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Old 03-14-2010, 09:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I actually just got done assembling that identical trailer! Waiting for paperwork to come through so I can get a plate on it. I was surprised it only had a 1 7/8th ball but I guess it doesn't have brakes either, so its fine for less than 1 ton carrying.

I need to get a floor on it soon to start using it!

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They told me it has a 2" ball. Now I have to go look...
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They told me it has a 2" ball. Now I have to go look...
That's why I have a multi-ball w/ a tow hook on it.
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It is 2". Brucey must have a different version.
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After non-profit and employee discount, I ended up buying the hitch and getting the multi-ball receiver free. I couldn't pass up that deal... tis' nice to have friends.
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I considered the multi-ball, and even a super cheap single all welded ball receiver, but for some reason I wanted a bolt on ball I could remove/change out. This car will never have a bigger/smaller/other trailer behind it anyway...I don't think.
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Odd. Was yours from Harbor Freight too or did I miss that?

I'm also having to wait on the Certificate of Origin so I can get a plate, they had to mail it to me because I bought it out of state.

Either way, mine seems pretty sturdy for coming in a kit, I'd trust it with a 1 ton load. The only thing I felt needed improving was the coupler to the front A beam. I could almost pull the bolt heads through the plate, so I added a few washers there.

Maybe yours is improved there too.
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You have a lighter model; 1120 lbs capacity IIRC. The frames are identical but I think the axle, hubs, wheels, and tires are different; along with the 2" coupler, mine has 5 lug "55 mph" wheels and tires. I vascillated between the two but went for the heavy one cuz it was only $90 more.
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You have a lighter model; 1120 lbs capacity IIRC. The frames are identical but I think the axle, hubs, wheels, and tires are different; along with the 2" coupler, mine has 5 lug "55 mph" wheels and tires. I vascillated between the two but went for the heavy one cuz it was only $90 more.
To upgrade after purchase will cost more than $90, though, of course.

Smart decision to go w/ the heavier duty version, Frank. While it's usually a good idea to use the least you can to get the job done, I feel like the difference here could have been considered negligible, at best.

I've got a Toyota Tacoma that I'm about to cut in half and turn into a trailer, myself. I can swap the truck title for a trailer title with not too much trouble in PA, from what I hear.
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Exactly. For a while I thought, get the lighter one then upgrade the tires later. But a pair of wheels n tires alone was more than $90, then the hubs and perhaps axles and springs are still lighter. The heavier wheels don't bolt up anyway. I envisioned bent/broken axles in the middle of Nebraska at 3 a.m. and then decided to go heavy. Perhaps there is a car 5 bolt pattern that fits and someday I'll put car 13s on it.

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