Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lbs

Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lbs

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Use with actuators or standard couplers to create a foldaway tongue up to 48" long so that your trailer can be stored in even the smallest garage. Weld-on mounting creates a clean look, and the unique offset design guarantees superior performance. Call 800-298-8924 to order Fulton folding tongue part number FHDPW230300 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Fulton products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lbs. Folding Tongue reviews from real customers.
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Fulton Folding Tongue - FHDPW230300

  • Coupler Hinge Kit
  • 2 x 3 Inch Tongue
  • Fulton
  • 48 Inch Fold-Away Tongue
  • Weld-On
  • 5000 lbs GTW

Use with actuators or standard couplers to create a foldaway tongue up to 48" long so that your trailer can be stored in even the smallest garage. Weld-on mounting creates a clean look, and the unique offset design guarantees superior performance.


Features:

  • Hinge kit lets you create up to a 48" foldaway tongue for your trailer
    • Designed to be used with actuators or standard couplers
  • Weld-on installation
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Raw finish
  • Pivot bolt and pivot pin and clip included
  • Not for use on aluminum trailer frames


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 3" trailer tongue
    • Trailer tongue material thickness must be between.188" and.120"
  • Capacity: up to 5,000 lbs (see table)
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Use the table below to determine your maximum pivot length based on your trailer capacity. Pivot length is the measurement from the center line of the coupler ball to the farthest pivot hole.

Pivot

Hinge Kit Maximum Pivot Table

HDPW230300 Fulton High Performance Weld-On, Fold-Away Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Trailer Tongue



FHDPW230300 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details FHDPW230300 Installation instructions


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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Fulton Folding Tongue - Coupler Hinge Kit - FHDPW230300 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Trailer Tongue. This hinge kit lets you create up to a 48" foldaway tongue for your trailer. It is designed to be used with actuators or standard couplers. Ultimately, it's going to help save some space. A lot of customers like to use this, that way they can create a pivot point on their tongue and easily or much easier fit into a storage area or their garage. It's a weld on installation. It's made from a sturdy steel construction with a nice raw finish.

No prep work is needed when you're ready to weld it. The pivot bolt, which is this bolt right here, that will need to be tightened done. It comes with a lock nut for the other side. That's included as well as the pivot clip on this side. When you're ready to pivot, take that out, and then you can pivot the unit. This is not for use on aluminum trailer frames.

It is designed for a 2" wide by 3" tall trailer tongue. The trailer tongue material thickness must be between .188" and .120". Capacity is up to 5,000lbs. Now the capacity depends on the pivot length. To install the hinge, you would simply cut the tongue at the point at which you want it to pivot and then slide the two sides of the hinges over the newly cut ends.

Simple, remove the bolt, place one end on one half of the cut tongue, other end on the other half, and then you'll need to weld them on. They're going to slide on about 3" on each side. To determine the maximum length for your particular trailer, I do recommend taking a look at the chart on the product page for this hinge kit. The hinge kit part number is FHDPW230300. That's easily accessible here at etrailer.com. This hinge kit again would secure by welding around the entire mounting point, but once that's installed, you can simply pivot.

It's really nice design. Again, nice durable steel construction with a raw finish. Detailed installation instructions and an owner's manual is also included with the product. That's going to do it for today's look at the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit.


Customer Reviews

Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lbs - FHDPW230300

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (508 Customer Reviews)

Use with actuators or standard couplers to create a foldaway tongue up to 48" long so that your trailer can be stored in even the smallest garage. Weld-on mounting creates a clean look, and the unique offset design guarantees superior performance.

- FHDPW230300
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Very easy to install, I bought my boat in 1990, I wish I had installed the unit 20 years ago. My 16 year old son installed it in about 30-45 minutes. Great product, I can now store my boat in our smaller size garage with room to spare, 5-***** 367666



- FHDPW230300
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Instuctions shows to mount and weld it with the four small pinning lobes on the swing away tongue part rather then the aft trailer tongue. The safety sticker shows it's installed with the two large pinning lobes on the swing away arm. I installed mine to follow the safety sticker rather than the instructions. My hole towing load will be under 1000lbs so I wouldn't think it would matter either way due to the 4 ft swing away is rated 2600 lbs. I can't see any reason why it would change the towing load being mounted either way. Otherwise really happy with the pruduct. 672389



- FHDPW230300
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nice part. 413554



- FHDPW230300
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The product is very useful now I can fold my trailer put in the garage 383272



- FHDPW230300
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I HAVE BEEN WELDING FOR FOURTY YEARS. THIS IS ONE WELL MADE ADAPTER. GOOD PRICE ALSO. 321647



- FHDPW230300
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Well constructed product and directions 315671


Comments

Very well designed and constructed product. Extremely happy.

