Securing a Folding Boat Trailer to Drawbar

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 17:31
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Good Afternoon All,

I am new to the forum and have need of your wealth of knowledge with a problem I have.

I recently purchased a second hand Flip N Easy along with a cartopper. The seller supplied the brackets but do you think I can work out how to secure the trailer to the draw bar securely.

It has a bracket which appears to sit on the folded lengths of the trailer. There are 2 long J bolts. Despite my best efforts the whole thing just slips back and forth on my camper trailer's draw bar. Not the best solution given some of the roads I plan to be traveling on.

I contacted the manufacturer which was a waste of a phone call.

Regards Tony

Any help, especially pictures would be appreciated
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Reply By: gragra - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:04

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:04
Tony, you probably do not have all the bits, each bracket should include the J bolt, two nuts, a washer, an "R" clip and a trailer yolk bracket. The J bolt fits under your A frame, the trailer yolk bracket fits over the draw bar of the folded trailer, then the washer and two nuts (one is a lock nut) and then he R clip through the end of the J bolt.

I would post a photo if the system would allow. If you have all the bits there is no way the trailer will move anywhere.

GraGra
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Follow Up By: Tony O1 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:23

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:23
Hi Gra Gra,

Thanks for the reply. I have attached a photo. I have all the bits you describe. When I attach the J bolt there is an enormous amount of spare thread. I have tried every combo I know. One J bolt at the rear of the trailer one forward.



Tony
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Reply By: gragra - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:34

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:34
Are you mounting the trailer vertically, it does not lie flat? I.E the three sections stacked vertically.

GraGra.
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Follow Up By: Tony O1 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:34

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:34
Vertically as I have seen them carried before.
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Follow Up By: Tony O1 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:36

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:36
Gra Gra,

if you click the icon on my first follow up it will show a picture of how I have tried to set it up.
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Follow Up By: gragra - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:40

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:40
Tony, I can't see the photo unfortunately, maybe Google Chrome has a problem!!

GraGra
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Follow Up By: gragra - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:48

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:48
Tony, found a way to see the photo.

Are you mounting across the entire A frame or just one side of it? I mount mine symmetrically across the A Frame just in front of the gas bottles. I put one bracket facing forward on one side of the A frame and backwards on the other side, probably does not do anything except make me feel good. Trailer never moves. It is on a Kedron ATV with a 6 inch drawbar.

Sorry I don't have a photo of it, caravan is in storage and the trailer is at home.

GraGra
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Follow Up By: Tony O1 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:53

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 13:53
I am mounting across the A frame. I think part of the problem is it is a camper trailer and the draw bar RHS might not be wide enough to stop the J bolts slipping.

Thanks for your help.
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Follow Up By: Tony O1 - Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 18:07

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 18:07
They say necessity is the mother of invention.

I have overcome my problem of securing my Flip N Easy boat trailer to my camper trailer's draw bar. Quite ingenious if I do say so.

If anyone is interested in how I achieved this feat of engineering please contact me.
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