Review of Ark Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - Off Road Coupler - AR44FR

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Ark Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - Off Road Coupler - AR44FR Review


Today we're going to take a look at the Ark trailer side articulating off-road coupler for 2" receivers. This coupler is ideal for off-road towing. It's a fully articulating coupler that'll insert into your trailers 2" receiver, and attaches to this included 2" hitch ball which would be mounted on your tow vehicle's ball mount. Most of the off-road trailers will use a 2" hitch receiver on the tongue of the trailer, and this articulating couplers would install into that 2" hitch receiver. It's ideal for the rigors of off-road towing. Does use a quick hitch locking system, which saves you time during hookup.

I'm going to demonstrate that. So what we're going to do is install it into this, have an example here of a 2" by 2" hitch receiver opening.What you'll do is just take your coupler and slide it all the way in till you get the hitch pin holes to line up. Once you got the hitch pin hole lined up, go ahead and put your pin through there. Put your clip on there, and now you'd be all ready to go. You can see there's an articulating feature.

It articulates this way. The quick hitch locking system is pretty nice because what you can do is here's the ball that'll be on your ball mount. It's showing unlocked. So right here, if I turn this, you'll see this red area that says unlock. That means you're ready to go onto the hitch ball.

So what you'll do is align this coupling head over the tow ball and then lower that head over the tow ball completely. Once it's completely onto the tow ball, what you'll do is just raise the safety catch lever here and you can see that it engages the auto locking. So the ball's automatically locked in there, and then it releases it to allow it to articulate this way. And then you can even articulate this way. So when you're doing your off-road trailering, it's not going to come disconnected.And then to remove it, all you have to do is push up on this safety catch lever, twist this over to where it'll say unlocked, and it latches into place and unlocks from the ball.

And now you're all ready to hook up again. You do want to always make sure that when it releases that the screen that says locked would be showing before you do any towing. It does have grease Zerk fittings on all the moving components. There's two right here. You can see that you're going attach your grease gun to lubricate it to ensure the couplers lubricate it for anything and there's even a Zerk fitting right here to lubricate the movement for it right here. This is a nice steel construction. It's tough enough to handle any environment. It is J684 compliant, has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, and the ball is also stamped at the top 5,000 pounds.Last thing I want to do is just give you the measurement. Let me turn it this way so you can see from the center of this hitch pin hole to the center of the ball coupler. If we go from the center right here to the hitch pin holes are 13-3/4". But again, just to demonstrate one more time, it's all ready to be coupled, so you just lower this down over the ball. Once it gets completely down over the ball, just push that up and then you can see the green showing, it means it's locked and you're all ready to go just like that. That should do it for the review on the Ark trailer side articulating off-road coupler for 2" receivers.


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