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
  • 2-1/2 Inch Channel
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Bolt-On
  • etrailer
  • Trigger Latch
Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2-1/2" 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-3002-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-3002-Z

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2-1/2" 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: 2-1/2"
  • Overall dimensions: 10-1/2" long x 4-1/4" wide
    • Mounting hole dimensions: 3" center to center
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/16"
    • Minimum span needed for pin or pin lock: 5/8"
  • Weight capacity: 3,500 lbs


CT-3002-Z Ram Straight Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - 2" Ball - Zinc - 3,500 lbs

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


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Video Transcript for etrailer Trigger Latch Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler Review

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at the Etrailer.com channel tongue trailer coupler with a trigger latch for a 2" ball, with a 3,500 pound capacity, part number CT-3002-Z.Here's what our coupler looks like installed. Now one of the main reasons you're going to want a replacement coupler such as this one is to replace an old, or worn out, or damaged coupler. You'll notice on our old coupler that we removed, I can't even open it easily, whereas on our new one, springs open very easily and closes very easily. That will make it a lot easier for you to hook up to your tow vehicle so you can safely tow your trailer.The zinc finish on our coupler will provide many years of superior rust resistance so we don't have to worry about corrosion. This is an ideal solution for boat trailers, trailers that see excessive salt spray, or ones that are stored outdoors. The trigger latch allows for safe and easy coupling and uncoupling, as I'll demonstrate now.

We'll lift up on the latch with one finger, pull the whole handle up, come over towards our ball, drop it onto our 2" hitch ball, make sure it's fully seated, and we'll close down to latch into place.Now this coupler has a 3,500 pound capacity, which is more than sufficient for this small trailer here. However, because this coupler has a 3,500 pound capacity, that does exceed some trailers' actual weight ratings, so make sure you don't exceed what your trailer's actually rated for. The sturdy steel construction of this coupler makes it very durable and ideal for utility trailers.Now when comparing the Etrailer couplers to other couplers on the market such as the Fulton Fast Lock coupler, part number F2225003001, the zinc finish on the Etrailer coupler will offer superior rust resistance as opposed to just having a corrosion-resistant finish.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in seeing if this coupler will work for your trailer. This coupler is designed to work on 2-1/2" channels, see we have a 2-1/2" diameter on the inside from this point to this point over here. Overall, we're looking at 10-1/2" in total length of our coupler from the very back part of it to the very front part of it.

The overall width of our coupler at its widest point, from here to here, is 4-1/4".We have the ability to secure our coupler to our tow vehicle when it's being towed or when our trailer is being stored to help prevent theft. To do that you can use a padlock or other locking device through this hole right here. This hole has a 5/16" of a diameter opening. Now the minimum span that you need with a padlock or a pin locking device for your coupler is 5/8" from here to here.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll take it out on our test course and you can see how secure the coupler is to our tow vehicle. Now that we've gone over some features of our coupler, we'll show you how to get it installed.The first thing that we need to do is remove our old coupler.

In our case, this coupler was for an 1-7/8" ball, which our customer wants to upgrade to a 2" ball so it works better with his truck. Also, this one is a little worn and damaged. In our case, our old coupler is held in place with two 7/16" bolts, so we'll remove these. Now when we remove our back bolt, our safety chains for our trailer will come out with our coupler. That's not a big deal.

We'll just make sure that they stay in the channel on the tongue of our trailer.Now we'll take our new coupler, place it over the channel on our trailer, lining up the holes that are already there. For our back bolt we'll make sure it will go between our safety chains like this so they are secured into place to our trailer. Now we've replaced our bolts with 1/2" diameter bolts and lock nuts. We'll give our safety chains a tug now to make sure they're secure. They're wrapped around our bolt properly. Now we will install our front bolt and install our nut. Now we will tighten down our hardware and ensure that it's secure. That completes our look at the Etrailer.com channel tongue trailer coupler with a trigger latch for 2" balls, with a 3,500 pound capacity, part number CT-3002-Z.


