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  • Parts to Convert From 12 Inch Hydraulic to Electric Trailer Brakes
  • Thanks so much for the photos as they were very helpful; they show your trailer's drums are 12 inches in diameter, and that you do have a 5-bolt brake mounting flange. To switch from hydraulic to electric trailer brakes you are correct you would be able to use your current coupler as well as drums, and we do have the parts needed for you to switch, which are the following: - Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA -...
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  • How Much Up and Down Play Is Normal With Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPB340301?
  • With the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 4" Tongue - Bolt On - Up to 7,000 lbs # FHDPB340301 installed you will get some up and down movement. Typically this should not exceed about 5 degrees, or 1-1/2" with tongue at the longest length of 48". The shorter the tongue the less play you will notice. There is play due clearances needed to allow the hinge to be able to open and close without getting stuck. I included a video of the # FHDPB340301 for you to take a look at.
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  • Can I Use a Pivot Pin # F500334 in Place of the Pivot Bolt on the Fulton Coupler Kit # FHDPB230101?
  • Great question! I went ahead and looked up the part listing of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Trailer Tongue - Bolt On # FHDPB230101 and discovered that the bolt that comes with the hinge kit is threaded in order to attach to the rest of the assembly. With this factor, you cannot use another Pivot Pin # F500334 because that pin is not threaded and will not attach properly. Without the threaded portion, the assembly is extremely unsafe. I went ahead and attached a...
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  • Replacement for Reliable ACT-7.5K Brake Actuator on Mastercraft Trailer
  • I do have a full replacement for you but we do not offer replacement parts for the Reliable ACT-7.5K Brake Actuator unfortunately. For a full replacement, the best option we have for you is the Swing-Away Actuator w/ Electric Lockout part # T4839100 for disc brakes or the Swing-Away Actuator w/ Manual Lockout part # T4839000 for drum brakes. These actuators have the same 2" hitch ball compatibility and 7,500 capacity as the Reliable ACT-7.5K brake actuator that you have now. If yours did...
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  • Surge Coupler to Replace Older Atwood Model
  • We do not have a master cylinder repair kit for your older Atwood surge coupler but we can help you select a new coupler to match your trailer gross weight. The linked page displays both disc and drum brake surge couplers; just click on the type you need for your trailer, the ball size and then click on the gross trailer weight rating (GTW) that is appropriate. A popular option for a 7K GTW with a straight tongue and drum brakes is Demco drum actuator coupler # DM72VR which is a bolt-on...
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  • Can the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 Be Mounted So the Tongue Swings Up Not Over
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301, was designed to be mounted to where the tongue will fold to the side. Mounting the hinge kit to where the tongue would fold up provides no lateral stability and should not be used in this way.
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  • Hinge Kit for Trailer Coupler with 3x4 inch Tongue
  • For a 3x4 inch frame the best hinge kit would be the part # FHDPB350101. This is for a 3 x 5 inch frame but you could have 1/2 inch spacers welded to either side of the channel and it would and work just fine.
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  • Install Tips for Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3 x 5 on 2 x 4 Trailer Tongue
  • If you plan was to use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3 x 5 trailer tongues # FHDPB350101 with shims on a narrower trailer tongue you'd actually need to weld the hinge kit as the bolt holes aren't going to match up perfectly and it would be really difficult to make the bolt holes work like needed.
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  • Can Fulton Foldaway Hinge Kit # FHDPB350101 Fit 3 by 4 inch Trailer Frame
  • You could use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101 on a 3 inch by 4 inch trailer frame but you'd want to have 1/2 inch spacers welded to either side of the frame to take up the extra space.
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  • Test Trailer To Determine If it's Aluminum for Install for Fulton Hinge Kit
  • It looks like it's steel to me, but you can try to see if a magnet would attach to it. If not, then you'd know it's aluminum and the hinge kit part # FHDPB350101 couldn't be used.
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  • Coupler Hinge Kit for a Trailer with a 3 inch by 4 inch Frame
  • We do have a hinge kit that fits a 3 x 4 inch trailer tongue with the part # FHDPB340301. We don't have the channel you'd need but you could source that locally at a hardware store.
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  • Replacement Swing-Away Actuator Recommendation for a Reliable ACT-7.5K Actuator
  • The replacement surge brake actuator that we have for your Reliable ACT-7.5K swing-away actuator is the Titan 7,500 lb Swing-Away Actuator w/ Electric Lockout # T4839100. You'll need to remove any parts from your current actuator to install this, but the bright side is that from what I could find it looks like you current;y have a 2" coupler which this Titan option has, plus it is a little longer than your current actuator so you won't have to worry about any clearance problems.
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  • Does Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3 x 4 Tongue Come With Transfer Punch
  • A transfer punch is not included with the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB340301. The hinge kit comes with mounting hardware, a pivot bolt, and pivot pin and clip. I have added a link below to the installation instructions for you to check out as well of this hinge kit.
