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Binding on Trailer hitch extension
It can be a challenge to pull the
tongue extension out. If there is upward pressure on the ball end of the bar
forcing the other end of the bar down binding will result. The
lip welded on the cross piece at the aft end of the tongue helps
distribute the weight from the forward to the back of the
on, I tried to extend the tongue by hand but it was too
stiff. I greased the tongue but all that did was attract sand
and dirt making it even harder to slide in and out and I ended
up with black grease stains all over everything. What a mess!
Hunter recommends using the vehicle to extend the tongue. Some
people also advise slacking the winch cable before pulling the
extension out and making sure the tongue is level.
I have not
found a gentle way to do this. I block the trailer wheels and
use my car to extend and contract the tongue. This works OK for
pulling the bar out, but by using the car to slide it back in
place I have distorted the crossbar a couple of inches in the
middle where the tongue slams into the crossbar. Most of the
summer the boat is on a mooring, but when I dry slip the boat I
leave the tongue extended in between sails and I now try to keep
the tongue from slamming into the crossbar.
Getting the extension pin in and out can also be a struggle. I
use a large heavy duty screwdriver to align the top and bottom
holes. One owner reports good results using a large marlin spike
to align the hole. Another has ground the stock pin to a
point. A hammer is sometimes needed to align the holes and drive
the pin home.
I'm going to take the whole thing out of the tube, clean it
good, straighten the cross bar, and try to come up with a better
technique for pulling the tongue in and out.