Swivel hitch on the trailers

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Hey Folks, Got a question for ya. Why do I see a lot of folks putting a swivel hitch on their trailers. I’ve pulled a lot of trailers and never saw the need for one – including riding the hills and hollers on an ATV pulling a trailer.

Kennelly 6 years 0 Answers 1530 views 0

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    The only reason I have one is in case the bike falls over while hooked up. Don’t want anything getting bent. I agree with you as to not needing it will towing down the road. Just an insurance policy. Imo

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    It’s not needed if you pull with a trike but I have heard people say if you’re pulling with two wheels it’s just a safety factor so the hitch doesn’t bind by chance

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    I’ve flipped a trailer, thankful for the swivel hitch or the bike would have gone over too.

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    Actually the swivel hitch handles better in the twisties if you like playing in the corners. I’ve run many miles without one and also with a swivel hitch. I can feel the difference in the corners, I ride hard into and out of corners, most don’t ride the way I do. 100,000 miles in the past 4 years, @80,000-85,000 towing tent campers and cargo trailers behind my 08 wing.\nIs a swivel needed? No. But there is a difference in feel of the trailer handling. To each his own in how you ride and your comprehension of the input of your ride.

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    Totally agree Stu Brown, each to their own. I tow with a ZX14 and I don’t stuff around in twisties either. I like the confidence I have in my trailer and tow gear.

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    I have one, not so much for handling while towing, but for peace of mind while doing parking lot maneuvers. I’ll admit to dropping my bike, while standing still/going slow. If I’d done with the trailer hitched on, I’m sure I’d have bent or broken parts, ruining my trip.

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    Thanks for the insight and input.

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    I’ll admit that sometimes I forget I have the trailer on there. And more than once the limitation of the ball has about thrown me into a ditch when I go to throw it into a corner. Should not be an issue with a trike at all. Just like towing with any rig, you just have to be mindful of what you’re doing.

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    I modified my hitch so as to have something like 70 deg. tilt I hogged it out so even if I’m in a turn i still have it. It really is for peace of mind but if you ever have to lay her way over there you go. I did see one made with an end of a tractor arm. Literally the trailer could roll over and not come undone.He just had a bolt throw it instead of the ball. and the threaded part into the tongue of the trailer. Hope that helps.

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    i’ve run a regular hitch fer quite a while but, the first time my bike decided to fall down it twisted the trailer tongue pretty good, i had to cut the end of the hitch off and block the tongue. i then made twin ends with zerk fittings and a 1 inch grade eight bolt and nuts where the twist use to be. i’ve had no problems since. i just wait till the next time the scooter decides to lay down…

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