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  • Differences Between the Fulton Coupler Hinge Kits FHDPB330301 and FHDPB330303
  • The difference between the two Fulton Swing Away kits you referenced is the material that is used for each of the kits. Other than that they are the same and are designed to fit 3 inch by 3 inch trailer tongues. The # FHDPB330301 is made of stainless steel which will resist corrosion and the part # FHDPW330300 is made of a raw steel which will corrode much easier. You could paint either kit if you like. I attached a picture a customer sent to us that shows his painted white to match...
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  • Install Video for Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • I attached an install video for a similar hinge kit as the # FHDPB340301 for you to check out. You'll see the entire process like you are asking about from the cutting of the frame to drilling and bolting in the new hardware.
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  • What Direction Can Folding Fulton Trailer Tongue Hinge Fold
  • I believe I have a solution for you, but the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB230101, was designed to be mounted so that the tongue would fold to the side. Mounting the hinge kit to where the tongue would fold up provides no lateral stability and should not be used in this way according to Fulton. It sounds like your trailer frame is 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. What you could use instead would be the 3 inch by 3 inch hinge kit part # FHDPB330301 and then use a spacer on...
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  • Flexible Brake Line for a Trailer with a Folding Tongue Coupler
  • The Titan brake line # T0980100 is 25 inches long and should work for you since you are adding the reverse electric lock out. You will want the flexible line to be long enough to not bind or put stress on the rest of the brake lines when the coupler is folded in. It will need to go from the back of the master cylinder, or in this case back of the lockout solenoid, past the hinge.
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  • How to Install a Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit on a Trailer with Surge Brakes
  • In order to install a Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit like part # FHDPB230101 on a trailer with surge brakes you are going to want to use a flexible brake line that runs from the actuator to the t-fitting just before it splits to each braking assembly. This hose can been seen as letter A in the attached photo. The hose can actually be ran through the frame rail you will just need to make sure you have enough slack so it does not put too much tension on the line when the tongue is in...
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  • What Size is the Pivot Bolt on the Fulton Fold-Away Bolt-On Hinge Kit Part # FHDPB330301
  • The pivot bolt included with the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit part # FHDPB330301 is a 5/8"-11x4-1/2" grade 8 hex head bolt which can be acquired at most local hardware stores.
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  • What Size Trailer Tongue Will Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 Fit
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 referenced in your question is designed for 3 inch x 3 inch trailer tongues. This refers to the outside height and width of the tongue for your trailer. Also note that the thickness of your trailer tongue material needs to be between .188 inch and .120 inch. This hinge kit lets you create up to a 48 inch foldaway tongue for your trailer. It is a bolt-on installation and all the needed mounting hardware is included. I have attached...
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit be Used to Extend Short Trailer Coupler
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 referenced in your question can indeed be used to extend the short tongue on your boat trailer, as long as you follow the tongue and gross trailer weight ratings based on your pivot length (like you mentioned). Doing this may very well reduce your trailer's current capacity, but as long as you remain under the reduced limit, you can do this without issue. This particular kit is designed for 3 inch x 3 inch trailer tongues. You will...
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  • Length of Brake Line Hose Needed When Installing Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB350101
  • If your trailer has a surge brake coupler you will need to install a flexible brake line like the Titan Hydraulic Brake Line with Fittings - 25 inch Long, part # T0980100, inline with the couplers master cylinder and the original brake line so the tongue can fold without damaging the braking system. I have numerous sizes of flexible brake lines available and I have included a link to the available options. I would recommend to use the longest flexible brake line available, like the 25...
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  • Recommended Adapter To Extend 3" x 3" Boat Trailer Tongue
  • I recommend using the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 3" Trailer Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lbs # FHDPW330300 which will allow you to cut your tongue and add a new 3" x 3" piece with the coupler to get the extra 3'-4' you are looking for, but will also be able to fold the extra length to make storing the trailer a bit easier. You will need to get the 3" x 3" tubing from a local metal supply shop, and will need to have the tongue welded to the coupler to complete the project....
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  • Replacement Master Cylinder for Atwood Actuating Coupler for Drum Brakes
  • For your Atwood Brake Actuator w/ Manual Lockout - Drum Brakes - Black - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 6,000 lbs # AT82543, the master cylinder you need is the Replacement Master Cylinder for Atwood Trailer Brake Actuators - Drum 85841 (which has been discontinued). So you will want to check to see if it is the actual cylinder or just the gasket that needs replaced. Let me know as I'm happy to assist.
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  • Attaching the Titan Hydraulic Brake Line When Using Fulton Fold-Away Coupler
  • When using the Titan Hydraulic Brake Line # T0980100, there are fittings included to attach to your current brake line. One end of the brake line has a female fitting. This female fitting will attach to the male fitting on your brake line. You would need to coil the existing steel brake line in trailer frame behind where the Fold-Away Coupler # FHDPB350101, installs. So basically the Titan Line is adding an extension to your current brake line so the trailer tongue can fold. The...
