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Old 10-27-2019, 02:18 PM
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Been towing the big boat with sons truck all summer and had the 2 5/16” ball and receiver hitch in all summer.well took the small boat out last weekend and switched the hitch out to the receiver with 2” ball. Well took the big boat out yesterday and when hooked up the boat to go fuel it up, noticed a slight clunk sound when started to pull out of the driveway,and lucky we noticed that had the receiver with 2” ball and stopped and caught that had wrong receiver on the truck for the big trailer. Coulda been a very bad deal for both the boat and my sons new tow vehicle....just glad we caught it in the driveway.

its very easy to do and am sure not the only one to do that especially if switch between different trailers....
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I feel your pain. I did the exact same thing. Changed out the slider to a 2 inch ball to tow another trailer & didn't think about it when I hooked up my boat at the time. Towed to Sandusky & stopped to pick up a spare pump impeller. Backed up a small incline & the trailer with the boat came off the truck & pulled the chains tight. About shit myself. I had towed over 40 miles up to that point. I've never done it again.
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Yup figured to put it out as a reminder, am normally pretty service minded on stuff like that but my son and I both missed it when hooked up the big boat, and figured I wasn’t the only one to do this either, feel very lucky we caught it before left the driveway
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Almost did it about a month ago, before leaving on a >800 mile tow each way....good to check these each time!
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I color code .
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I’ve never done this (yet), but have worried about it. I was thinking of changing all of my hitches to 2 5/16”. That would make it impossible to screw up.
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never did it, yet
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Or get some white paint and paint 2" on the draw bar of the 2" one and 2 5/16th" on the bigger one.
this is why when I buy a new battery I take a piece of silver duct tape and put a big "+" on with the date and stick that right next to the positive post. Prevents those expensive mistakes hooking up a battery wrong....
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I’ve never done it before , but agree to spray paint the hitch and the trailer with just a spot or more of colored paint corresponding to make sure you don’t do it again.
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Originally Posted by Mak232 View Post
Been towing the big boat with sons truck all summer and had the 2 5/16” ball and receiver hitch in all summer.well took the small boat out last weekend and switched the hitch out to the receiver with 2” ball. Well took the big boat out yesterday and when hooked up the boat to go fuel it up, noticed a slight clunk sound when started to pull out of the driveway,and lucky we noticed that had the receiver with 2” ball and stopped and caught that had wrong receiver on the truck for the big trailer. Coulda been a very bad deal for both the boat and my sons new tow vehicle....just glad we caught it in the driveway.

its very easy to do and am sure not the only one to do that especially if switch between different trailers....
We switched between a 1 7/8 for small utility trailer and 2" for the boat. I finally changed out the coupler on the utility trailer so they'd both be 2".
With my previous boat it wasn't an issue as small trailer needed a 3" drop, so it was obvious if wrong ball was on there.
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Thought my trailer had a 2" hitch for the first 6 months towing it. Towed it 4-5 times, then I discovered it was a 2-5/16 ball. Went highway speed over some very big bumps and construction highway road rumble and trailer never came off. God blessed the crap out of me those 6 months. Still held on there tight enough with a 2"
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Originally Posted by Chrisravosa36 View Post
Thought my trailer had a 2" hitch for the first 6 months towing it. Towed it 4-5 times, then I discovered it was a 2-5/16 ball. Went highway speed over some very big bumps and construction highway road rumble and trailer never came off. God blessed the crap out of me those 6 months. Still held on there tight enough with a 2"
I think u need to buy a lottery ticket. Luckiest SOB there is!
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It's kinda a bad design and no real way to make it dummy proof. I bet most people pull both 2 and 2 5/16 have made that mistake. Usually it wont come off if the hitch tensioner isnt loose.

Make a pintle hitch a standard and it solves any chance of a mistake
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I helped my father in law launch his boat one evening and he had a 2” ball on and it made the 20 mile drive from the house to the launch, then he backed down the launch and the boat popped off the ball, broke both chain hooks and the boat was headed at me full steam as I was on the dock. As the boat went by me, I grabbed the bow rope and got it tied to a cleat on the dock luckily or the trailer would have been out in 15’ of water in no time. I couldn’t believe it broke the safety chain hooks. It was a very heavy trailer and I was glad no one was at the launch that night. Now I know why he always launches at dark....shat show!
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Good practice (even if you only have one size ball) is, once you're hitched up, lower the jockey wheel until it lifts the vehicle at least an inch - that way you know it is securely on.
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Yeah we plowed a furrow in a hilly asphalt road with our trailer tongue one time during a tournament on lake Falcon on the Mexican border. My BIL was crabbing at me for not locking the hitch when he figured out he had the wrong ball on. It was funny when we looked back on it. No damage to the hitch surprisingly.

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