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Slack When Towing with Convert-A-Ball Pintle Hook Combo

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I’ve got a Pintle/ball hitch combination and I was wondering if you had any advice for taking up slack when I’m pulling my Pintle trailer. When hooked up, the ring has more space to move in the closed Pintle than it does on a normal standard Pintle hitch, so stop and starting, the trailer likes to take up that slack and slam forward or backward more when using my combination hitch. Thanks in advance!

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When using a Pintle Ball combination hitch like the # PH1 , a certain amount of slack is inevitable because the opening is much larger than if you were using a standard pintle hitch. If you're not already using the 2-5/16" hitch ball, I would recommend using that. The other thing you could try is using the smallest Inner Diameter Lunette Ring like the Demco # DM09557-81 , which has a 6" outer diameter/3" inner diameter and will generally take up more space in the Pintle Ball combo hitch while also giving the tightest fit around the hitch ball, so there's less room for it to move around.

Unfortunately, this is one of the side effects of using a Pintle setup like this and it's tough to avoid the slack that you're experiencing.

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