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  • Why Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit NOT Recommended for Aluminum Trailer Frames
  • I spoke with my contact in the Tech Services department at Fulton, who explained that Aluminum trailer frames have a greater wall thickness than a steel frame. The bolts that attach the hinge to the trailer frame have a large diameter shoulder which acts like a rivet, holding the parts together very tightly. Since an aluminum trailer frame has a greater wall thickness, the shoulder won't have contact all the way through the metal, resulting in a looser fit. This is why they don't recommend...
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  • Tongue Extension Availability for Use With the 3 x 5 Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • To install the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101 you will simply need to cut your current trailer tongue so that you have the desired length that is foldable (see attached customer photo). Because of this we do not have any extension for your trailer tongue or one that is pre-tapped. The hinge has a max weight rating of 9,000 lbs but that all depends on where the hinge is installed. You will want to use the attached table to help you determine how or...
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3 x 5 Tongue Mount to 3 x 4 Tongue
  • While you can use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101 your 3" x 4" trailer tongue, you would not be able to do it with the Titan adapter you mentioned. Instead, to mount this hitch kit to your tongue you would need to have 1/2" spacers welded to the sides of the tongue in order to get it to work. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101.
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301
  • Yes, the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 will work on trailer tongue that is galvanize as it is zinc-coated as well.
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  • How to Replace the Master Cylinder on an Atwood Actuator 85778
  • We actually have a video showing how to replace the master cylinder on an Atwood surge brake actuator like your part 85778 which I have linked for you to reference. In the video you can see that once you remove the 4 screws the master cylinder can be removed but there is a gasket that seals it to the cover of your actuator so it may be a little difficult to initially move.
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  • Can a Titan Aero 7500 Drum Brake Actuator be Used with Disc Trailer Brakes
  • Since brake actuator # T4839000 is a drum brake actuator you will have to replace the master cylinder with # T4714200042 which is the one for disc bake applications. Disc brakes require more psi to activate the brakes so you cannot use the drum master cylinder because it will not be strong enough. Nothing else about the actuator will have to be changed. You can use the same brake lines as well. But if the trailer currently has steel lines going to the drum brake wheel cylinders you will...
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  • Is There a Fold-Away Trailer Tongue Coupler Kit for a 3x4 Trailer Frame
  • I do have a fold-away trailer tongue coupler kit that will work on a 3x4 trailer frame, the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit part # FHDPB350101. That said, you will need to use shims/spacers to fill the rest of the gap. This is actually explained in the instructions and very common so no need to worry.
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  • Replacing Swing-Away Brake Actuator on 2010 Mastercraft Boat Trailer
  • As long as your 2010 Mastercraft Boat Trailer is equipped with a 3 inch x 5 inch tongue and weighs less than 7,500 pounds when loaded the Titan Swing-Away Actuator # T4839100 that you were looking at will work great as a replacement. This particular unit maintains the swinging function you had before for easier storage and the electric reverse lockout lets you reverse the trailer without the brakes engaging. If you happen to have a 3 inch x 3 inch or 3 inch x 4 inch tongue you can actually...
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  • Option for Extending a 3 inch by 3 inch Trailer Tongue
  • The only way I can recommend a tongue extender for your trailer that has a 3 inch by 3 inch channel is to remove your current coupler, install the hinge kit part # FHDPW330300 in place of it and then install your coupler onto a length of 3 by 3 channel, and then install this into the other end of the hinge kit. This will give you an extension for the tongue of your trailer and will allow you to fold the coupler back for an additional clearance if needed. Otherwise you would need...
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  • Selecting New Flexible Brake Line After Coupler Hinge Kit Install on Trailer
  • You will need to shorten the existing brake line by coiling it inside the stationary part of the tongue (always coil from the top down not bottom up or sideways) or by cutting the line, reinstalling the fitting in the correct direction on the line and double flaring the end of the cut brake line. Make sure that you do not install a flexible line that is too short, which would be damaged when the coupler is opened. Also keep in mind if you install a flexible line that is too long, it...
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  • Adapting Folding Coupler for 3 x 3 Trailer Tongues for Use on 2-1/2-Inch Trailer Frame
  • Since we do not offer a folding coupler designed for 2-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch trailer tongues you can use the Fulton folding coupler # FHDPB330301 along with shims to make up the 1/2-inch difference in trailer tongue height and width. The material you add to the trailer's tongue should completely fill the mounting area on the folding coupler so that there is full contact between the tongue and the interior of the coupler. These shims should be welded into place by a qualified welder. This...
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  • Will the Swing-Away Actuator T4839100 Work On a 2007 Sea Ray 230 Trailer
  • The Swing-Away Actuator part # T4839100 that you referenced works with 3" wide x 3" tall, 3" wide x 4" tall, and 3" wide x 5" tall trailer frames. Therefore, if you have one of these three frame sizes then the actuator will work for you. However, if you have either the 3" wide x 3" tall or 3" wide x 4" tall then you will also need the Titan Adapter Kit part # T4842100 (Qty. 2 for 3" wide x 3" tall and Qty. 1 for 3" wide x 4" tall). I think you meant to say that you have an electric lockout,...
