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    Pintle hitch

    Hey guys I need a Pinter hitch set up for my truck to haul the trailer I have access to that will take the weight of the 4120, loader and implements. I'd like the hitch to be rated at 12k or better. I need a class 5. 2.5 in shank hitch with 8-10 in drop to get to my trailer. Haven't had much luck was hoping someone with a newer ford or gm has run into this problem, as I'd prefer not to run a bushing in the receiver hitch.


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    You are going to spend 2-300$ for a drop hitch like you are looking for it would need to be forged and it will have a flat plate to bolt the pentle mount to the box size will be 2.5 for the rating you are looking for. why not try to find a goose? 12500 is a lot for a tag trailer.

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    eTrailer.com has a couple of 2.5" Class V pintle hitches but none with that much drop.
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    What are you towing this with?

    Pintle hitch trailers are usually designed to be hauled by big trucks- tandem axle semi tractors or dump trucks. The design usually puts the axles very near the back of the trailer which results in an extremely high tongue weight. That's not an issue of a heavy duty truck, the suspension is designed differently and the hitch is much closer to the rear axle than on a pickup. Additionally, the pintle trailers are usually pretty heavy.

    It's very, very easy to create a very unsafe load using a pintle hitch trailer behind a pickup because the tongue weight is so high, and most pintle trailers are set up for air or air over hydraulic brakes that pickups can't power. My recommendation would be to just pass on borrowing that one, there are way too many potential downsides for me to offset the use of the trailer.

    That said, I have a 2.5" receiver on my truck and haven't seen a hitch like you want. There are lots of 2.5" pintle mounts, but I haven't seen anything with that kind of drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    What are you towing this with?

    Pintle hitch trailers are usually designed to be hauled by big trucks- tandem axle semi tractors or dump trucks. The design usually puts the axles very near the back of the trailer which results in an extremely high tongue weight. That's not an issue of a heavy duty truck, the suspension is designed differently and the hitch is much closer to the rear axle than on a pickup. Additionally, the pintle trailers are usually pretty heavy.

    It's very, very easy to create a very unsafe load using a pintle hitch trailer behind a pickup because the tongue weight is so high, and most pintle trailers are set up for air or air over hydraulic brakes that pickups can't power. My recommendation would be to just pass on borrowing that one, there are way too many potential downsides for me to offset the use of the trailer.
    I see a LOT of landscape and small equipment trailers with pintle hitches on them that are rated in the 8k-12K range and come with electric brakes. They aren't uncommon by any means. Most trailer dealers give you the option of a pintle hook or a 2 5/16" ball hook-up. IMO, the pintle hook on those is probably excessive but if someone is buying one to haul a SkidSteer around with a dump truck and already has a pintle hitch on their truck, it makes sense to stick with the same setup for all their trailers.

    The only trailers I've seen that are under 15k and have air brakes are the ex-military trailers.
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    It's getting towed by a 2013 2500 hd with a 6.0. The trailers really not that heavy it's rated for 12 is dual axle with breaks. However it came set up for a pintle hitch. I got nailed when I bought my normal hitch too cost me $300 it's Machined solid block of aluminum that's fully adjustable.


    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    What are you towing this with?

    Pintle hitch trailers are usually designed to be hauled by big trucks- tandem axle semi tractors or dump trucks. The design usually puts the axles very near the back of the trailer which results in an extremely high tongue weight. That's not an issue of a heavy duty truck, the suspension is designed differently and the hitch is much closer to the rear axle than on a pickup. Additionally, the pintle trailers are usually pretty heavy.

    It's very, very easy to create a very unsafe load using a pintle hitch trailer behind a pickup because the tongue weight is so high, and most pintle trailers are set up for air or air over hydraulic brakes that pickups can't power. My recommendation would be to just pass on borrowing that one, there are way too many potential downsides for me to offset the use of the trailer.

    That said, I have a 2.5" receiver on my truck and haven't seen a hitch like you want. There are lots of 2.5" pintle mounts, but I haven't seen anything with that kind of drop.

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    How much lift is on your truck that you need 8-10" of drop ? I have a Dodge 2500 4x4, which is by no means a low sitting truck and use 3" of drop for my boat trailer and no drop for my 10k car trailer. My car trailer uses a pintle hitch.
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    I have the same truck and I use a 6" drop hitch at most. I did buy a 6" drop receiver with 2.5" shank that i use with a ball mount for my utility trailer. I think curt makes a pintle mount in 2.5" you would have to do a search to see if they make one with enough drop. Another option would be to buy an adapter and what you are looking for in a 2" shaft and weld the adapter to it so it works in your 2.5" hitch... Good luck.

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    The truck has a 4 in lift but I only have 2 in the rear to level the truck out. But then you have to factor in the tires too. The back is 3-4 in higher then stock probably.



    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    How much lift is on your truck that you need 8-10" of drop ? I have a Dodge 2500 4x4, which is by no means a low sitting truck and use 3" of drop for my boat trailer and no drop for my 10k car trailer. My car trailer uses a pintle hitch.

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    I have a Land Rover Discovery II that is lifted and has a custom off-road rear bumper with the receiver hitch dead in the middle of the bumper.. I use an 11" drop ball for towing the trailer I use to haul the 1026R to the dealer as needed (and other things). But that is light duty compared to what you guys are talking about.
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