Howard - 11/10/2017

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- FHDPW230300
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The Fold-Away coupler Hinge worked great on my boat trailer. In a matter of minutes, it was welded on and now my trailer fits perfect in the garage. Ordering service was easy, fast and efficient, receiving my order within 3 business days of placing it. 175974



- FHDPW230300
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Very good service. I received my tonge in 2 days from the date I order it. 163324



- FHDPW230300
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I just had the hinge installed. From what I can tell it will allow me to use a smaller garage freeing up my other larger garage. To me it's all about quality and functionally. Both appear to come with this hinge. 69287



- FHDPW230300
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Excellent value, product very high quality, great shipping and follow up! 61608



- FHDPW230300
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I bought the 2x3 weld on tongue hinge for my boat trailer 2 weeks ago as my boat trailer was about 6 inches too long for my garage. I ordered on Wednesday by regular shipping and received it on Friday. The service was great and the price was the best I could find. 22253



- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Very heavy bulit case piece. Good service from vender. 291919



- FHDPB350101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


The Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit Folding Tongue which I purchased for my pontoon boat trailer was recommended by a local trailer supplier. My trailer tongue was three feet too long to fit into the storage unit I used for the trailer and I needed a way to shorten the trailer without making major changes. The Hinge Kit was the answer and the only difficult part was cutting the steel trailer tongue so that I could attach the hinge. I was very impressed with the kit and the way the instructions led me step by step with the installation. The job took about four hours and the finished product allowed me to fold back the tongue once the trailer was in the storage unit without any difficulty. 693140



- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This is a great product! Very well made, easy to install, and the convenience of folding the tongue out of the way is by far it’s greatest selling point. The hinge was designed to be stronger than the tube itself, and it truly is. I have absolutely no fear of it failing. My only regret is that I don’t own the patent on this product. 572113


Comments

It’s working just as it was designed to flawlessly. Couldn’t be more pleased.

FRANK S - 10/07/2019

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- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Placed the order on Monday and items arrived on Friday. It took approx 3 hours for install to my boat trailer. Now I can walk around the garage. Item is look very good. The price is very good compare with the local store. Shipping is free. 332746



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


The trailer tongue hinge was as advertised and welded onto my boat trailer very easily. It has provided a means to have more space in my garage. I would highly recommend the great quality for anyone looking for a hinge on their trailer. 591137



- FHDPW340300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This is a great product! What a difference in space savings! I should have found this sooner. 154196



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Fantastic product. It made my boat trailor a lot smaller to get it in storage. Heavy duty item. Easy to work with. Had it welded on(smart move). Worth every cent. Great service, fair price, very happy! Will use them again for other trailor items 518084



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Welded on clean. Seems quality. Definitely makes rattling noise going down the road. Might have to dampen with a thin piece of rubber between the two pieces that join. 498025



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I've had the folding tongue for a year now and appreciate it more every time I need to get into my limited storage space. I got the weld on unit and it was my first significant mig welder task. I had no trouble at all. It pivots smoothly into position when needed, then tucks back out of the way when I'm done. The only issue I had with it was figuring out the proper length of safety chain ) since it has to go behind the folding portion, and how best to attach the chain so it doesn't drag. A bit of trial and error solved that, though I wish this unit came with points of attachment for the chains 561517



- FHDPW350300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This folding tongue worked perfectly for our boat trailer. We were unable to park it in the garage until we installed the folding tongue . It is of a very good quality and the price was great. 421976



- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I have a pontoon boat, I have had a problem launching my boat, having to put the tow vehicle to far out in the water, I was looking for a way to extend my trailer tongue a couple of feet, I saw an ad for the Fulton coupler, I ordered a unit from etrailer, free shipping and delivered on time, plus was surprised to see the quality construction of the product, would recommend the product and the service of this company. Lonnie S. 359347


Comments

thanks for the inquiry, very satisfied with the product, and service from the friendly etrailer staff.

