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Demco Flat Mount Trailer Coupler - - DM12653-97 Review

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Review of Demco Trailer Coupler DM12653-97

Today we're going to be taking a look at Part Number DM12653-97, this is the Demco Trailer Coupler with the Flat Plate Mount. It's designed for 2 and 5/16 inch hitch balls, the heavy duty coupler is designed to bolt right onto your trailer. That's going to have an eZ latch that's going to secure fast easy hook up and disconnect. This heavy duty ball coupler lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle providing the connection point for your 2 and 5/16 inch hitch ball. It's going to be ideal for utility, livestock, cargo and construction trailers. Now this coupler features a simple to use latching mechanism, it's going to be known as the eZ latch.

With this mechanism, hooking up is as easy as dropping the coupler over your trailer hitch ball. The latch does not need to be tugged, disengaged or manually activated to allow the ball into the coupler socket. Nor does it have to be secured in place. All you have to do is make sure the coupler is lined up with the ball. When you lower it the weight is going to allow this unit to connect to the hitch ball, everything else is automatic. The hitch ball simply just snaps into the socket.

The mechanism gets a good grip on the ball and there's no need to secure it up here, this lever is not going to disengage unless you pull the trigger right here underneath it. Once it's in there, it's going to be secured very easy. To disengage, all you have to do is lift up on the lever and a mechanism is going to automatically release its grip on the ball. You can see how the inside has just got your standard mechanism in there. With the lever up, it opens up, that way it's going to easily disengage from your connection. Now you're going to have the flat mounting plate, this is going to bolt directly to your trailer.

Square design so these bolt holes are going to be separated. Center on center about 4 and 1/2 inches that's going to be the same separation between each. The overall dimensions of the mounting plate, that's going to measure 6 and 1/2 inches by 6 and 1/2 inches. The diameter of these holes are going to measure just over 3/4 of an inch, it's designed to accept 3/4 inch hardware. It's made from a sturdy steel construction, nice prime finish.

Weight capacity is 21,000 pounds on this unit. One of the last things I was to point out, is you're going to notice a couple of small holes, one up here by the latch and then one down here and it's right above the socket. These holes are going to measure 5/16 of an inch, they're going to be located on each side. That's going to allow you to install, a coupler pin and lock. Now a coupler pin and lock is not included, it's going to be sold separately. A coupler pin and lock is going to allow you to secure your trailer. It's all about theft prevention, so if your trailer is unattended, you can throw in a coupler pin and lock in either of these locations. That's going to keep the mechanism from being able to operate, nobody else is going to be able to come and be able to hook up to your trailer and run off with it. You can also install a coupler pin and lock when this is attached to your tow vehicle. That's going to keep anybody from being able to operate the mechanism. It's going to keep anybody from being able to disconnect your trailer from your set up and move it to theirs. A couple measurements to go over with that. Again those hole diameters are going to measure 5/16 of an inch. The span that we have is about, it looks to be 1 and 1/8 of an inch. You need to make sure the span of the pin will accommodate that. If you want to one down here, that span is going to measure pretty close to 3 inches. That's going to do it for our review of Part Number DM12653-97, this is the Demco Trailer Coupler for 2 and 5/16 inch hitch balls. .