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the hammer
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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!

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If your hitch is adjusted correctly it should have some resistance when closing the lever on top. If you have to stand on it to close it it's too tight, but if it swings down easy it's too loose. I'd buy a new coupler assembly if it's not welded on the tongue, they do wear out over time.

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replace that nut with a nylon lock-nut. At least it won't loosen on its own.
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