Bear trailer issue

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I tried lifting the tongue off the hitch by raising the trailer jack but I don’t know if that would really prove anything.

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Doesn't look like a locknut to me.. Should have a Stover/Nyloc on it, even if it has a lock washer.

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MrGiggles wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 16:46 Doesn't look like a locknut to me.. Should have a Stover/Nyloc on it, even if it has a lock washer.
Just a regular nut.

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the hammer wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 17:29
Just a regular nut.
That's probably the issue - unless it's a lock-nut or at least has a lock washer, the vibration of carting it down the road will loosen the nut and could possibly cause you to lose the trailer on a bump.

Just go with a lock-nut...solves a lot of the issues.

Note: While the boat I picked up had a lock washer on the coupler mechanism, I replaced the regular nut and lock washer with a lock-nut.

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the hammer wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 12:43 I tried lifting the tongue off the hitch by raising the trailer jack but I don’t know if that would really prove anything.
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the hammer wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 12:43 I tried lifting the tongue off the hitch by raising the trailer jack but I don’t know if that would really prove anything.

I do the same thing with the travel trailer. Just to make sure. Actually, I have to do that in order to hook up the weight distribution bars, but it seems like a good test to me.
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My coupler has a spring and a nylock lock nut. I actually have to remove the coupler from the trailer to fit the boat in the garage at an angle and be able to close the door. Does your coupler have a spring under that metal plate?
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JL8Jeff wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 10:24 My coupler has a spring and a nylock lock nut. I actually have to remove the coupler from the trailer to fit the boat in the garage at an angle and be able to close the door. Does your coupler have a spring under that metal plate?
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The metal plate under the nut has raised sides that keep the nut from backing off.
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I’m wondering if it might be to my advantage to make the hitch ball higher by 2” rather than hitch and trailer being level. I can’t help but think it may have helped.

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I don't think you would gain anything by raising the hitch. Better to keep the trailer level I think.
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LDUBS wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 12:45 I don't think you would gain anything by raising the hitch. Better to keep the trailer level I think.
Exactly...raising the hitch will make the ball/coupler connection 'off center'. More centered the connection, the less chance of it jumping off due to an incomplete closure of the latch.

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You guys are probably right, considering how close I have it to level!