Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs

Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs

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  • 2 Inch Ball Coupler
  • Standard Coupler
  • 2 Inch Channel
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Bolt-On
  • etrailer
  • Trigger Latch
Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications. Lowest Prices for the best straight tongue trailer coupler from etrailer. Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs part number CT-3001-Z can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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etrailer Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - CT-3001-Z

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications.


Features:

  • Channel-tongue coupler lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle
    • Provides connection point for hitch ball
  • Trigger latch allows for safe and easy coupling and uncoupling
    • Pull trigger and pull up on latch to open ball socket
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Durable zinc finish provides superior corrosion resistance
  • SAE J684 certified
  • Bolt-on installation
    • Hardware not included


Specs:

  • Ball size: 2"
  • Channel width: 2"
  • Overall dimensions: 10-3/4" long x 3-1/2" wide
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/16 "
    • Minimum span needed for pin or pin lock: 5/8"
  • Distance between mounting holes (center to center): 3-1/16"
  • Weight capacity: 3,500 lbs


CT-3001-Z Ram Straight Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - 2" Ball - Zinc - 3,500 lbs







Video of Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs


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




Video Transcript for etrailer Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - Standard Coupler - CT-3001-Z Review

Today we are going to be taking a look at the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler for a 2 inch hitch ball. The Channel tongue coupler is how you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle. It is going to provide the connection point for your hitch ball. It is designed for a 2 inch ball. The unit is going to feature a capacity for 3500 pounds. It has a trigger latch mechanism, that is going to allow for safe and easy coupling and uncoupling.

To open up the socket area to receive a ball, you have to pull up on the trigger, lift up on the latch, and you can see how that opens and closes that mechanism. With it in the open position, it is ready to be placed over a 2 inch hitch ball. To secure it, you just push it back down. You can see how that securely holds the ball. To disconnect from the hitch ball, lift up on the trigger, pull up on the latch, and it is going to release. It is a really nice design and it is very easy to use.

The unit is made from a sturdy steel construction and it is going to feature a durable zinc finish. It is going to provide excellent resistance towards rust and corrosion. it is a bolt on installation, you can see that it contains 6 mounting holes. The distance that we have between the mount holes measuring center on center, that is going to be 3 1/16 inches apart. It is going to be the same separation for each set. Each hole is going to give us a diameter of 1/2 inch.

If we take a look at the channel width, that is this measurement here, inside edge to inside edge, we can see that that is going to measure right around 2 inches. This is designed for a 2 inch wide tongue. The overall width of the unit is going to measure 3 1/2 inches. The overall length of the unit, measuring from very front to very back, that is going to give us a measurement that looks to be right around 10 3/4 inches long. Here on the trigger latch mechanism, you are going to notice a small pinhole, that is designed for a coupler pin or a coupler lock. The pinhole diameter is going to measure 5/16 inch.

The minimum span needed, that is going to be the usable pin length, from outer edge to outer edge that is going to give us a measurement of 5/8 inch. If you are in need of a coupler pin or a coupler lock, they are sold separately, and you can find them right here at etrailer.com. That is going to do it for today's look at the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler for a 2 inch hitch ball.


Customer Reviews

Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs - CT-3001-Z

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (120 Customer Reviews)

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications.

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Seems like good quality coupling and works as advertised. Time will tell, though, on how the parts / finish will stand up to the elements. Only one thing. Wish eTrailer would not place paper stickers all over it that do not come off cleanly. Maybe use plastic based stickers. 418754



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Package somehow got routed wrong by UPS, but got here anyway. All product in great shape. I woulld suggest new bolts with the hitch couplers when shipping. Having to go looking for bolts on a Sunday or late at night is a pain in the butt. But great products nonetheless! 494136



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It's OK except for the little locking pin on the chain. With the pin in place, the handle can be lifted almost all the way up. The tiny pin needs to be replaced with a heavier pin, bolt, or padlock. 148464


Comments

I replaced the worthless latch pin with a latch lock.