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  • Where Should a Fulton Fold Away hinge be Located on a Single Jet Ski Trailer
  • There are certain maximum pivots you can go up to depending on the gross trailer weight and tongue weight. You will first need to stay within those guidelines as described in the picture I have included. To me, it seems like the best and safest place to put the hinge would be forward of a jack or winch so as not to put stress on the hinge.
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  • Where to Attach the Safety Chains After Installing the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • You will need to locate the safety chains before the cut that is made to install the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge, # FHDPB330301, to be in compliance with DOT regulations. Normally the chains are welded to the bottom or side of the trailer framing, and ran forward. I would have a qualified weldor, weld a Safety Chain Loop, # E950, to the bottom of the trailer frame, before the fold way cut, and then attach safety chains, like part # 2118-348-04, with Safety Chain Quick Links, # 2114-553-04....
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  • Fulton Trailer Hinge Replacement Bolt Size
  • We don't carry the replacement bolt you'd need for the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 but the bolt is a 5/8 inch diameter Grade 5 bolt so your best bet would be to find a nut and bolt that matches that at a local hardware store. You'll want to use a lock nut too.
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  • How To Determine Which Fulton Coupler Hinge Kit For Boat Traier
  • You will want to measure the size of your trailer tongue to determine what size hinged coupler kit is needed. The hinged coupler kits fit the 2 x 3 inch, 3 x 3 inch, 3 x 4 inch, and 3 x 5 inch tongue size. You will also want to make sure when installing the hinged coupler kit that the distance at which you install the hinge on the trailer tongue will still allow you to maintain the correct weight capacity and tongue weight for your boat and trailer. The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge...
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  • Can the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler, FHDPB330301, Be Mounted So It Folds Upward?
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, FHDPB330301, is only designed to be mounted in a side fold position. Testing has not been done for the fold up mounting position and there are other variables to consider such as safety and interference with trailer parts or the boat itself.
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  • Swing Away Hinge Kit Recommendation for Boat Trailer
  • It sounds like you have a standard pole tongue trailer and are looking for a swing away hinge kit. We offer a few of these kits that are designed to fit several frame sizes. The part # FHDPB350101 will work if you have a 3 by 5 inch trailer tongue, part # FHDPB330301 will fit 3 x 3 and the part # FHDPB230101 will fit 2 x 3. You will need to measure your trailer tongue so that you can pick out the correct kit. I attached an install video that shows how a kit like this will install.
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  • Does Capacity for Swing Away Trailer Hinge FHDPB350101 Apply to Trailer's Weight with Boat
  • The capacity of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB350101 which is 9,000 lbs applies to the entire weight of the trailer and it's contents. So if it's a boat trailer that would include the boat and the trailer. Also depending on where you make the cut on the trailer the capacity can be affected.
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  • How to Extend Trailer Tongue By 36 Inches
  • We have a folding trailer tongue hinge that could work for the purpose you describe, as long as your trailer frame isn't constructed of aluminum. You could use the Fulton Fold Away Coupler Hinge, part # FHDPW330300. The hinge kit is designed for 3 x 3 trailer tongues, so you'd need to use some steel plate to shim the width/height difference. You'd need to obtain a 36 inch length of 2.5 x 2.5 tubing to complete your extension. I've linked to a product description video featuring the...
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  • Should I Use a Bolt On or a Weld on Fold Away Coupler On a Shorelander Trailer with 3x3 Frame
  • I more or less agree with you. The Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit for 3 x 3 inch Trailer Tongue - Weld-On, item # FHDPW330300, is a cleaner look and if you got a bad weld job you would not have a safe setup. I have done some welding, I am in no way a professional weldor, and in my limited experience a good weld will not fail before the steel it is welded to will fail. If you like the clean look of the weld on I would have a certified weldor perform the operation. If you take the trailer to...
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  • Replacement Bolt And Pin For Fold Away Tongue Trailer Coupler
  • For your Fourwinns Trailer with fold away tongue, we have complete kits based on frame size like the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 3" Tongue - Bolt On - Up to 5,000 lbs # FHDPB330301. We don't carry the individual bolts, but we do carry the pins in 3 sizes. Replacement Pivot Pin for Fulton Coupler Hinge Kits - 5/8" x 6-1/2" Long # F500336 Replacement Pivot Pin for Fulton Coupler Hinge Kits - 5/8" x 4-1/2" Long # F500334 Replacement Pivot Pin for Fulton Coupler Hinge...
