Re: Trailer hitches
- This trailer hitch thread go me looking at instructables were I found this cool hack: http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-Hitch-for-bike-trailer/
It may well have the amazing range of motion you are looking for.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...> wrote:
> Seems to me, based on using and looking at car and truck hitches, that
> a pintle hook type of arrangement would be excellent. On motor
> vehicles there is a pintle, a vertically mounted ring that opens, and
> on the trailer a lunette, a horizontally mounted ring that is fixed.
> There is sometimes some play between the two so there is some clunking
> upon braking and starting from a start. Some of the pintles are
> designed to allow 360 rotation. With this type of system there is an
> enormous range of movement in three dimensions--limitless if the
> pintle is a rotating one (I once saw a picture of a Dodge Power Wagon
> still hooked to a trailer that had flipped over--full 180!). Anyway, I
> am sure someone can make something like this for bikes. Search the
> hardware store and boating catalogs for parts or just bend some metal.
- Thanks but I'd worry that those lobster claw snap hooks are not strong
Also a safety strap such as burley uses on their trailers is a good
idea for trailers.