Dave P - 08/25/2015

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I'm not too good at working electronic devices, so I'll thank you via this email. Your service was prompt and timely, the quality of your product, a 2 inch ball hitch was of good quality for the money. Installation was a snap. I won't know how dependable the hitch is until I arrive in Maryland without mishap, and we're leaving western Colorado on Monday. If I see my motorcycle trailer passing me on Rt. 70 I'll know the hitch failed. I don't think it will, though. I'd recommend etrailer to anyone who asks. Good products for the money... what else can you ask for?? 501061



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I recieved my new 2" tongue to replace a 1 7/8" for my trailer as an update, as I have 2 other trailers that use 2". Came very quickly & thank you etrailer for such a great deal & transition online with Paypal !!!!!!!!!!! 94187


Comments

Sold the boat

David M - 02/20/2015

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I needed this coupler to swap out a 1 7/8" one on my wood splitter (I was tired of switching my 2" ball--everything else I pull is 2"). The package was sent out the day I ordered & arrived right on time, as promised. After drilling the bolt holes (spacing was a little different from the reese coupler that was on there), she went on easy & works like a champ. I'm satisfied. 126726



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Exactly what I needed. I couldn't find one in the town that I live in. Neither O'Reilly's or AutoZone could get me one. 652648



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Good product, worked as advertised. 625586



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I recently purchased a used 12’ alum. Boat and trailer. The trailer came with a 1-7/8” coupler. Everything that I tow is either 2” or 2-5/16”. This coupler will replace the old one on the boat trailer which is more heavy duty and more modern. Once installed it will be more user friendly than the old one. 584939



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Had trouble finding a direct bolt on 2" ball replacement for my old 1 7/8" ball coupler at any of our local providers. Etrailer's clear product descriptions at their online site made it easy to find exactly what I was looking for. Placed order - delivered in 4 days. Product was very well manufactured and nicely packaged. I no longer have to change hitch balls when I switch between my 2 trailers. 583707



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We have been using these for our products for years and have been very happy with the quality and pricing 583371



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One year later. The coupler is working as perfect as expected. Just cut or unbolt the old coupler. Bolt it on, and grease the coupler. What I like about the coupler is if it is damaged, just unbolt it and bolt on a new one. Just remember to apply grease twice a year to the moving parts for ease of use and to protect it when not in use. 581344



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Never been disappointed with your products and the free shipping is always appreciated. Thanks for the fast service. 579256



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Well made tongue used on a canoe traile r. 577184



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Rolled the trailer at a 45 angle into the ditch with a load on it behind the 4 wheeler and it never came off! Trustworthy. 561570



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Just what I need at a good price 540436



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Nice product. , nice people and fast se rvice 527812



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LOOKS GOOD 512311



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Worked great. Good company to do business with. Thank you! 506542



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this is exactly what I ordered, it exceeded my expectations on the quality, the price was right! and shipping worked great too! Keep up the good work etrailer, 505100



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Arrive on time. Perfect fit bolted on and fit knob perfect. Thank you. 498309



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received quickly 494322



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Good product. I've used it for a year trailering it around twice a month ~75 mile round trips and no issues. The locking mechanism has a good quality spring, which is helpful. 491339



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Works great. Competitive pricing and fast ship. 488448



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Excellent upgrade for my utility trailer,can't say enough good things about trailer thanks again 488147



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Everything looks good so far just opened the boxes. 481614



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Good product 475806



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Needed a coupler for a trailer project. As usual etrailer had what I needed at a great price and it arrived on time as promised . It’s nice to have an on line sorce for this type of merchandise 466959



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Fast service ...Fast shipping.. 464605


Comments

Product is still working great after a year of use !!!

Belinda - 01/03/2019

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Ontime 458372



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Well constructed, solid, & latch works smoothly. Better than other couplers I've put on my trailers in past few years. 443976



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perfict 437020



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well made, good product 435057



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Easy installation 427781



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Will work great for my project. Thanks for your help! 425349



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Product was just what I needed to replace a worn part on my wood splitter. Arrived on the day it was scheduled. Great service! 415479



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I used this coupler to replace an existing 1-7/8 coupler on my utility trailer. I was pleased to find one at a good price that fit my trailer tongue. 414434



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Fast turn around !!!!! shipped5same day 413134



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Quality and came fast....Very Satisfied 409024



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OM NNAEXACTLY WHAT I ORDERED! 406447



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Man! Why would anyone shop anywhere else? Really. They have the lowest prices. They have everything. They deliver for free with a miniscule purchase. Melanie that answers the phone really likes her job and it shows. They work hard to do it right. I got all my parts to build a trailer. They were the right parts and and they came quick. 401350



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Very well built and easy to put on. etrailer was prompt and the price was good. 399795



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Outstanding product, customer service and quick delivery. 391905


Comments

Every thing is working great and I have experienced no trouble at all.