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  • Is Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Safe to Use for Towing
  • The Fulton Fold-Away coupler # FHDPB350101 is rated to tow up to 9,000 lbs. All the parts and mechanics are safe for towing up to that weight. The castings are solid and the hardware is high quality. At this time we do not have any stores in your area but we do have it in stock at our warehouse. We can can ship directly to you, ground service to Mass.
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  • Can Trailer Fold Away Hinge Kits be Used with Surge Brake Actuators
  • You can use a Fulton Hinge kit like the part # FHDPB330301 that you referenced as long as you have a flexible brake line across the hinge like the part # T0776500.
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  • Fold Away Trailer Coupler Hinge Kit Recommendation for a 3 by 5 inch Trailer Frame
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB350101 that you referenced is confirmed to fit 3 inch by 5 inch trailer frames so it would work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Compatibility of Fulton FHDPB230101 Fold-Away Hinge Kit with Malone MPG596XV2 LowMax Trailer
  • Your Malone MPG596XV2 Malone LowMax XtraLight Trailer has a removable tongue that's pretty easy to install and remove for storing the trailer in a garage or other tight spaces which would tend to make a hinge kit unnecessary. This being said, the trailer has a tongue that is constructed of 3 x 2 inch galvanized steel tubing, so it would indeed be compatible with the Fulton # FHDPB230101 bolt-on fold away hinge kit you'd mentioned. I've linked to a demonstration video featuring the fold...
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  • What Size Is the Pivot Pin for the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • If you have a Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit like part # FHDPB330301 then the pivot pin is 5/8" diameter x 4-1/2" long. This can be replaced with the Replacement Pivot Pin for Fulton Coupler Hinge Kits part # F500334.
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  • Inside Dimensions of Fulton FHDPW330300 Fold-Away Trailer Coupler Hinge
  • The Fulton # FHDPW330300 fold away coupler hinge is designed to slide over a 3 x 3 inch trailer tongue, so the inside dimension is just slightly larger than 3 x 3. To install, you'd cut the trailer tongue at the point where you'd like it to fold, slide the hinge over the tube and weld it into place. The hinges aren't intended for use on aluminum trailer frames. Fulton also makes bolt on hinges for a 3 x 4 tube, part # FHDPB340301 or 3 x 5 tubes, part # FHDPB350101. I've linked to...
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  • Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit Recommendation for a Trailer Carrying a 1800 lb Pontoon Boat
  • There are a couple factors you need to consider when determining what the maximum pivot length you could use on your trailer. You will need to consider the gross vehicle weight of your trailer as well as the maximum tongue weight that the trailer will see. The reason you will need to consider these factors is because the more of the tongue that is beyond the folded portion of the Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit the more leverage the weight of the trailer will have on the hinge and the easier...
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  • Replacement Bolt and Pin Recommendation for a Fulton Fold Away Coupler Hinge
  • Yes we do, the correct replacement pivot pin for the Fulton Fold Away Couplers like the part # FHDPB330301 that you referenced would be the # F500334.
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  • Solution for Needing Replacement Coupler Master Cylinder for Atwood
  • Atwood has been out of the coupler business for long enough that there are no longer any replacement master cylinders for their actuators. Best option is a new coupler/actuator with the Demco part # DM72VR.
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit Work in Aluminum Boat Trailer with Galvanized Steel Tongue
  • I spoke with my contact at Fulton regarding the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 referenced in your question. He stated that as long as the tongue on your aluminum trailer is indeed constructed of solid, galvanized steel, you can use this hinge kit without issue. This will be a bolt-on installation and is designed for 3 inch x 3 inch trailer tongues. I have attached the complete installation details along with a short video demonstration on this product that you can also check out.
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  • Installation Instructions for a Shorter Boat Trailer Fold Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • The length of the fold away can be shortened in most circumstances. If you have a 3 x 5 inch trailer tongue then the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, item # FHDPB350101, can be used and the extension out front can be cut to any length shorter than the maximum pivot length listed in the chart I have linked. As an example, this means that if your gross trailer weight, loaded and ready to tow, is 7,500 pounds and the tongue weight is 750 pounds, your pivot length can be 27 inches (maximum)...
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  • Troubleshooting Up and Down Play with Fulton Swing Away Hinge Kit on a Magic Tilt Boat Trailer
  • Thanks for sending pictures! The titanium shims you installed are just fine, but note that the inch of play is absolutely normal per my contact at Cequent Corporation. The Fulton Fold-Away coupler hinge kit you referenced is most likely very similar to # FHDPB330301. Your aluminum trailer is not intended to work with the coupler hinge kit because it's steel. Drilling holes on your aluminum Magic Tilt boat trailer is a safety concern and over time it will break.
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  • How Much of the Trailer Tongue Needs to Go Inside Each End of a Fulton Trailer Tongue Hinge Kit
  • The trailer tongue will need to go in at least 3 inches on each side of Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301 to retain strength and structural integrity. You may be able to have another inch of the same size tubing welded to the short end so that it gets the full 3 inches. Welding should be performed by a qualified professional welder.