Lonnie S - 03/27/2018

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- FHDPW340300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Very easy Saturday afternoon project. I welded it up with 3/32" 7018 and I am very pleased with the fitment and end result. 523549



- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


My son purchased this product which I installed on my EZ Loader trailer. Took a few hours but I like a project. Its been great, allowing me to easily park my boat in the garage with room to spare. Just wish I had installed it earlier. When I installed, I also replaced my brakes (the entire brake plate, etc), bled the brake line and installed the flex line needed for the swing. Got all the accessories from etrailer. Great service and just recently ordered some lights as well. 521277



- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This hinge was exactly what I was looking for. My boat would not fit in the garage straight in or even at a shallow enough angle to park a car next to it. After a couple of hours of labor(FUN). The boat fits nicely on its side of the garage. I like projects that are rewarding once completed. The hinge is beautiful, and looks like it belongs on the trailer. The quality of materials was remarkable, and the fit was perfect. I have no concerns with this product failing whatsoever. Be careful not to cut your trailer wiring when sawing through the tongue. I needed a new plug on that end anyways, so no heartache here. I have read another review that stated this hinge was not sturdy and rattled. The only explanation I could see with the reason for that is not installing the rubber stoppers on the hinge per the instructions. The fit after installing the rubber was snug. It takes a little effort to close the hinge with the rubber stoppers installed and results in a tight connection. The picture of the product on this website shows the nuts on the top and bottom (outside) of the hinge, in the instructions it has you install them the other way, which leads to a cleaner looking end product. I will tell everyone I know that owns a boat about this product. 20770



- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This is without a doubt, and amazing product. I was more than hesitant to buy it. The idea of cutting off my trailer tongue and putting in what appeared to be a small hinge scared me to death. I had to cut the tongue to fit it into my condo garage, so I did go ahead an buy the Franklin tongue kit. After it came, I saw it and installed it on the tongue. It worked great and does exactly what it was designed to do. I am very happy with it's ease of use, the way does hold the trailer tongue solid, and it has no effect on towing. It is a nice tight strong connection. 324775


Comments

It was a great buy. First I doubted if it would actually work, but. It works awesome!!!!! No problem flipping it in place and hooking up.

BobS - 12/14/2017

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- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I was very nervous about cutting off my trailer tongues, but my new home had CC&Rs and they had to fit in the garage. I was so impressed with not only how sturdy this is, but the fit was perfect and it even included a special punch to ensure the drill hit the center of the mount holes. This was a great buy... X 2. 400501


Comments

This message is timely since I have a related question. I bought two of these from you. One was to repair a snowmobile trailer that the tongue had snapped on. I cut out the bad piece and installed the hinge and it works great. I really appreciated the fitted punch they included to ensure the holes drilled lined up perfectly with the holes in the hinge. The second one went on my boat trailer when I bought a home where I had to keep the boat inside the garage and it also works great. Problem is, this trailer had a hydraulic surge brake coulple and in cutting off the tongue, we cut right through the tubing. In any case, it would not have worked because the rigid tubing would not have worked with the hinge. I’d like to get the brakes working again. Do you have a solution for that?

Doug - 07/02/2018

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Thanks for the follow up and reply. You could use a flexible brake line hose at the hinge point for the folding tongue. I have have included a link to the current offerings that we have for flexible brake line components for your reference. You would need to select a flexible line that is compatible with your existing brake line diameter.