Rich G - 06/11/2018

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hitch parts ordered very nice part, lights same , very good price.always use etrailer.com because of price and service its the best 384057



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As advertised, very competitive price. 373493



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All four items I ordered for a boat trailer were all very quality items. The fenders were exactly as described which was important to the fit of the trailer. The jack, winch, and tongue coupler all exceeded my expectations for quality. I will never shop elsewhere for my truck and trailer needs. Thank you etrailer! 368429



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Great products and price 360812



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love the product-great price 347360



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Very solid hitch, and fast delivery. 346754



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Can not believe no S&H AND I got it the NEXT day!!!! Amazing transaction! Hope I find I need more things that I can get from YOU!!! Thanks! 341762


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  • Is a Coupler Repair Kit Available for a Shelby 5133 Coupler?
  • Shelby was acquired by Dutton-Lainson and we no longer carry Shelby coupler repair kits. I recommend instead getting a new coupler such as # CT-3001-Z. I've left a link to a video review of this coupler as well as a link to our page with each of our 2" ball couplers for you to take a look at.
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  • Can I Remove A Weld-On Trailer Coupler and Replace it With A Bolt-On Coupler?
  • Yes, you can remove your weld-on coupler and install a new bolt-on coupler that fits a 2 inch ball. There is just a few things you need to do to before and when installing. You need to know what channel size and the weight capacity you will need for the new coupler. The most common sizes are the 2, 2-1/2 and 3 inch channels. Coupler, # CT-3001-Z , can be used if you have a 2 inch channel and a weight capacity of 3,500 lbs. If you need a coupler for a 3 inch channel, the Husky # HT87076...
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  • What is the Mounting Hole Spacing for 3.5K Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler CR-3001-Z
  • No, the hole spacing on coupler # CT-3001-Z is actually 3-1/16 inches as measured by our video demonstrator in the video I have linked. The holes for coupler # CT-2001-Z are spaced 2-1/4 inches apart on center.
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  • What Hardware is Needed to Install Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z
  • I pulled the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler, # CT-3001-Z, from our warehouse and the installation instructions state that you should use 1/2 inch diameter, grade 5 bolts and locknuts to mount this coupler to the trailer tongue. They said that it is acceptable to use 4 separate bolts or two long bolts passing through all four holes. You can also add two bolts to the top holes for extra strength.
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  • What Coupler will Fit As Replacement for Malone MicroSport Trailer
  • The Malone trailers like the part # MPG461G2 you mentioned have tongues that are 2 inches wide which means you'd want the coupler part # CT-3001-Z instead of the # CT-3002-Z.
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  • Recommended Trailer Tongue Size for use with Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z
  • Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z requires a 2 inch wide tongue but I recommend a boxed tongue and not C-channel so there is more support where it counts. Steel tubing at least 1/8 of an inch of wall thickness will do the trick. The length can be pretty much whatever you want but the longer the tongue the lower the tongue weight capacity will be.
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  • Replacement Coupler Recommendation for Trailer with Hand Wheel Latch to Go to Trigger Latch
  • You'd have to swap out the coupler as there isn't a way to convert a hand wheel latch to a trigger style coupler. For example you'd want the part # CT-3001-Z if you have a 2 inch channel and a 2 inch hitch ball.
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  • Measurement Between Holes For Bolt On Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z
  • On the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs, # CT-3001-Z, you referenced the distance between the mounting holes is 3-1/16 inches center to center. It is the same separation for each set. Each hole has a diameter of 1/2 inch. I've attached a picture for reference.
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  • Replacement for Shelby 5111 Coupler
  • Shelby is no longer in business so there are no longer any type of repair kits for their couplers. It is possible that the Coupler Repair Kit for 2" Curt Couplers # C25194 may work but I would not be able to guarantee it. My understanding is the Shelby 5111 coupler fit a 2" trailer channel and worked with a 2" ball so I recommend simply replacing the coupler with the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z which has a 3,500 lb capacity, fits a 2" channel and 2" hitch ball. I have...
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  • Can I Change My Trailer Coupler from a 1-7/8 Inch Coupler to a 2 Inch Coupler
  • Rather than change the coupler, the easiest option is to change the size of the ball ON YOUR BALL mount. If your coupler currently uses a 1-7/8 inch ball and your towing vehicle has a hitch and ball mount with a 2 inch ball, you can use an interchangeable hitch ball system. This way you will not have to bother with changing the coupler on your jet ski trailer. If your current ball mount is compatible with a 3/4 inch diameter trailer ball shank then I recommend the # 800B, however if...
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  • Replacement Coupler vs. Coupler Repair Kit
