View Full Version : Pintle Hitch

03-30-2007, 11:42 PM
Anyone run these pintle hitches? I can't say I've ever seen them on any trucks on the road. I'm building a 4x4 trailer and I'm trying to figure out what kind of hitch I want to use.

03-31-2007, 07:24 AM
im pretty sure you need a real heavy trailor to make a pintle hitch worth while
otherwise it will be real loud and clunky

03-31-2007, 07:56 AM
ok then, what do I use as a hitch for my offroad trailer. I can't see a normal hitch being able to take a lot of abuse and angles.

03-31-2007, 08:11 AM
just bring a spare one ,there cheap , just dont weldit on

pintles work good but abit noisy unloaded ,they articulate better but that may be a bad thing if your trailer dosnt have the same

FU Toolbag
03-31-2007, 08:17 AM
I saw one awhile ago where the guy put a drop on his ball and had it hooked into a swivel where the receiver would normally be. It swiveled when needed and would stay upright with the weight of the trailer. I think he pinned it for the road, but was a pretty good setup.

m j
03-31-2007, 08:42 AM
pintles on heavy trucks are preloaded by an airpot so they are not banging around
a shoe is pressed againsnt the ring
they do make noise on sharp turns

03-31-2007, 09:04 AM
i only use mine for pulling people out so i nver noticed any banging

03-31-2007, 10:09 AM
what we did at work to avoid the noise situation was we used an old conveyor belt and cut little pieces out and zap-strapped them around the hitch to make a "rubber" connection. Worked great on the dump truck pulling a buggie trailer, just dont get pulled over my DOT

03-31-2007, 10:09 AM
my family uses pintles not as easy for someone to steal the trailor

03-31-2007, 09:44 PM
Definetly go with the pintle
reasons being
1st the pintle has way more angles of operation and it will never pop off like a ball.
THEIR F**ING BULLET PROOF Cant go wrong thats my setup but mine is rated for 20000pounds

03-31-2007, 11:19 PM
but wait till it seizes and you have to torch the pintle in half to get the trailor off (personal experience)

04-01-2007, 08:02 AM
yeah we use them at work for towing aircraft around (737's, hercs and 757's) so I can imagine it would more than strong enough for the trailer. I don't mind the whole noisiness of it really. Now is a pintle hitch legal by DOT on the highway?