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Installation and Quality Details of the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301

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how far in does the 3x3 tubing go in the coupler ...like 1or 2 inches ????does it mess witth integerty of the trailer. will it bend /crack over stress/time ...bolt on or weld better

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When the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit, # FHDPB330301, is in the closed position, it measures 7-1/2 inches long. Each end of the trailer tongue will go in at least 3 inches and is held in place by 4 bolts a piece. When properly installed, the hinge will not degrade the integrity of the trailer or lower its capacity.

If you stay within the capacity and do not overload the trailer you should not have bending or cracking problems. If the pivot length is at the maximum of 34 inches, the capacity is 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 350 pounds tongue weight. If mounted at 24 inches, the capacity is 5,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 500 pounds tongue weight.

Units designed to be bolted on work just as well as those that can be welded on and vice versa. If using a weld on unit, like # FHDPW330300, the welding should be done by a qualified professional welder in a shop that works on trailers.

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