  • Since you want to sell the trailer, and since the current coupler is a bolt-on type, I suggest you replace the coupler with a new one. You add an appealing "selling feature" to your trailer (the brand new coupler) and one like 2-inch # CT-3001-Z (for 2-inch wide channel) or # CT-3003-Z (for 3-inch wide channel) will cost you LESS than the repair kit.
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  • Recommended Standard Straight Tongue Coupler for 2 Inch Channel
  • We do have a nice selection of standard straight tongue couplers available that will work to replace your existing actuator. If you have a 2 inch channel the etrailer.com Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z is a great option that features a sturdy steel construction and a zinc finish to provide corrosion resistance. It is a bolt-on installation. The coupler does have a 3,500 pound weight capacity so you will just need to make sure this matches or exceeds the loaded weight of...
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  • Replacement Trailer Coupler for 2 inch Hitch Ball
  • It would depend on the measurements of your trailer's tongue to find an exact fit. One of our most popular couplers, # CT-3001-Z, is 10-3/4 inches long by 3-1/2 inches wide and is for 2 inch trailer tongues. The mounting holes are 1/2 inch diameter holes spaced 3-1/16 inches apart on center.
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  • Can 2" Trailer Coupler for Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer be Used for
  • The Trailer Coupler for Yakima Rack and Roll Trailers # Y08123 was designed specifically for Rack and Roll 78 inch # Y08107 or 66 inch # Y08106. If you were looking for a coupler for your trailer and have a 2" wide trailer tongue I recommend the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z, which works with a 2" ball, has a 3,500 lb capacity and bolts on. I've added a link to a video review of this coupler for you to take a look at and a link to each of our available couplers.
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  • Trailer Coupler Options To Tow Log Splitter
  • It sounds like you want to be able to tow your log splitter, possibly behind a truck or other vehicle. Many log splitters have a tongue with a pin attachment and if you want to tow the splitter you may need to change the pin to a coupler that fits a trailer hitch ball. You can check out the attached link I have provided for the couplers we offer for trailers. If you need a straight tongue coupler and the trailer has a 2-inch channel you may want to take a look at part # CT-3001-Z. This...
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  • Will Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler CT-3001-Z Fit in Place of a Shelby 5135 Coupler
  • We have heard that channel tongue coupler # CT-3001-Z is comparable to the Shelby 5135 coupler. To be sure though you can compare what the new coupler fits with your Shelby coupler. Coupler # CT-3001-Z fits a tongue that is 2 inches wide. The mounting holes are spaced 3 to 3-1/16 inches apart on center. And it does couple to a 2 inch ball. I have linked a video review for you. If your trailer has a wider tongue or different hole spacing let me know and I can determine if there is a replacement...
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  • Replacement Straight Tongue Coupler Needed for an Acme Bolt-On Coupler
  • I am attaching a link to our selection of bolt-on straight tongue couplers that you can filter through, but feel free to still send me the pictures of what you have for comparison. Among the most popular of the linked couplers is our Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z. This has a weight capacity of 3,500 lbs, is made of steel with a durable zinc finish, has a trigger latch, and is compatible with a 2" hitch ball. I have attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Available Coupler Repair Kit for Coupler on 1990 Sunbird Boat Trailer
  • We do offer repair kits for most types of couplers, including straight-tongue couplers like # CT-3001-Z and for brake actuator surge couplers like # T43329007K. Use the linked page to select the type of coupler you have then click on the wrench icon to choose parts. Then you'll see the repair kits we offer. If you can find a brand name and/or part number stamped on the coupler that will help. You can then click on that brand to narrow the results shown.
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  • Where is the VIN Number on a 2001 Lowe’s 6x12 Foot Utility Trailer?
  • A trailer VIN is usually found on the trailer tongue, near the coupler. If it can't be found there, you'll need to examine the trailer frame closely. The VIN is usually stamped onto a plate that's affixed to the trailer, but it could be stamped into the metal somewhere. Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the Lowes trailer brand to give you the exact location on their trailers. If you cannot find the VIN sometimes your State Police can assign a VIN for you. This can vary from...
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  • Mounting Hole Distance from Top of Channel on Fulton and etrailer.com Tongue Coupler
  • The distance from the mounting holes on both couplers part # CT-3001-2 and # F222000301 to the top of the channel measures 1 inch.
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  • What Size Channel Does Channel Tongue Coupler part # CT-3001-Z Fit
  • Yes, a coupler like the Channel Tongue Coupler part # CT-3001-Z that you referenced which is designed for a 2 inch channel is designed to fit a 2 inch square tube.
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  • Could Nuts and Bolts be Used to Install Friction Sway Control Instead of Screws
  • If you wanted to run bolts all the way through the frame of your trailer and then have nuts on the other side to install a friction sway control unit like the Pro Series part # 83660 you certainly could do that. People drill the frames of trailers for similar installed products like weight distribution system chains hangers etc.
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