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Old March 28th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Ok guys sorry for all the newbie questions about the trailers, but i have been looking into getting a used one obviously the cheaper the better, so with that in mind would you recommend towing your rig or maybe even 2 with a trailer that has a pintle hitch instead of a regular ball style.
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Old March 28th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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No, but I'm picky. I don't like how they "bang" when you stop and go. That said we use them at work.
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i dont like them i would convert it to a ball
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they are not to bad if you have enough weight on them, but they are enough to drive you insane other wise. i found a 12k rated 2-5/16 coupler that bolted in place of the pintle loop on the front of our equipment trailer. its 100% less annoying.
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This site might something you wanna check.
http://www.hitchanything.com/
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Old June 25th, 2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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5th wheel. large bumper pull trailers suck
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Old June 25th, 2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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My friend has a huge dent in his tailgate after a trailer popped off of the ball while loading a jeep onto a flatbed. Pintle is better in that aspect.
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I would much rather have a pintle. I have seen lots of ball hitch trailers come off but I have never seen a pintle style come off. The noise has never bothered me, I use them all the time.
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pintles do make noise but i have never had one fail.
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My experience is any trailer without much weight will be noisy. However, every pintle hitch I have used has matched the ring. I have heard the pintle/ball hitch combos have some slop and bang around. Anything more than a smaller utility trailer my vote would be pintle.
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Our 40 ton pintle hitches have a shock absorber in them to prevent the banging and lurching. Its a pretty swift setup.
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pintles do make noise but i have never had one fail.
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I would think most ball and coupler failures are user error. Forgetting to latch the coupler happens often, and I bet many trailer users have never adjusted the coupler itself. As long as you have quality components and use them properly, you shouldn't have any issues with either style connection.
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Not much help with pintle hitches but this might be a site you want to dig in:
http://www.wheelsanything.com/
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I would think most ball and coupler failures are user error. Forgetting to latch the coupler happens often, and I bet many trailer users have never adjusted the coupler itself. As long as you have quality components and use them properly, you shouldn't have any issues with either style connection.
I have seen multiple ball hitches come off that were secured correctly. I have all the stuff to build a trailer and I am putting a pintle on it.
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Most Pintle hitches have a higher strenth rating than ball hitches. Make sure whatever you do, you keep your strength rating the same or higher.
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