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swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:05 pm



ok, I would like some opinions about the use of a swivel trailer hitch ball. im contemplating putting one on my hitch for towing my trailer down to Florida this coming summer. any thoughts? the trailer weighs around 190lbs and Im probably going to have about 300-400lbs in it, IE: tools, luggage, food, spare parts, motorcycle jack, loaded cooler and a few other odds and ends.

and with this posting, im logging off for the night. sleep well everybody.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:14 pm

I have a swivel hitch on my trailer, will pop up a link to my photobucket a bit later.

I wouldn't consider a normal hitch - but I have read reports where there is adequate movement with the fixed hitch as well.

For peace of mind - you could get someone to either lay the bike over slowly and see when the limit of movement for the fixed hitch is reached? :)

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Mh434 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:36 pm

I've seen pics of a GL1500 laid all the way over on its side, and the fixed hitch still wasn't at the end of its rotation & the trailer was still level on its wheels. For that reason, I didn't bother with the swivel hitch on mine.

There are two camps on this issue, but I've not seen definitive evidence that the swivel helps. Plus, it adds weight & complexity to the trailer that I, personally, would prefer to avoid.

YMMV...

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:50 am

Here are a few photos




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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Big Blue UK » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:08 am

Never used a swivel hitch, makes no odds for towing. The main reason for it is to keep the trailer on two wheels should your Wing take a tumble.

Something else I have never used and never will are safety cables and chains. Should the trailer break free for some reason, there is no way I would want a 330lb trailer being towed behind me by a chain or a cable. But that is just me, glad I live where it is not the law. On the other hand no matter which direction I set off, it is not long before I reach the sea, not like I can ride for hours without a bend in sight, or ride for weeks on end without turning round :D

OR one of the coolest things ever, is to ride along a road that goes THROUGH a tree WTF :D
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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:49 am

good morning and thank you all for your input on this subject. I will weigh all the comments and make a decision based on them.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:46 am

I've towed either one of my trailers for tens of thousands of miles and have never had any issues and that's with dragging my pegs on either side, rolling through hilly little two lane roads through WV, where a straight section of road is hard to find!






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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:50 am

Dusty Boots wrote:I've towed either one of my trailers for tens of thousands of miles and have never had any issues and that's with dragging my pegs on either side, rolling through hilly little two lane roads through WV, where a straight section of road is hard to find!







is the trailer in your 2nd photo one of those pop up camper trailers?

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:42 am

I did some tests and measurements and decided a swivel hitch wasn't needed on my GL1500:

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I could lay my GL1500 on its side and the trailer would still be on two wheels, with some free play still remaining on the hitch.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:49 am

WingAdmin wrote:I did some tests and measurements and decided a swivel hitch wasn't needed on my GL1500:

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I could lay my GL1500 on its side and the trailer would still be on two wheels, with some free play still remaining on the hitch.


ok, I guess i'll "leave well enough alone" and stick with my solid mounted trailer hitch ball. no sense spending money on one if its the consciences that its not necessary to have one. I've towed my trailer before including on the dragon's tail with no problems so towing it down to Florida shouldn't be a big problem, just it will take more fuel for the trip.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:11 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:
is the trailer in your 2nd photo one of those pop up camper trailers?

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Yes, it's a 2011 Aspen Sentry camper.






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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:18 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:
is the trailer in your 2nd photo one of those pop up camper trailers?

stuart.



Yes, it's a 2011 Aspen Sentry camper.


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If I could afford it, I would get one for me and the wife to go camping with. I really like them.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby FM-USA » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:53 pm

Through two personal experiences, my normal (non-swivel) hitch saved my bike from more damage by not letting it roll over.
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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby Mh434 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:57 pm

WingAdmin, it's not like I'm prejudiced or anything, but that is a BEAUTIFUL bike!!

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby CMReynolds1 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:28 pm

I had a 'friend' while I was still in GWRRA with my 82 Interstate. He was a machinist and made me a swivel hitch. Quality was awesome, probably would have cost me $300. But he gave it to me. It was perfect and the security it gave my mind was great. My trailer could do a 180 and the bike would drag it to its grave! However, when I traded in the 82 for a Suzuki Cavalcade he would not talk to me! Also, several GWRRA members were in line with him!. From that day forward, screw GWRRA!!!!!

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby spiralout » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:31 pm

CMReynolds1 wrote:PS, I have had a touch of the good stuff!

Haha, more often than not, when I post, I have too :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby FM-USA » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:56 am

After the good stuff, redng tings like tis becms nrml.
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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:43 am

Mh434 wrote:WingAdmin, it's not like I'm prejudiced or anything, but that is a BEAUTIFUL bike!!


It's the best color! :)

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby FM-USA » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:24 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Mh434 wrote:WingAdmin, it's not like I'm prejudiced or anything, but that is a BEAUTIFUL bike!!


It's the best color! :)

I indubitably second that!
There is no other color makes it stand out like that white does.

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NOT even when this color is turned on...

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:47 am

FM-USA wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
Mh434 wrote:WingAdmin, it's not like I'm prejudiced or anything, but that is a BEAUTIFUL bike!!


It's the best color! :)

I indubitably second that!
There is no other color makes it stand out like that white does.

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NOT even when this color is turned on...



LOL, can you imagine having a audio warning system saying..."a bulb is burned out" and trying to find it among all those bulbs? ROFLMAO.

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby FM-USA » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:49 am

Can one imagine adding 1/4 Lb for every light? (some more, some less)
That be a trip to know the total weight of that bike.

Hummmmm.... Is it lighter when turned on?

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:55 am

FM-USA wrote:Can one imagine adding 1/4 Lb for every light? (some more, some less)
That be a trip to know the total weight of that bike.

Hummmmm.... Is it lighter when turned on?

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LOL. can you imagine the heat that's generated by all those lights?

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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby FM-USA » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:09 am

I'm working with raw LEDs and they give off some heat, contrary to what they say.

That bike might be good for melting snow?
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Re: swivel trailer hitch ball

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:20 am

FM-USA wrote:Can one imagine adding 1/4 Lb for every light? (some more, some less)
That be a trip to know the total weight of that bike.

Hummmmm.... Is it lighter when turned on?

.


I would venture a guess about an extra 200lbs.

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