Customer Reviews

Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs - CT-3002-Z

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (45 Customer Reviews)

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2-1/2" 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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Since my heavy-duty utility trailer used a 2 inch ball I wanted to change the 1-7/8 inch coupler on my light-duty utility trailer to a 2 inch ball also. I have always received quality items in a timely manner from etrailer so I ordered the 2 inch coupler and received it, again, in a timely manner. The forward mounting holes were not in the same location as the old coupler so I simply drilled new ones to accommodate the bolts and assembled it. It works just great. 590288



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Coupler appears very well made..heavy materials, nice plating, good fit and finish. Plan to use it on a yard cart in lieu of the clevis hitch coupler and this size fits the tongue well. 269840



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The only reason I do not give you 5 stars is because your web site. When internet ordering, it should instantly state when a part is out of stock. Even nicer would be expected restocking dates. The parts received were exactly what I ordered for my electric brake conversion from surge brakes at far less expense than reparing the internally rusted surge brake system. There was a plethora of information on your web site to assist me in ordering the correct parts for the conversion. Plus there were videos to see how to complete the conversion and how parts were installed and adjusted. Customer service was excellent. 659635



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Great product. Works as described. Easy to drill new holes in the frame and bolt on. 655648



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A pleasant surprise. Low cost, and high quality. Easy installation, pre-drilled for attachment to trailer tongue. I installed it on a lawn mower type trailer so I could use a ball instead of a pin. It couples to the lawn mower much more easily, and does not jerk around by pushing and pulling against the pin. Highly recommended. 620059



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Perfect great product heavy made 525052



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Great service. Quick delivery! 519802



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Works as designed. 497910



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Can't go wrong here. Good mount and ball at a reasonable price. 482394



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Very pleased with the metal thickness. Some of these never seem to be thick enough metal and bend, however, this one, is good quality. 481546



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Great response to my order. Shipped right away. George provides great communications. 458966



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Purchased this to replace a damaged trailer tongue. This was a good heavy duty tongue and replacement went smoothly 455728



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Great price and fast shipping 448726



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Great selection and prompt shipping with a great price ! 444225



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Great product and service. 439996



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This is exactly as described and fits perfectly! Had been looking locally and could not find this exact fit. Also, estimated delivery was Monday and received it the Friday before. What a great surprise. 435616



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Good product, fit tight on 2 1/2 inch channel used a rubber mallet to coax it down for holes to line up on the trailer tongue. I would recommend it to anyone. 416927



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Easy install, so easy that I installed it before I realized instruction were stuffed in the locking part of the coupler. 387942



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The product received fit perfectly and seems to be of good quality, and it works well. 382494



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Never been coupled better. 373979



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Good service,Good products 328648



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trailer coupler arrived today, looks good ,thanks 304520



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I put this eTrailer straight tongue trailer coupler on a garden cart/trailer that came with a pin type hitch. It has a 2.5 inch wide tongue so this coupler fit perfectly snug on my application. So my 4 wheeler and tractor style mower both have 2 inch balls and this keeps it where I have the same hitch setup on everything. Expect to get a garden tractor mower soon and will put one of eTrailer's hitch balls on it as well. 284532



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Just want I ordered, quality great and fast service! 282563



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Excellent service, product, & price. 266416



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All was good. Nicky handled the order w ell. 261102



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Good product 252087



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It worked as advertised! 250437



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Haven't installed it yet, seems that it will work for the build with 2.5" square tubing. 247963



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I bought the item to convert my 10 cubic foot lawn cart to ball and hitch. Took me 15 minutes to install it. I also bought the Snapper Pin 14-134TR with it based on another review. Good idea. Makes it very convenient to be safe by locking out the latch. I used the chain for the pin that comes with it to make sure it doesn't get lost. I would also recommend using SAE grade 8 bolts for any hitch along with lock nuts. My two experiences with etrailer.com have been very good. 246905



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everything was of high quality and delivered on time! appreciated the communication and tracking of my shipment and the follow up by etrailer 216627



