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Old 28 August 2012, 16:31   #1
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Tow hitch/drawbar

Can anyone point me in the right direction.
New boat has a unbraked trailer and it requires a new hitch.
Needs to fit a standard 50mm towball but the box section it fits over and bolts to is 75mm and biggest i can find is 60mm.
Trailer is manufactured my Escort and i think its American.
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Old 28 August 2012, 16:43   #2
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Hi Pete

You're right, Escort trailers are American. Instead of using a pressed steel coupling, why don't you bolt a cast one through the top of the box section? Something like the below pic. Also, they're a lot stronger - I imagine the Escort may be a little on the heavy side for a pressed steel coupling.


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Old 28 August 2012, 16:51   #3
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Never thought of that to be honest.
It does have a pressed steel type on at the moment which i have never seen before.
You seem to pull up a pin rather than a lever then it drops over and a VERY small catch holds it in place.Just doesnt look up to the job(Read in to this boat came off yesterday on a single carriage way and shot through the back window of my Hilux)
Would bolts running top to bottom be as good as running left to right?(If that makes sense)
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Old 28 August 2012, 17:26   #4
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This is an Escort trailer adapted to carry a Corribee yacht but as Trailer Guy has said they are easy to bolt a UK hitch to. You can just about see the one he is referring to in these pics.
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Old 28 August 2012, 17:35   #5
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Perfect Slaphead - exactly like that pic, secondopsman.

Bolts through the coupling and right the way throught the box section, with some spacers in between the box walls, for strength, would be the way to go IMO.
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Thanks Slaphead the trailer is the same as that.
Trailer guy i notice you have them on your website can you give me a price for one please drop me a Pm if prefered.
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Just don't make the mistake I made when I replaced an aeging (UK) hitch - being a US built trailer the chances are the mounting holes will be a nice round number of imperial sized units apart like the old UK stuff...

I discovered when I got home that the new hitch was metric....

That'll be why they invented standards!
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I took these pics this morning to give some more detail. If you remove the swinging hitch arm and take the bolt off you will be left with a hole with a reinforcing sleeve that is handy for bolting one of the new hitch bolts through.
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At around 1000kg, that Corribee will be well overweight on a unbraked trailer.
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