We went back and forth and I tried to draw a picture, and I tried to show him using a few pieces of steel as stand ins for a tow vehicle and trailer. I told him that he is right, that matters, but so does what I am saying. He kinda chuckled and that bothered me a lot.
I told him that a longer distance between the ball and rear axle of the tow vehicle causes the hitch-point to swing outwards pulling the trailer outward causing it to track better. He told me that the ball on his truck sticks out 6 inches from the bumper, and trailers track fine, as long as he takes some turns wide. I told him that the ball to bumper distance does not affect anything. Of course he did not believe me.
I asked if he has ever driven a tractor with an attachment on the back, and know how it swings outward in a turn. He said they don't do that! I then asked him why I have suck a hard time getting through the woods with the york rake on the back of the '75. He says that the rake is wider then the tractor! I told him it was not. Do you think he believed me?
We went back and forth for about 15 minutes overall and then he said the thing that finished it "I have pulled lots of trailer, and know what I am talking about." At this point, the tape measure in my hand "jumped" across the garage and I walked away. I know I should not have let it go that far, but I was already in a bad mood after he ripped apart my idea of how I was going to make the hitch. He said it was way over-built and doesn't need to be as strong as I want to make it. I told him it would match the rest of the tractor. Which by the way, he thinks is not strong enough for what I do with them.
Ok, I am done ranting now.
EDIT: I added a poll for laughs.
Edited by Ryan313, November 04, 2012 - 07:22 PM.