Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copperas Cove, Texas
As my forum name suggests, I'm an Army Nurse, and being in the Army means you have to move every few years. Well this year is the year for me to move; from WA to TN (hello Ft Campbell!). I'm moving myself, and with six cars (plus the Budget rental truck) and four drivers, we'll be going like this:
Up front will be my Dodge 4x4 truck flat towing the Willys, my KIA Sorento towing my Toyota Yaris (DD) on a tow dolly, my wife's minivan towing the trailer, and me bringing up the rear with the rental truck with the TJ on a trailer. Yes, that was our convoy from Olympia, WA to Clarksville, TN. Yes, I'm crazy.
If you remember from page 10, posts 138-142 I talked about options I could do with having a 2" receiver hitch on the front of the trailer. I got lucky with the trailer and lunet ring being the same height as the pintle hitch on my Jeep, but I'm not so lucky with the hitch on the minivan. It's LOW to the ground compared to my other vehicles. I checked out prices for an adjustable height pintle hook mount (ouch) so I went with what I had talked about previously. I mounted a 1 7/8" ball coupler to a piece of 2" square tubing to put on the front of the trailer. I already had the adjustable ball hitch, so now instead of using it as a drop hitch, I'm using it as a raised hitch. So now if anyone has to borrow the trailer, I've got a ball mount for the front of the trailer, and an adjustable ball hitch to adjust for different height receivers.
While my buddy and I were at Harbor Freight the other day, he got me a Hitch Ball Wrench after hearing me complain about having to use a pipe-wrench to change out hitch balls. Well while getting this hitch thing set up for the move, I used it for the first time. I should have got one a long time ago! They're not expensive, and for sure a lot easier to use than a pipe wrench.