-- Rachael H - 7/3/2018


- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I needed to replace the front 2' of my trailer. The whole trailer is a custom welded design to match my boats hull so I couldn't just replace the forward section like other bolt together trailers. I also chose to buy this hinge so I would be able to make modifications in the future. I am NOT disappointed! It has a very heavy construction and a perfect fit. My last hinge froze solid from the salt water so I coated all of the bolts, pins and articulating points with graphite. I plan to fold it periodically to try and prevent this one from freezing up as well. 296024



- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I recieved the coupler last night and install it today. It was top quility and every thing I needed came with it. It is going to save me a lot of money in storage bacause the boat will fit were it couldn't before. 8202



- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


The directions were very good and easy to fallow. I got all the tools ready per the directions and quickly got each step done. The only thing I have left to do is lengthen and remount the safety chains. 547034



- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I keep my boat in the garage which made for a tight fit to get into the house. I came across the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit. - ordered it and installed it this weekend. The installation was much easier than I expected. Great communication from the folks at etrailer.com Now the boat fits with more space to move around in the garage. My wife is happy - so I am happy! Great product! Photo attached - I just have to move the chains so they connect behind the coupler. 103680



- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Great product. Very fast delivery. 370241



- FHDPB340301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I purchase items on the internet frequently. I would say that etrailer should be rated one of the highest rated websites. The product purchased was high quality, clear instructions that made the installation easy, on time delivery and, of course, the product was exactly as described on etrailer website. The trailer now fit in my garage. 253537


Comments

The product has worked out great. Several friends commented and may have ordered one for themselves.

Victor - 06/02/2017

24485

- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This product was exactly what I needed to fulfill three objectives: 1) I needed to lengthen the tongue of my trailer and yet fit the trailer and boat in my garage too. 2) The longer tongue allows me to keep my wheels out of the water, especially since the drought in CA has necessitated going beyond the ramps. 3) I find that a longer tongue makes it easier to back the trailer and is better for towing. The product is very sturdy and easy to use. 266833



- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Installation was easy. I installed it in a Shorland'r trailer. It took me about 2 - 3 hours including clean-up. I am 100% satisfied! All the hardware, Torx drive, prick punch and safety stickers were included. Instructions were clear and easy to follow, but I was surprised it called for torque of 75Lbs. on each bolt. Tools used were a pencil, square, high tension hack saw (18TPI), file, prick punch (included), hammer, safety glasses, 18V portable drill w/ 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2 bits, Torx socket (included), 3/4 box-end wrench, 12" adjustable wrench & torque wrench. I also added a sheath to the wiring to reduce any chaffing that may occur across the new hardware. You may want to consider additional safety chains depending on haw far back you reinstall them on the tongue. One other note: The 3x3 box tube tongue on my trailer was a bit small. The coupler easily slid over the 3x3 box tube. I had to draw up the bolts to ensure a tight fit. I used a large adjustable wrench on the Torx socket with a small length of pipe on the end of the wrench (for mechanical advantage purposes). It drew up and tightened just fine. Overall, it was an easy install. It did exactly what I bought it to do! 62289


Comments

Scott, I am considering buying this item. Your trailer appears to be similar in stature to mine, a Karavan 1500 roller with a 16 lund. Fulton calls out .122 inches minimum thickness for the tongue and mine mics out at only .106 inches. I called Fulton and their tech dept. would not recommend the install due to liability of course. My tongue length would be 2 or less. I was wondering if you checked your tongue thickness and if it may fall short like mine does? If so since youve had yours for a couple years now, have you noticed any issues? Slop or play in the bolt connections, or anything similar that would go to steel thickness? I am considering installing anyway and I would value your in the field experience especially if your steel happens to be a bit skinny also. Thanks.

-- comment by: Ken B - 09/10/2014

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Hi Ken:I do not recall putting a micrometer on the wall thickness. I think I got it off the Shorlandr data I had in the manual or on-line. Nevertheless, in my comments I did note my box tube was a bit small and had to use some mechanical advantage to draw it tight.I never had any issues whatsoever with any of the Fulton hardware or installation. Everything works perfectly. It has been rock solid. I would not be too concerned with your wall thickness as the boat, motor and trailer are not all that heavy. It will certainly not over stress the Fulton hardware. If you were maxing out the weight limits I might be more concerned.Good luck!Scott...

-- comment by: Scott - 09/11/2014

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- FHDPW340300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I received my Hinge Kit yesterday as promised. Was a little surprised their were no papers of instructions included but it was a very basic no brainer installing. From the time I hauled out the welder, cut the tongue , welded both halves of the hinge, ground a little, and painted it was 45 minutes complete. This is a simple no nonsense, super strong assemble that I'm completely happy with. As you can see from the pictures I had a problem, this was a great discovery and solution. I'd give it a 10, A+ and an excellent. Capt. Lar 102545


Comments

I still agree with my review of a year ago. This has been the cheapest extra 2 feet of space I could ever get in my boathouse.

