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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:49 PM

I only seen one other of these (sure there is more) but I figured with the tools I have on hand, I should be able to make one. Hulk II does most all the trailer towing, and I found I am using the 38" blade more frequently, but I need to remove the sleve hitch to connect the trailer. Hence my "sleve hitch Ball" project. Tools I have are a 6" Bench grinder, small vice, 110 stick welder, and a air cut off tool. Parts used, A 1-7/8 ball, and A clevis pin. Pictures tell the rest.

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:57 PM

That's cool, Larry! I made something similar except I used the Class II receiver.
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 09:44 PM

I need to make a different ball for the DragonFly. They one it came with is great till you go up a hill then it slides out of the sleeve and the trailer takes off on its own little adventure.

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 09:57 PM

Great idea Larry. Much easier to use than the carriage head one Ryan got for his. I'll have to take a pic of my not pretty but useful trailer adapter.

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 10:02 PM

That should do the job Larry. I made a 3 point Class II receiver and several different things to slip into it. Works good but in order to use it I have to install the whole thing whereas you just have to drop in the ball. Good thinking.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 06:28 AM

I did the same as Ronnie. I have several different things to plug in to the receiver.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 07:31 AM

Nice solution :thumbs: I especially like the simplicity of quick attachment when needed :thumbs:

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 08:18 AM

This is cool. A man after my own heart. Adapt and build to suit your needs.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 06:54 PM

Thanks all, I seen this somewhere before, and after bringing Hulk II back from the show, I needed to use the 4 X 5 trailer for something, and after backing up to the trailer, DOH, sleve hitch was still on, So I had to go back and take it off. As for the welding, it will be done by a professional this weekend, as I may be toting presious cargo and don't want the weld to fail.
I should have Trailer pictures with it this weekend.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 07:43 PM

Great idea Larry. Much easier to use than the carriage head one Ryan got for his. I'll have to take a pic of my not pretty but useful trailer adapter.


OK, Finally did it. Here's my adapter.

The Ball sits up high enough so the tongue doesn't interfere with the trailer when turning. Also, a properly built pile of 2x4 scraps allow me to back up, lower the sleeve hitch, back under and raise into the hitch on the trailer. Never have to get off until I unhook.

It's a rarity that I use it, but well worth the $0 + 2 hrs I have in it.

And yes, I know my right tire is soft...

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 07:55 PM

Thanks MH81, Nice setup. I don't have anything for the "pin Hitch" but I do have the 38" Sleve hitch blade and the 4 X 5 trailer that are regulary used. I'm thinking the sleve hitch ball may even help with the dumping of rocks off the trailer by adding a little more angle.

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Posted September 26, 2012 - 06:50 AM

Here's a couple pics of my receiver adaptor:
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Posted September 26, 2012 - 08:06 PM

Thanks Kenny, Here is the final product professional welded. I'll try it out this weekend with the trailer.

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Posted September 27, 2012 - 05:03 AM

That is a very simple idea, Larry. Looks like it should work for your purpose very well!
I went the receiver route as I have several different ball mounts I can use.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 09:06 PM

I tested this out, looks like it will work well for me as I only plan to use the 4 X 5 trailer with this. I noted if the sleve is down, weight on the end of the trailer tends to lift the sleve. This will make unloading piched up rocks easier as I can angle the trailer some what now.

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