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post #1 of 6 Old Feb 14th, 2008, 4:06 pm Thread Starter
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To swivel or not swivel

Hello all

I have my trailer selection narrowed down to two and my hitch choice is going to be the dauntless, so now I pose the next question to all the trailer pulling gurus on the site.

Do you use a swivel hitch or a fixed one? I have read both plus and minus and an leaning on having one installed.

Is there any other option that you would not do without if you were buying a new trailer? Or just love on your existing one!

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post #2 of 6 Old Feb 14th, 2008, 6:00 pm
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Re: To swivel or not swivel

My LT got blown over hard by a gust of wind (really) after I got stopped by DA MAN for speeding. The trailer popped off the ball (even with a lock on it) and the tongue got tweeked a bit since it is fairly flimsy to begin with. I used a long pry bar to un-tweek it. No worse for the wear, I've pulled it thousands of miles since then. No damage to the hitch or ball.

The good thing about it was DA MAN took the ticket back and ripped it up since he felt sorry for me. Whooda thunk an Arizona State Trooper could have a heart of gold? It took him (at about 6'5" and 240) and me (at 6' and 215) and the little woman (at 5'4" and 120) to get the LT back upright. Nothing like working uphill on a gravel covered shoulder.

I think they're a good idea - and if I was building mine all over again I would include one - even though I would have gotten a VERY expensive ticket if I had it!
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post #3 of 6 Old Feb 14th, 2008, 6:39 pm
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Re: To swivel or not swivel

Like Ron pointed out the standard ball setup can and will come off even when it is locked on,

granted it is going to take an extreme event for this to happen but.....
should your machine "go down"
I think it would be better if the trailer stayed behind it
rather than break loose and cause the "tumbling"/"sliding" rider and passenger more concern.

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post #4 of 6 Old Feb 14th, 2008, 6:41 pm
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Re: To swivel or not swivel

I have a swivel and like it, if for nothing but my peace-of-mind !!
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post #5 of 6 Old Feb 15th, 2008, 1:18 am
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Went with the Quantum, so the swivel came as standard. 25,000 kms later I believe it's the best way to go. Stationary drops, although less frequent now cause no grief, within a band of 45 degrees either side. Glad to have the swivel for sure.

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post #6 of 6 Old Feb 15th, 2008, 4:45 am Thread Starter
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Re: To swivel or not swivel

Thank you all, thats the input I was looking for! I will be going to Elkarht Ind on Monday to make a final decision on the trailer, looking forward too many future adventures.

Thanks for the help.

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