he had the proper match up.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


Oh man....my mind was com-PLETELY somewhere else with this.

My first thought was "well he!!, I don't care if she lives in a trailer"....

but I get it now




My first thought would be wrong size ball also.

How much play are we talking about? Say, in inches? 1/4? More? Hopefully not more or he has a real risk of it just popping completely off.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:59 AM   #7
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Looks like the receiver has the multi choice sized balls, so it will be easy to find out if he is using the wrong size. Someone should probably check the receivers chassis mount bolts for the right torque.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


one of the two - or both.
worn receiver hole and pin or wrong size ball.
a closer look at the hitch also reveals some moving parts
that need to be looked into as well as all the connectors.
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I've yet to see a trailer tongue coupler that didn't have the ball size permanently stamped into it. But I don't get around much.
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Oh man....my mind was com-PLETELY somewhere else with this.

My first thought was "well he!!, I don't care if she lives in a trailer"....

but I get it now




My first thought would be wrong size ball also.

How much play are we talking about? Say, in inches? 1/4? More? Hopefully not more or he has a real risk of it just popping completely off.

Not sure, it was pretty sloppy riding in the car. I didn’t really get a chance to look at it, I barely had time to snap that picture. Owner said it was like that since new and was told it was supposed to do that because the jerking forwards engaged the trailer brakes. I told him it shouldn’t need to be jerky, just the force caused by braking should be sufficient.
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So now we are informed the trailer has a hydraulic brake system. That changes things dramatically in the diagnosis department. I'm gonna quit guessing now.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


BJ - can you post a photo of the whole trailer ??
and as Senior said: the ball size is almost
always stamped on the top of the coupler. in this case, the Ball Size
and Weight Class appears to be on the paper tag.
next thing to do is ensure the two are matched correctly.
I have never seen a coupler like that - so it is new to me.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


I haven't seen that style coupler either, but if it's like most...I would assume that lever in the front should be down when in use?....I also only assume that when he's towing it, it is, in fact, down and locked to the ball?

Good catch on the moving parts also Johnny. Didn't see those the first time around. If that pin is sliding forward/backward the entire length of that slot, I can imagine it would make quite a rattle. And I don't know what would stop it...a retaining ring like that wont "tighten down" to even slow down any sliding that would happen.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.


Just saw another interesting "note" on the hitch. "Check Fluid Level". What fluid?? Where?

Ok, so maybe (????...anyone?) brake fluid?...maybe that slide looking thing activates the brakes after-all?

(I admit, I had kind of dismissed the comment about having to slam like that to activate the brakes...I'm so ashamed )

So with no fluid to "dampen" the slide effect, maybe it would slam ahead like described.

I'm way out on a limb...I really have no idea if what I just said is even in the ballpark.
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Re: Sloppy Trailer Tongue.



and another:




here's some more info regarding the emergency brake and brake system amination, but it shows the mechanism (some of it)....might be helpful to see...??

Like I said...I, personally, am out on a limb...I'm grasping for straws
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