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  • Availability of Folding 3 x 3-Inch Trailer Tongue Coupler for Aluminum Trailer
  • We do offer a number of different fold-away couplers for various sizes of straight trailer tongues but these are intended only for use on steel trailer frames. Aluminum trailers, for all their good non-corrosive and lightweight nature, are simply not strong enough to allow the attachment of a hinged tongue mechanism like # FHDPB330301 and the others shown on the linked page. You can make absolutely sure by contacting Shorelander with your trailer's VIN number. As the maker of your trailer...
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  • Fulton Fold Away Hinge Kit 3x3 Fit on Trailer Tongue that is 7-3/4 inches Long
  • You would need to install the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 on the smaller 3 inch by 3 inch section of the tongue on the coupler. It would fit on your trailer that has a length there of 7-3/4 inches and would work well. It would add a bit of length to the tongue when folded out, but it still would fit and work just fine.
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  • Can You Move the Pivot Pin on a Fulton Fold-Away Coupler to Change Swing Direction
  • You can install the Fulton Fold-Away coupler with the pivot pin in either hole. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully when you install the Fold-Away.
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  • Should a Folding Coupler Hinge Kit be Welded All the Way Around the Trailer Tongue
  • Actually, welding the folding hinge kit, # FHDPW330300, all the way around would prevent side to side movement of the tongue inside of the hinge so it is permissible to weld all the way around. The complete top and bottom and just a smaller bit on each side would also work. If it were me, I would make it as secure as possible.
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  • Coiling Steel Brake Line without Kinking It
  • There are some simple little pipe benders that you can get at a hardware store that will allow you to bend steel lines without kinking them. You can usually do it by hand by carefully bending the line around something like a soda or coffee can. You always want the highest point in the brake line to be at the master cylinder. So when you coil the line you want it to spiral down to the wheel. Any time you are adding, removing, or replacing brake lines you are likely going to lose some...
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  • Fulton Fold Away Hinge Kit Recommendation for Trailer Tongue that is 2.75 by 2.75 inch
  • The 3 inch by 3 inch hinge kit part # FHDPW330300 is the correct hinge you'll need, but since your trailer frame is a bit smaller than 3 inch you'll need to use spacers on the frame to take up the additional clearance so that it fits tightly.
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  • Replacement Surge Brake Actuator for Titan Aero 6000 for Disc Brakes
  • A Titan Aero 7500 will fit in place of your Titan Aero 6000 but the only one available for disc brakes is the Swing-Away Actuator w/ Electric Lockout # T4839100. This fits a 3" x 5" channel tongue but can fit a 3" x 4" or 3" x 3" with adapter spacers kit # T4842100 or # T4842100 accordingly. If you are looking for more of a traditional actuator then you can use either the 7.5K # 099-175-20 (with 3" distance between bolt holes) or the 8K # T4747220 (with a few different bolt holes).
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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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  • How Much Clearance Needed Between Bed Rails and Bottom of 5th Wheel Trailer Overhang
  • We recommend that there be at least 6 inches between the bottom of the cab overhang and the top of the truck bed rails on your 6-1/2-foot bed truck. Anything less than this bare minimum could result in contact between the truck and trailer when driving on hilly roads where the nose of the trailer is still going downhill and the rear of the truck is heading uphill. My research on the PUMA indicates a pin weight of 1026 lbs and a dry weight of 6910 lbs. I cannot say exactly how much rear...
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  • Selecting Replacement Boat Trailer Coupler for Four Winns Trailer
  • If you are referring to a folding coupler hinge to allow for easier trailer storage, like part # FHDPB350101 that you referenced, we do offer a range of bolt-on and weld-on types in various weight capacities and designed for several tongue sizes. All such folding couplers can be seen on the link provided. You can sort the results using the filters in the left-hand margin. If you are referring to a coupler to attach to your hitch ball we offer straight tongue couplers and brake actuator...
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  • Replacement Clevis Pin for Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • We offer two clevis pins that come close to the dimension you're looking for. The # MT70053 measures 5/8 of an inch in diameter and 3-5/8 inches long. Part # 586H measures 5/8 by 6 inches long. If you were looking for a replacement clevis pin for the Fulton folding trailer tongue, we do offer those. For a hinge for a 3x3 tongue, use # F500334 For a 3x4 tongue, use # F500335 For a 3x5 tongue, use # F500336
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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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  • Measuring for Fulton Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 and Maximum Hinge Distance Allowed from Tongue
  • You will want to measure the size of your trailer tongue to determine what size hinged coupler kit is needed. The hinged coupler kits fit the 2 x 3 inch, 3 x 3 inch, 3 x 4 inch, and 3 x 5 inch tongue size. You will also want to make sure when installing the hinged coupler kit that the distance you put the hinge at on the trailer tongue will still allow you to maintain the correct weight capacity and tongue weight for your boat and trailer. The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, part...