Larry O - 10/04/2014

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- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I selected the weld on application for its clean appearance. The added expense of using a certified welder for the installation was well worth it, I'm very satisfied with the product and it looks as if it was factory installed. Always a pleasure dealing with etrailer and your prompt service. 286500


Comments

Very satisfied as it saves room in my garage, great product.

Mark W - 11/01/2017

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- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Thank you, Great product and fast delivery as well... Your product looks and feels like excellent quality.... instructions and accompanying tools were excellent and help make the job a lot easier.... Thanks again 518806



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


The product worked very well for what I needed. I needed to lengthen the tongue of my trailer to get the boat deeper into the water when launching it but didn't want that to interfere with storing it in the garage. It was nice to have a chart that came along with it that gave length of tongue vs weight of boat so that you can more easily decide what length will work for your application. 564583



- FHDPW340300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


This is PERFECT. Just what I needed. EZ to install. Very well made. My boat fits in my garage now. 339986



- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Bought a used boat and it needed to fit in the garage. This was the best option and it turned out great. The product details were a big help for the fit and installation. Took about 2 hours and make sure you have a good bit to drill the holes. I stumbled on to etrailers website and no need to look any further. It's hard not to get the right part with all the details and pictures they provide. I have bought several items and the quality is high, price is fair and ships on time. I've sent my buddies your way and I'm working on another order...Thanks! 57439



- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


I have installed my hinge and all went well. I haven't had a chance to take it out and pull it down the road, but I suspect all will go well. The installation went well and it was actually pretty easy to put on. I have included a few pictures of my install if you need them for anything. Thanks 388519


Comments

It is still working well. I dont use my boat a lot but the hinge does just what I wanted it to do. I can now fit the boat in my garage and close the door since I can collapse the tongue of the trailer. Thanks for your followup

Tom G - 06/07/2018

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- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Best accessory yet for my 17' Tracker & trailer. Fits nicely in my garage now. Installation, although time consuming, was easy - the directions were spot on. Now I just need to get extensions for my safety chains so I can mount behind the fold-away bracket. Would recommended this for anyone needing to take advantage of the limited space. 98097



- FHDPW340300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Worked great but i needed a 15 inch flex hose for brake line replacement that was hard to find 518788


Comments

The product is flawless, works great

GUY W - 06/07/2019

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- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Product was exactly as represented. Well made, and a perfect fit. This bolt on version (there is also one that can be welded) is a pretty big job especially if you are working alone. You'll need some high quality drill bits and several hours of working time, but the end result is worth the effort. If space in your garage is a problem, this may be the answer. It will fold the trailer tongue out of the way and save approximately 24 to 30 inches of trailer length. Allowed me to get my boat into the garage and out of the weather. 391615


Comments

Product is still working fine. No complaints.

Rodger K - 06/10/2018

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- FHDPB330301
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Great delivery, great price, and backed up with a great product. My boat fits well in my garage. 725756



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Great production 723416



- FHDPB350101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Great Item 722000



- FHDPW330300
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Great product. Fast delivery, fair price and it works fantastic. 717299



- FHDPB230101
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Review from a similar Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit in Folding Tongue