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good quality at a good price, thanks 203007



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I like the coupler. I like the way it bolts on from the top on my John Deere trailer. The top two holes match the holes on the coupler. Only because the holes in the coupler are large enough to match the smaller holes in the tongue. Now I'm not afraid of pinching my fingers with the old method. I use a John Deere 125. 194766



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great price, nice product especially to bolt them to aluminum trailers. 176827



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excellent service 162244



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It was on time and exactly what I orderd 160900



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This was exactly what i wanted and while not installed yet, should slip right on. Thanks for excellent, prompt service. 150122



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Just what I needed, already installed. Thank you 149652



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Everything went well with the order, and the product was the correct unit. 145550



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Fast shipping the product was describe perfectly on line easy check out with paypal will be doing business again very good company . 139227



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No way I could have found a coupler for 2-1/2" channel locally. I replaced the coupler on my old utility trailer and this is much beefier than what was on it. Who says they don't make things like they used to? 132931



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Very Very Good excellent and service was fast would buy from anytime.. 126331



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works good great price 108856



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Great product 108060



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Great product nicely finished ... fit perfectly. Quick delivery. 99334


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  • Weight of a Whole Bunch of Different Trailer Parts
  • I'd be happy to let you know the weights of all of the parts you asked about, and I'll even do it in descending order. - Timbren Axle-Less Trailer Suspension System w Electric Brake Hubs # A35RS545E: 134 lbs - Dexstar Steel Mini Mod Trailer Wheel # AM20545: 25 lbs - Pro Series Round, Snap-Ring Swivel Jack # PS1400300303: 13 lbs - Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3002-Z: 4 lbs I have also attached links to video reviews of these parts for you to take a look at.
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  • Why Would Coupler Fit Too Tightly to Hitch Ball
  • Sounds like you are talking about the adjustment hardware for the coupler latch. It may be too tight and you'd just need to loosen it a bit so that it secures to the hitch ball but doesnt' hold it too tight.
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  • Measurements on the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler
  • The distance between the mounting holes is going to be the same between each one, or between each set. Center on center, they're going to be separated by 3 inches and the mounting holes are going to have a diameter of 1/2 inch. The channel width on the unit, inside edge to inside edge measures 2-1/2 inches.
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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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  • 2 inch Trailer Tongue Coupler Recommendation for Replacing Shelby 5135
  • We have a similar coupler for 2 inch trailer tongues as part # CT-3002-Z which fits 2 inch hitch balls, but we do not have the exact coupler you are looking for.
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  • Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler for 2-1/2 Inch Wide Tongue and 2 Inch Ball
  • Your best option for a coupler that takes a 2 inch ball and that fits a 2-1/2 inch wide tongue is going to be Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs # CT-3002-Z. The hole spacing is not 2-1/2 inches apart though so 1 extra set of holes will need to be drilled. The couplers that fit a 2-1/2 inch channel all have a hole spacing of approximately 3 inches on center.
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  • Recommended Coupler for Custom Kayak Trailer
  • For your small kayak trailer, I recommend the Fulton Fas-Lok Coupler # F222000301. This will give you a 2 inch ball compatibility along with the ability to use a 2 inch square bar that you'd need to obtain locally to give you the length you need. That size will fit a standard 2 inch receiver tube if that is what is on your trailer. If you need a 2-1/2 inch bar compatibility, then I recommend the coupler # CT-3002-Z. For a 3 inch bar compatibility, I recommend the # CT-3003-Z coupler....
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  • Determining the Axle Location on Homemade Travel Trailer
  • For your axle placement you will use the attached article to determine the distance between your trailer coupler and axle to get that 10% tongue weight desired. Because you have a torsion axle it will be much easier to test your theory to really pin point your desired tongue weight. I can't just give you a dimension because the coupler weight needs to be integrated in the equation. For instance the coupler # CT-3002-Z has a weight of 5 lbs that would be added to the pole tongue to...
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