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  • What Would Tongue Weight Capacity be Using Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit w/3,100 Pound Trailer
  • If we go by the max pivot length chart, see picture, at 3,100 pounds the tongue weight maximum would be 310 pounds (since in the chart the max tongue load is 10 percent of the gross trailer weight). If your tongue weight is 180 pounds now then it will still be plenty low enough with a longer, folding tongue.
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  • Hinge Kit Recommendation for Trailer with Pole Tongue that Measures 2-1/2 inch Square
  • What you would need is the # FHDPW330300. This is a hinge for a 3 by 3 inch trailer tongue. You'd need to have a welder put 1/4 inch spacers above and below the tube so that it fits yours that is only 2-1/2 inches tall.
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  • Recommended Tool to Cut Trailer Tongue to Install Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPB330301
  • There are several different tools that could be used. A reciprocating saw is a fairly common tool that most will have access to. An angle grinder with a thin cut-off wheel would also work. If money were no object, a hand-held band saw would be ideal. Whichever tool you decide on, it is very important that the cut be perfectly straight. Use some c-clamps to clamp a straight edge onto the trailer tongue for the saw or cut-off wheel to follow. Keep in mind that the pivot length (length...
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  • Fold-Away Coupler Hinge For 2x3 Trailer Tongue
  • I recommend using the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge kit part # FHDPB230101 that fits a 2"x3" trailer tongue. It comes with all the hardware needed to install. Please keep in mind the trailer tongue material thickness must be between.188" and.120" to use this product. I have attached a diagram that explains where to install the fold-away and a video for your reference.
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  • Swing-Away Tongue For Aluminum Trailer With Galvanized Steel Tongue
  • For your aluminum trailer with a galvanized steel tongue (swing-away tongues cannot be used on aluminum tongues), you'll need a die-cast steel tongue with a zinc finish from Fulton. The correct fit is going to depend on the size of your trailer tongue, as well as the thickness of the material of your current tongue, which must have a thickness between 0.188" and 0.120". If your trailer tongue's material thickness meets that requirement you can choose from the following, based on your...
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  • What Tools are Needed to Install Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301
  • The tools needed to install the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301, are as follows. 1/2 inch drive ratchet 7/16 inch socket (for Torx bit) Drill bits: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 Safety glasses Clamp Jack stand 15/16 open end wrench and socket Metal cutting saw Torque wrench (capable of 80 foot pounds) Gloves Square Wheel chocks 3/4 inch open end wrench and socket 1/2 inch chuck drill Tape measure Centerpunch Hammer
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  • Hardware for Fulton 3x3 Fold-Away Coupler
  • The hardware would be available with the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 3" Tongue - Bolt On # FHDPB330301. This kit does come with the tongue, as well as the mounting hardware, as that is not available separately. I've added a link to a video review of this product for you to take a look at.
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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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  • How to Install the Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit, # FHDPB230101 for 2 Inch by 3 Inch Tongues
  • To install the Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit, # FHDPB230101, you would need to cut the tongue at the point you want it to pivot. Then, slide the two sides of the hinge over the newly cut ends of the tongue. They slide on about 3 inches on each side. To find the maximum pivot length for your trailer, use the table at the bottom of the product page for Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit, # FHDPB230101.
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit be Used on Pontoon Trailer and Capacity When Cut to 36 inch
  • As long as your trailer has a 3x4 inch trailer tongue the hinge kit part # FHDPB340301 will fit and work well. When using the hinge at the 36 inch length the capacity would be 6,000 lb total trailer weigh and 600 lb tongue weight.
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  • Can Fulton Coupler Hinge Kits Fold Up Instead of to the Side
  • I might have a solution for you, but the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB230101, was designed to be mounted to where the tongue will fold to the side. Mounting the hinge kit to where the tongue would fold up provides no lateral stability and should not be used in this way. It sounds like your trailer frame is 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. What you could use instead would be the 3 inch by 3 inch hinge kit part # FHDPB330301 and then use a spacer on your trailer frame so...
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  • Items Included in Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPW330300
  • Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPW330300 includes the two halves of the main coupler housing, mounting hardware and both a pivot bolt (and nut) and a pivot pin with handle and cotter pin. These items are shown in the linked photo. A center punch for dimpling the material prior to drilling is NOT included. Please note that this item's weight rating is dependent on the actual pivot length as noted in the linked chart. Capacity drops as pivot length increases.
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  • How to Use Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3 x 5 Tongue on 3 x 4 Tongue
  • There isn't an option for a swing-away coupler on a 3" x 4" tongue, but you can still use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101. In order to use this kit on a 3" x 4" tongue, you would simply need to have 1/2" spacers welded to both sides of your trailer tongue. I have added a link below to a video review for you to check out as well of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101.