Works well as advertised. 715514


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  • Are There Replacement Bushings for Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kits
  • I cannot speak for all fold-away coupler hinge kits but the ones we offer, the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit part # FHDPB230101, part # FHDPB330301, and part # FHDPB350101 do not contain any bushings. It can be rather difficult to just look at a bolt or hinge pin and determine whether or not it has stretched or deformed but I would be willing to bet that is the issue you are having. The loose connection between these bolts and pins is a rather serious safety issue so I highly recommend...
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  • Safety Chain Placement on Trailer Using Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit Part #FHDPW230300
  • Fulton has offered this size for a while now. I checked their site, and it is listed. I did notice that the weld-on hinge kit is listed further down toward the bottom of the page, perhaps you did not scroll down far enough? The safety chains need to mounted rearward (aft) of the hinged portion of the trailer tongue. In the very unlikely event that the hinge should fail, the trailer will still be secured to the tow vehicle. The fold-away hinge is indeed rated for 5000 lbs, and should...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler # FHDPB230101
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit, item # FHDPB230101, is designed for bolt-on installation. If you need a weld on kit, you would use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, Weld On, item # FHDPW230300, for your application. To install either of these foldaway kits you will need to cut the trailer tongue at the desired pivot point, up to 36 inches see table below, and then attach the two sides of the fold away to the cut ends of the trailer tongue. Be careful not to damage any wiring...
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  • What Type of Welding Should be Used for the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPW230300
  • I spoke with my contact at Fulton about what kind of welding to use for the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPW230300 and they said that it is 90-60 Cast Steel which should help you determine the appropriate welding. We do recommend that a professional do the welding.
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  • Why Is Trailer Wall Thickness limited When Installing Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPB230101
  • The reason the wall thickness is listed for the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, part # FHDPB230101, is because the Torx bolts included in the kit are a certain length and the nuts may not catch the threads when installing the hitch due to the 1/4 inch thickness of your trailer walls. I called my contact at Fulton and you can replace the fasteners with a greade 5 fastener if you choose. But you may want to wait and see if that is needed before buying replacement hardware. I do have another...
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  • Should the Fulton Weld On Hinge Kit Be Welded All the Way Around the Tube
  • The hinge kit part # FHDPB230101 is a bolt on kit that comes with the hardware needed to bolt it to your trailer. For a similar hinge kit that would weld on you would want the # FHDPW230300. I would recommend you weld it all the way around like the picture I attached that came in from a customer who installed this kit.
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  • What Kind of Welding Is Required to Install Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPW230300
  • Wire feed welding would be the best welding method to secure the # FHDPW230300 hinge kit to your existing trailer tongue. To install the hinge, you would simply cut the tongue at the point at which you want it to pivot, and then slide the two sides of the hinges over the newly cut ends. They will slide on about 3 inches on each side. To determine the maximum pivot length for your particular trailer, I recommend taking a look at the chart on the product page for hinge kit # FHDPW330300. The...
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  • Fulton Weld On or Bolt On Hinge Kit for Boat Trailer Tongue
  • Welding is considered a more permanent solution than bolting. All things being equal one is not stronger than the other, but with welding you'd never have to worry about bolts backing themselves out. As long as you have access to a welder or (person or machine) I'd recommend the weld on Fulton hinge part # FHDPW230300.
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  • Why Can't Folding Trailer Tongue Hinge FHDPW230300 Be Used on Aluminum Trailers
  • Aluminum, as a material for construction of a trailer, does offer some major advantages: it cannot rust and it is lightweight. Downsides of aluminum as a trailer material are reduced strength (as compared to steel) and sometimes electrical difficulties since it does not conduct as well as steel. Grounding lights on an aluminum trailer can sometimes cause challenges and may require a ground jumper wire to be run up to the main trailer ground. For a weld-on hinged coupler like # FHDPW230300...
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  • What Size Trailer Tongue Will Fit Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPW230300
  • The 2 x 3 inch measurement means 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall. That is the dimension of the trailer tongue that is compatible with Fulton hinge kit # FHDPW230300. The openings on the hinge are slightly larger to fit over a 2 inch wide and 3 inch tall tongue.
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  • Can the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kits Be Used To Flip Up the Tongue
  • I do have an option for you but you cannot use a fold-away kit and install it so that the tongue flips up. The reason for this is that the downward pressure the trailer has would be too much force for a fold-away kit to handle while installed in the above manor. The only option you have if you need to reduce the overall length of the trailer is to use a fold-away kit and swing the tongue to the side. The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit part # FHDPB230101 or part # FHDPW230300 is the...
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  • Fulton Trailer Frame Hinge Kit Recommendation for a 2 by 2 inch Trailer Frame
  • To use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPW230300 on a trailer frame that is 2 by 2 inch will require a 1 inch spacer get welded to the trailer frame by a qualified fabricator to take up the 1 inch of space since this is designed for a 2 by 3 trailer frame.
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