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Old 05-13-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
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Its always som something

Towed from Idaho to Yellowstone. Kept hearing an an unusual thunk. Found out that screw to ball was very loose. As an FYI add this to your checklist. Needs to be torqued w air power gun.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:02 PM   #2
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What kind of a hitch and stinger was this on? I have found that almost every nut usually found in camping can be tightened down with a breaker bar and a cheater If necessary. The “secret” if you will, is knowing the Torque setting for the bolt and nut at hand and usuing an accurate torque wrench to achieve that setting. Air impacts and Electric impacts have their place , I mostly use mine to remove nuts or to seat them in preparation for hand torquing. You are very right about checking tightness of hitch nuts on a regular basis. Always good policy.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:49 AM   #3
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I only have electric (corded and cordless) impact wrenches (not air), and I don't know if either of them can apply the 250 lb-ft required for the 1" hitch ball thread typical in Class 3 hitches, but I use them as Dave described so they don't need to go that high. Also like Dave, I have never had a problem installing these nuts with hand tools... but a long wrench is required.
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In my case the ball was loose because the lock washer had broken away. Quite a surprise.
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My solution is to leave out the lock washer and weld the nut to its bolt thread after tightening. It will not be coming off without a side grinder, but could be cut loose if necessary without damaging the hitch, and it will not be vulnerable to a lock washer failure. This would not work if I had a need for more than one size of trailer ball, but I don't.
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Welding

We used to put a spot of weld just below the lock washer and had a dedicated stinger to match truck and trailer. Changing the ball around used to be more common when there were a lot of 1 7/8 inch balls on lighter trailers. Weekly inspection on mow trailers was standard as they take a beating.
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I have drilled a hole and installed a cotter pin or installed a second nut, seems to work.
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I have drilled a hole and installed a cotter pin or installed a second nut, seems to work.
Hi: cpaharley2008... To...too...two nuts in one!!! Sounds like a gum commercial to me!!!
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Hi: cpaharley2008... To...too...two nuts in one!!! Sounds like a gum commercial to me!!!
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This would not work if I had a need for more than one size of trailer ball, but I don't.
I use two different ball sizes with two different drops needed. I carry three different ball mounts. Too much of a pain changing a ball out.

I use a 24" pipe wrench to tighten the nut, and have never had one come loose.
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