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  • Why do Safety Chains Have to be Behind Fulton Fold-Away Coupler
  • The chains need to be to the rear of the coupler of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 3" Tongue - Bolt On - Up to 5,000 lbs # FHDPB330301 because it is a DOT regulation, for which quality and reliability of a product has no bearing. Specifically it requires the chains to be attached to "any point to the rear of the attachment point" based on my research. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301.
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  • How To Determine Where To Cut The Tongue When Installing Fold-away Trailer Tongue Hinge
  • To measure for a fold-away trailer tongue hinge you want to first measure the size of your trailer tongue, for example Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge part # FHDPB330301 is for 3" x 3" trailer tongues. To determine where to cut the tongue, you want to go by the gross trailer weight rating of the trailer which gives you the max pivot point length in inches. The measurement is from the center of the coupler ball pocket to the desired length as long as you don't exceed the max pivot length...
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  • Weld-On Fold-Away Coupler Hinge for 3x3 Inch Trailer Tongue
  • Technically you could weld on the bolt-on hinge # FHDPB330301, but instead, just use the weld-on version, # FHDPW330300. The bolt-on one is not meant to be welded on so the warranty would be voided if not installed the way it was intended. Plus the actual weld-on one costs less. The other issue is that the bolt-on version is zinc coated so that could cause some toxic gasses to be released when welding.
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  • Could Trailer Safety Chains Attach to the Inside of a Trailer Coupler Channel
  • Running safety chains on a trailer on the inside of the channel would be pretty difficult as it would be hard to secure them to the inside of the channel and it would get a bit complicated where the chains come out since they would be right where the coupler attaches to the ball. With that being said, if you can find a qualified fabricator who could securely attach safety chains/cables to the inside of your frame channel what you are asking about would be feasible. You would just...
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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit be Used on Aluminum Trailer with Steel Tongue
  • If the tongue portion of your trailer is steel then yes you can attach a hinge kit like the part # FHDPB330301 which is for 3 x 3 inch trailer tongues. Or the part # FHDPB350101 which is for 3 x 5 inch frames.
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  • Weight Capacity of Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Part # FHDPB330301
  • I have spoken with one of our contacts at Fulton, who tell me that exceeding that 5000 lb capacity is NOT recommended. The Fold-Away kit is designed for a static weight of up to 5000 lbs, but that figure can be momentarily exceeded each time you hit a bump or a pothole. I would recommend taking your boat to a truck scale to verify the actual weight of the boat and trailer. If you find that you are under the 5000 lb figure, the Fulton Fold-Away kit would work very well for you.
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  • Could the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 be Used to Extend a Trailer Coupler
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 that you referenced is designed to be installed on a 3 inch by 3 inch trailer tongue to allow it to be folded away. If you wanted to make an extension for your trailer you would need to find a section of 3 inch by 3 inch pipe, remove your trailer's current coupler, install the # FHDPB330301 in place of it, and then attach the coupler to the section of 3 inch by 3 inch square pipe you bought, and then install the piece with the coupler...
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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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  • Can Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 Be Used on Aluminum Watercraft Trailer
  • The Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPB330301 that you referenced cannot be used with an aluminum-frame trailer. This is true for both weld-on and bolt-on kits. The issue is not due to difficulties related to welding aluminum (though this would be a separate concern) but rather has to do with welding different metals (with different melting points). Steel-frame trailer tongues have the rigidity and strength to allow use of a folding coupler but an aluminum trailer tongue does not.
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  • What is Recommended Way to Place Holes for Installing Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit
  • That's not an ideal way to install the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit part # FHDPB330301 actually. If you check out the install video I attached you'll see how the recommended way to install the hinge. Unfortunately you really need to have the hinge and the tongue present together to install this the right way since the clearances are pretty tight. You'll want to fit the hinge to the tongue pieces and then use a punch to mark where to drill pilot holes and then enlarge as needed.
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  • Availability of Fulton Fold-Away Coupler for 3" x 4" Tongue
  • For your application you'll need to use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 3" x 5" Tongue # FHDPB350101 and then just use 1/2" shims to take up the extra space on either side. For some reason the 3" x 4" option has been discontinued by Fulton (June 2020) so that exact fit isn't available.
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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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  • Recommended Solution to Extend Boat Trailer Tongue
  • I may have a solution for you, but there isn't really a direct way to extend the tongue of your trailer 2 feet. However, you could potentially use the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit for 2" x 3" Tongue - Weld On - Up to 5,000 lb # FHDPW230300 and then swap the coupler to a different length of trailer frame that is the length that you need it to be. This would really be the only way to accomplish what you're wanting to do, but it will work. You'll want to make sure that the steel...
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  • Can Pivot Bolt Be Removed from Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit FHDPW330300
  • Yes, it is certainly possible to remove the pivot bolt from the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit # FHDPW330300 to enable you to separate the two halves of the assembly. Both the pivot pin and pivot bolt are included with this assembly and it is intended for use on steel trailer frames (but not aluminum frames). Also note that the weight capacity will be a function of the pivot length. This is detailed in the chart on the page, which I have also linked for you.
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