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Old 10-17-2021, 04:37 PM   #61
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Nice description. That front hole for the jack was an issue on mine as well. I think the welder could have gotten a socket in the spot but instead called me to ask if he could weld that portion of the jack. I was OK with that. Another difference the welder encountered is he had to weld in spacers between the new hitch and the frame. He did a nice job with that.

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I took this opportunity to install shiny new G70 chains and hooks, and G80 hammer-locks.
This is something on my list: Some questions
How did you get the old chains off?
Why hammer-locks on the forged hooks with clip that fasten to the tow vehicle?
What size of chain and hooks? 3/8, 1/2 or 5/8
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Old 10-17-2021, 07:29 PM   #62
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This is something on my list: Some questions
How did you get the old chains off?
Why hammer-locks on the forged hooks with clip that fasten to the tow vehicle?
What size of chain and hooks? 3/8, 1/2 or 5/8
I used an angle grinder and cut apart the rear-most loose links (not the ones welded to the 1/2" cross-bar) on each chain and removed the chains, leaving the welded-on links alone. I didn't like the way that the chain was attached to the cross-bar, specifically the way that the welded-on links hung down so that if the hitch failed and the chains were suddenly towing the trailer, there would be a rotational force placed on the cross-bar that would tend to twist it off where it was welded to the frame. The hammer-locks are installed on the original cross-bar, and I had the welder tack a piece of bar stock along the top of the cross-bar to keep the hammer-locks separated so they wouldn't be able to slide together toward the middle of the cross-bar. I used a padlock and small chain with one of the leftover original welded-on links to secure the propane tank cover to at least make someone work for it it they wanted to grab the tanks - they would have to cut the chain or padlock or hack the cover to pieces to get to the tanks. Plus it'll never fly off while driving.

The big fat hooks on the new chain were too big to fit through the chain hook loops on the factory hitch, so I installed hammer-locks that just stay on the tow vehicle all the time and the new hooks go through the hammer-locks.

I got the 5/16" G70 chain and hooks from Mr. Bezos:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and likewise the G80 hammer-locks:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One big motivation was to finally get rid of the "quick links" that I had "temporarily" used in the hook loops on the tow vehicle. Even the big 3/8" G30 links were only rated for a WWL of 1,980 lbs (per Grainger).
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:04 PM   #63
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When you installed the Ram coupler did you have to make any other adjustment to get the propane tank cover to fit. I recently had the same coupler installed on my 2021 19' and now the cover will not fit between the jack and the storage box.
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Old 01-14-2022, 03:46 PM   #64
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Bulldog hitch coupler

The standard hitch coupler installed by Escape Trailers has been a continuous problem for me regarding hitching up and disengaging the coupler to the hitch ball. After reading about replacing the Escape Trailer standard coupler with the Bulldog coupler, I decided to go ahead with the change. Although I have only used the new set up once (picking the trailer up after the Bulldog installation), hitching up and disengagement was so much easier than with the old coupler.
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Also EASILY releases/engages when your trailer and tow are on slightly different slopes or you have to raise one side of the trailer a lot to make it level.
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The standard hitch coupler installed by Escape Trailers has been a continuous problem for me regarding hitching up and disengaging the coupler to the hitch ball. After reading about replacing the Escape Trailer standard coupler with the Bulldog coupler, I decided to go ahead with the change. Although I have only used the new set up once (picking the trailer up after the Bulldog installation), hitching up and disengagement was so much easier than with the old coupler.
Interested in your locking for your bulldog? Pat
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Old 01-14-2022, 05:30 PM   #67
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I can see some supports in the background for weight distribution bars. When I looked at doing this in the past the Bulldog moved the coupler forward a couple of inches and had the potential to throw the dimensions for that out of spec. Is there any issues with this and a weight distribution system? Also, any issues with the jack? In case you can't tell I have both a jack and w.d. system. Thanks.
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Old 01-14-2022, 05:40 PM   #68
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I can see some supports in the background for weight distribution bars. When I looked at doing this in the past the Bulldog moved the coupler forward a couple of inches and had the potential to throw the dimensions for that out of spec. Is there any issues with this and a weight distribution system? Also, any issues with the jack? In case you can't tell I have both a jack and w.d. system. Thanks.
It's possible you'd have to relocate the mounts for the spring bars. That's because this type of coupler extends about 2 to 3 inches further forward once it's welded to the A frame than the yoke style original does. But it wouldn't be 'out of spec' - just moving the brackets forward a bit.

As for the jack, it depends on the coupler brand and where the hole is cut. The jack hole may not line up exactly with the hole on the plate that's welded to the underside of the frame. In such a case it's pretty simple to either enlarge that hole or cut off and re-weld the plate. This would be a potential issue for any jack, power or not.
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The lock seems pretty heavy duty and easy to install. Got it with the coupler from Etrailer.
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The standard hitch coupler installed by Escape Trailers has been a continuous problem for me regarding hitching up and disengaging the coupler to the hitch ball. After reading about replacing the Escape Trailer standard coupler with the Bulldog coupler, I decided to go ahead with the change. Although I have only used the new set up once (picking the trailer up after the Bulldog installation), hitching up and disengagement was so much easier than with the old coupler.

I am hoping to do this also when I receive my trailer. What lock are you using?
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:45 PM   #71
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EZ Lock Trailer Coupler Lock for 1-7/8", 2", 2-5/16" Bulldog Collar-Lok Couplers
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