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Swivel Trailer Ball

Postby ghostler » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:13 pm

This may be a solution to trailers with standard non-swiveling hitches. Instead of replacing the trailer's receiver, replace the ball on the bike with this swiveling ball. I just found it on E-Bay and ordered it, $50 shipping included from South Carolina.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361121464608

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Re: Swivel Trailer Ball

Postby mountaineerxii » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:23 pm

I got one too, works great!

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Re: Swivel Trailer Ball

Postby ghostler » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:08 pm

I got feedback in another thread on caveats using such a swivel. My Harbor Freight 90153 12" wheel trailer is short coupled enough that it wants to sway at speeds about 70 mph. Thus I keep it under that. Such a swivel could cause the trailer to start slapping back and forth. Thus, I haven't really made use of it. Later, I'm thinking of going to a true swivel hitch on the trailer side.

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Re: Swivel Trailer Ball

Postby trikebldr » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:03 am

Where did you get that car-top carrier to put on the trailer? Your setup is very much like the one I used for many miles in the 80's, and I loved it. Can't seem to find that style of carrier anymore. They all seem to be really long, narrow and short for better aerodynamics.
The pics show the same trailer behind two different bikes pulling the same sidecar. The carrier was an X-Cargo from Sears. Now I have a very custom trailer that cost about four times what a simple one would cost new to put together. I do have more volume now, but not by much.
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Re: Swivel Trailer Ball

Postby ghostler » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:31 am

Back in 2014, I dropped by Sears shortly after purchasing my trailer chassis kit. They had the newer X-Cargo tops on display. The one that had the storage capacity of the previous model was now the middle in the line and a couple hundred bucks, very pricey. Salesman immediately spoke up, told me they had the last older display model in the back that was just removed, if I were interested, he'd make me a deal. I bought it for $70 tax included, plus it came with several left over hardware kits. I was a happy camper.
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