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    Default Homemade Trailer Hitch

    I have finished my design for a homemade trailer hitch and should start building it next week. I have acquired all of the off the shelf parts and the metal should be here this week. It's a pretty basic design, but I included a picture here so you could see what I am planning. I will be using this to move around a 20' utility trailer, a 8' utility trailer, and a 28' camping trailer.
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    Old 12-10-2010, 11:19 AM   #2
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    Looks good! I understand the 3 balls down low, but won't the ball on the top link be too high?
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    Looks good! I understand the 3 balls down low, but won't the ball on the top link be too high?
    not for a goose neck trailer
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    It's there for a gooseneck trailer. I don't even have one, but you never know! I'd hate to have to build another trailer hitch simply because I didn't allow for it.
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    Old 12-10-2010, 11:34 AM   #5
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    Now that is good planning ahead! Didn't even think about a Gooseneck!
    Looks like, from your other Threads, you are going to be a busy man next week!
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    Yeah, I figure it's better to knock it all out at once while I have access to a friends machine shop. I have most of the tools at my shop, but he has a REALLY nice hydraulic metal brake and plasma cutter which will make easy work of the loader and backhoe buckets.
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    Something to think about, but if you are gonna be using 2 different receivers (one with the 3 balls and one with a drawbar) put a holder for the extra one. I built it into mine and always have the two receivers with me at all times.

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    Newt is right... I would even add a couple hooks for using chains to drag or lift stuff...
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    I like the idea of having some hooks and places for holding extra accessories. I just recently bought some weld on hooks for my bucket project (needed 2 and bought 6) so I have some spares. As for the accessories, I will be shortening one of the receivers that I bought which will leave me a scrap of 2" receiver. I think I will cut some extra loops and weld them on as shown below to allow for 2 accessories to be carried. If I do it this way, I could even leave the pin in the accessory and it would keep the accessory from being jostled out of the loop.
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    Maybe a shorter lower receiver? That one sticks out a long way and shorter makes easier manoeuvering.

    I'm keeping an eye out for good ideas for that kind of rig for one of next years projects. There's a lot of space on the front side for accessories as well.
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    The picture is a little misleading. Not sure why the graphics program makes it look that way, but that lower receiver is only 12" long.
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    A foot is still too long, shorten it to 4". Any hitch head you put in is going to protrude from 4" to 14" further. If I make one it will be flush with and go through a 3"x 1/4" wall square tube drawbar to get the tongue weight as close as I can and for better manoeuverability.

    IDK about your 28' travel trailer, but my 24' has 2-30 lb. propane botles and 2 group 27 batteries on the tongue. That's a lot of tongue weight almost 4' behind your tractor axle. (c. 2' for 3PH arms, 1' for hitch receiver and c. 1' for the hitch head, if you use the one for your truck. Not to mention the weight of the head.)

    There's a lot of empty space between the "A" frame and the back of the tractor for accessories.
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    I would also make a pipe holder for a shovel handle...
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    This is the great part about these forums. You can start with a good idea, and then everyone helps to make it better.

    I have tried to incorporate a lot of your ideas into the design of this trailer hitch, and this is what I have come up with. I have shortened the receiver tube to 8" and butt welded from the sides with a support plate underneath. This leaves only 6" protruding away from the tractor which should be well within the 900lb lifting limit that I have at the end of the 3pt hitch as even my largest trailer only has about 200lb tongue weight.

    If I start with a 12" receiver tube (which is what I have) I will be able to cut 2 2" loops off of the end of the receiver hitch and use these to hold accessories. You will see in the pictures that I have these guys welded on the back of the trailer hitch.

    I have also added 2 weld hooks to the receiver for safety chains, or for pulling things (trees, etc). The third picture even shows the hitch with an optional chain bucket that could be fastened with a studs and keyholes arrangement to make it removable.

    Once I have the measurements for the quick hitch I want to buy I will finalize the width and height to be compatible with the quick hitch just in case. I may also have to move the accessory loops back to the front if they get in the way of the quick hitch, but for now I like them off the back.
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    Rockabye,

    I think everyone is saying you should design it closer to mine... Receiver tube UNDER the crossbar.



    You can also eliminate the diagonal braces from the upright to the crossbar, since the top link won't support side loading they won't have much load to bear.

    Also, I fine upper & lower chain grabs quite handy depending on what you're lifting/yanking/pulling.
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    Rockabye i like your last set of drawings there..
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    Just curious --- How are the hitch pins attached to the tubing? Are they easily replaced if they get damaged? Maybe a nut is welded inside the tube end?
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    That looks like its going to be a nice hitch system when its done! I would leave the upright supports since the gooseneck ball is up there to help distribute the load.

    Here's a picture of one I threw together after I bought the Kubota, used a bolt on receiver from HF, still need to add some hooks etc. and paint it (the notch was already cut in the lower section).

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    Thanks for the positive comments.

    I am going to use welded nuts inside the end plate of the tubes.

    Metal arrives tomorrow so hopefully this Sunday I will start cutting parts.
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    After spending about 3 hours at a friends house with a bandsaw and a plasma cutter I have knocked out most of the parts for not only the trailer hitch pictured here, but for a backhoe bucket, loader bucket, bucket buddy and quick hitch.

    As you can see from the pictures below, the design is coming together in metal. I should be welding most of this together tonight. I have also made the hitch pin plates, the gooseneck ball plate, and the toplink plates but they are not pictured here.
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    Old 12-23-2010, 07:57 PM   #21
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    I spent the evening welding together the hitch that we all sort of designed together. The only things I have left to add are the top link brackets and the weld-on hooks. Once that is complete I should be able to sand it, prime it and paint it John Deere Green!
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    That's looking pretty nice! Is that gooseneck ball screwed in or welded on?
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    The gooseneck ball is actually welded from the backside of the top plate. I was going to machine the tabs off the gooseneck nut and weld the nut to the plate but figured I will never in a million years break that 2 5/16 ball so I just slid it through the hole and welded it solid. Then I welded the top plate on.
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    For yard work of moving your trailer that top ball will be fine.. Very nice work..
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    Here is the final product. I have received a few requests for dimensions, so here is the cut list for the parts.

    The lower horizontal bar is 25 1/2" from end to end, the ends are cut square.
    The receiver hitch is 8" long. I started with a 12" hitch from Harbor Freight and cut 2 - 2" sections off of the hitch. These are the holders that are welded to the back.

    The side diagonals are 12" long cut at 45 degrees on each end.
    The receiver diagonal is 7" long cut at 45 degrees on each end.

    The vertical bar is cut at 16" long, the ends are cut square.

    There are 3 2" x 2" x 1/4" plates, one for each side of the horizontal bar, and one for the vertical bar.

    There are also 2 2" x 4" x 1/4 plates for the top link hookups.

    For welding together:
    1) Center and square the receiver hitch on the bottom horizontal bar and weld.
    2) Square and center the vertical bar on the top of the receiver hitch and weld.
    3) The side supports can be placed on and welded.
    4) The front hitch support is then welded.
    5) Draw pin nuts are welded to the 2 x 2 plates
    6) Plates are welded onto the horizontal bar
    7) 2 5/16 ball is welded to top plate, then top plate is welded on
    8) Top link plates are welded on
    9) Paint and then install draw pins. The draw pins with two sets of nuts are the best ones.
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    Very nice job, you can use that for a large variety of jobs. Thanks for the pics.
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    I'm loving the looks of all the uses for that unit.. VERY nice..
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