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    Small trailer with a pintle mount?

    Hello everybody!

    My buddy is looking at a nice property, and he found a decent little trailer off in a corner. He want to keep it, as it's in decent shape still. It's a 16, maybe 18 ft. wood deck, double axle trailer, high mesh sides and a reinforced (but not super heavy duty) single piece tailgate, not a droptail. The tires are dry rotted, but might hold air for a couple of hours, one has come completely off the rim. The foot has sunk into the dirt, and the axles are getting low too. There's some junky junk and an ant colony in the box. Taillights are bulbs, housing not broken. 7 pin connector, wood in tolerable shape.

    Aaaaaaaaaanyway, this smallish trailer has a pintle mount vs. ball.

    It looks to be factory, or a real good homebrew job. I can get a pintle for my little (1025) tractor and move it out, but... why is this trailer configured like it is? Never seen a setup like that on a small trailer. I guess it's an option, just not one I've ever seen before?

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    Original owner probably swapped it out or ordered it that way to be consistent with other equipment he owned. No fun making sure you always have the right receiver set-up in the truck or on the tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rw580 View Post
    Original owner probably swapped it out or ordered it that way to be consistent with other equipment he owned. No fun making sure you always have the right receiver set-up in the truck or on the tractor.
    This.

    At work (PennDOT) everything was pintle hitch including even small single axle trailers. The crew cabs and pickups all had pintle hitch inserts for the receivers. You could hook anything to anything.
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    There is a place I rent that has an old home brew trailer made from a a mobile home frame. Its a quad axle, about 14' or so. It has a lunette ring hitch on it. I wonder if the trailer in your case is similar to this one? It way have been swapped or even built from a mobile home frame.

    Also, remember that most 2" hitch balls can't take a very heavy load. What is your trailer rated? The local rental place has a 16' 10k trailer that originally had a lunette ring that they swapped for 2" ball so it would fit more trucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMMAC View Post
    I can get a pintle for my little (1025) tractor and move it out, but... why is this trailer configured like it is? Never seen a setup like that on a small trailer. I guess it's an option, just not one I've ever seen before?
    #1 yes you can get a pintle "hook" for a 2" reciever ....(no clue what you have on your tractor)

    #2 many utility company trailers are configured like this ...for pulling ...compressors....welders...multiple trailers ...etc

    it shouldnt be hard to replace the hitch on the trailer to a ball style hitch .....i have a couple of equipment trailers that a couple of bolts and i can swap between pintle and balls

    a lot of utility companies used a combo hook ...pintle/ball so they could pull both
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    I have a setup like this for my truck - just in case....

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    Reese and some others have pintle mounts for a standard receiver, so I've filed that away in case my buddy moves on this property. Pretty sure his half-ton can get up there anyway.

    Thanks to all the others who said "Yep, I've seen it!"

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