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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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Pintle hitch towing on highway????

Well after last weekends trip to the family cottage I decided it was time to pick up a small trailer instead of the reciever rack we've been using for a number of years now.

As luck would have it I had seen an M416 trailer for sale at a used car lot. When I got back I went to check it out and ended up picking it up today. Its the canadian military's version but is identical in every respect to the US M416. It has a little surface rust in a few spots, but nothing that can't be fixed in the spring.

I have to say that that trailer looks awesome behind the green TJ. Tows beautifully as well.

As far as what the trailer needs.....
-some real minor rust removal
-lights (debating between the Army lights or just rounds LEDs)
-new rubber (original tires are cracked in a few places)
-spare tire & rim
-cover for the top

And of course....the obligatory fresh coat of olive green paint, maybe with a camo pattern. My neighbors think I'm nuts!!!!!!! My wife is loving this.

That makes project #3 for next spring (Ford 8.8, new lift, trailer)

Now I just have to decide whether or not I want to keep the Lunette/Pintle set-up, or do I want to convert it to a ball type hitch. Any thoughts? Are pintle hitches safe for highway use? Anything I should watch out for on the Pintle set-up?


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Unread 10-18-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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yea pintles are fine for highway use, when i get a trailer it will 100% be pintle style
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Unread 10-19-2006, 02:01 AM   #3
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Fine for the highway & 100% better off road. JIM.
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Unread 10-28-2006, 04:46 PM   #4
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the pintles are a muck stronger hitch but they are kinda anoying every time you hit the brakes it moves around the ball is a much smoother setup 2" up to 7000 lbs and 2 5/16 up to 12000 i would choose the ball unless your gonna do some serious offroading with it my .02
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Unread 11-03-2006, 01:26 PM   #5
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Well after last weekends trip to the family cottage I decided it was time to pick up a small trailer instead of the reciever rack we've been using for a number of years now.

As luck would have it I had seen an M416 trailer for sale at a used car lot. When I got back I went to check it out and ended up picking it up today. Its the canadian military's version but is identical in every respect to the US M416. It has a little surface rust in a few spots, but nothing that can't be fixed in the spring.

I have to say that that trailer looks awesome behind the green TJ. Tows beautifully as well.

As far as what the trailer needs.....
-some real minor rust removal
-lights (debating between the Army lights or just rounds LEDs)
-new rubber (original tires are cracked in a few places)
-spare tire & rim
-cover for the top

And of course....the obligatory fresh coat of olive green paint, maybe with a camo pattern. My neighbors think I'm nuts!!!!!!! My wife is loving this.

That makes project #3 for next spring (Ford 8.8, new lift, trailer)

Now I just have to decide whether or not I want to keep the Lunette/Pintle set-up, or do I want to convert it to a ball type hitch. Any thoughts? Are pintle hitches safe for highway use? Anything I should watch out for on the Pintle set-up?
how much does that trailer weigh?? isnt it like 3000# ?
just wondering
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Unread 11-03-2006, 07:44 PM   #6
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The trailer is supposed to weigh around 700 lbs. Sure doesn't feel like 700 lbs though. Seems lighter.
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Unread 03-20-2007, 04:52 AM   #7
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sorry, i had to dig this post up, i'm actually thinking about buying a small trailer cause i used to own a pick up and hauled light things around.

my buddy has one of the old military trailers and he said they are balanced, thats why they are easy to move around, his is really cool, it's got a hand brake!
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Unread 04-28-2010, 11:31 PM   #8
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got an m416, love it, i've already hauled about 1700 lbs (as much coal would fit) in it and towed it behind my 05 rubicon, the trailer and the jeep never missed a beat, i'd hang onto the pintle, yeah they can be annoying but i've already found myself in situations off road where you need to extra room to flex.
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Unread 05-04-2010, 08:59 PM   #9
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The reason those trailers had pintles on them is because the pintle is the only 'official' hitch the miltary uses for everything. They made them so that any truck can pull any trailer (ever tried to pull a 60K generator with a HMMWV?) in case of rapid need of movement.
Pintles are very very heavy duty hitches that can handle anything you can throw at it. Overkill for a small trailer? Certainely! Cool? Absolutely! Its entirely up to you but if it were mine I would keep the pintle just to be different.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:15 AM   #10
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You can get a combination of pintal/ball, I'm ordering one today.
I expect it to be the best of both worlds, cause a lot of people I know make their own trailers and use whatever they scrounge.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #11
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I've got the pintle/ball combo as well. Very handy.

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Unread 03-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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those of us that were in the military (Marines) towed with the pintel hitch all the time tho at 45mph which was a bummer--no problem!!
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Unread 03-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #13
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I realize this thread is pretty old, but just for future reference I thought I would throw this in.

My offroad camp trailer has a 3-axis hitch on it. IMO its the perfect combination of the two. All (if not more) of the offroad capability of the pintle, but no clunking like a ball style hitch.

This pic isnt of my trailer (I had no close-ups of the hitch on mine) but it's identical.

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Unread 03-03-2012, 08:31 PM   #14
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Nice set up someone is a #1 welder--
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