How To Fix a Poorly Fitted Trailer Coupler in Minutes
by Bob Stearns The fit between the ball hitch and the trailer coupler should be tight enough to prevent a...
by Bob Stearns
The fit between the ball hitch and the trailer coupler should be tight enough to prevent a disastrous decoupling while on the road, but not so snug that the trailer will have trouble making turns. Here’s how to achieve the perfect fit in just a few minutes.
Uncouple the trailer and insert a spare ball into the coupler (a). Close the coupler latch lever. If the fit is too loose, remove the ball, and tighten the spring-loaded nut (b) on the underside of the coupler.
Reinsert the ball and check the fit. Repeat the latter part of Step 1 until you get a fit that is snug but not so tight that you cannot move the ball by hand with reasonable effort. Rehitch the trailer.
From the April 2012 issue of Field & Stream magazine.