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picksbigwagon

Is Ignorance Bliss????

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Okay, had a couple guys over to help me move a piano, yeah, my back still hurts, and one guy was hooking up my boat to his truck so we could drive around to the back of the house. He looked at my hitch on my boat trailer and was wondering if it is adjustable for heighth. I was dumbfounded, not uncommon by the way, so I am posting these pictures for help....

I know I have surge brakes and they are great, but can I adjust the heighth of the hitch?

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If I loosen the silver (yes galvanized/hot dipped) bolt, can I raise the heighth of the hitch, thereby lowering the front of the trailer?

Thanks for helping me out......

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Deitz Dittrich

I could be wrong on this.. but that is a part of your trailer breaks, not anything to do with the height of the trailer and or ball.

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delcecchi

aren't there three bolts in a line? If you loosen the front one, the other two will still be there and it won't move. I think the front one does something to the piece inside that makes the brakes come on. The other two hold the coupler to the trailer. At least that is the way it looks to me.

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Valv

The front bolt is the attachement for your brake piston DO NOT touch it, it has nothing to do with your trailer fastening to frame.

If you push the ball section hard you'll see thet it pivots on the slot where bolt sits, that actuates the plunger for the brake master cylinder.

I don't understand what you are trying to do ? If you have to raise the hitch, use the jack...

If trailer sits too low or too high compared to your truck you will have to get a different drawbar to balance the height.

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picksbigwagon

Don't touch the bolt, DON'T TOUCH THE BOLT.....got it!

I was thinking if I can raise it, I could keep the same 2" drop hitch, Ignorant, like I said in the subject line.

of course I just winterized the boat, yeah it's early, but I have other chores around the house to get done before the snow flies. Thanks fella's, I bought a 4" drop hitch for my new truck, we'll have to see how it runs on the new truck.

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LwnmwnMan2

Before you use that new 4" drawbar, do this...

Measure your tongue height on the boat trailer when it's on the tongue jack at the height of how you'd like the boat to sit.

Then, measure the height of the hitch on your truck. Give 1-2" since your truck is going to settle slightly when hook up to the boat.

The difference between the height of how you want the boat to sit, and where your hitch of your truck is, that will determine what "drawbar" you need to put in the hitch.

I only say this, since if you need a different drawbar, you can return the new one before you scratch the paint on it.

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Valv

Picks....remember DON"T TOUCH the bolt.

Get your hands off of it..... grin.gifgrin.gif

Sorry if I seemed "grumpy" but I am having a tough time with a friend of mine, I didn't even see you posted this thread.

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picksbigwagon

I'm sorry to hear that Val, I hope things turn for the better for you. I wasn't going to do a thing until someone told me what it was for. Didn't think you were grumpy at all, I had absolutely no idea what it was, now I do know.

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Deitz Dittrich

Quote:

Don't touch the bolt, DON'T TOUCH THE BOLT.....got it!


LOL at Picks... so, you know you want to touch the bolt... What does Val know anyway? LMAO

Glad for once I was right... do I get a point or something?

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picksbigwagon

it is driving me a little nuts, knowing that I shouldn't touch it. Yesterday I had the sockets and the wrenches out as I was winterizing the boat, it was calling to me, that siren brake assebly bolt......

Thanks for all the help, of course, the boat is winterized and it is 80 degree's outside right now, figures

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