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point1234
10-01-2007, 01:08 PM
Has anybody used this swing away tongue from west marine. Is it easy to install and such. Any concerns that I need to worry about. I need to gain a few inches for storage.

I called a trailer shop to have one put in and I was quoted about 400-500 dollars to have them do it.

jbfootin
10-01-2007, 01:21 PM
I have one that came stock with my MC trailer and love it. You gain 6"-12" with it and have had no problems.

Sodar
10-01-2007, 01:59 PM
The Fulton from West Marine (like many things from West Marine) looks cheesy and is designed for people who do not know that there are better alternatives out there. If you are serious about doing this, go the www.pivithitch.com (http://www.pivithitch.com). He can send you a kit that will not only compliment your trailer, but also will last longer and be much safer than the alternative. In my honest opinion...

Now, to answer your question. If you have a non-MC/Non-UFP tongue, you can throw this tongue on in an hour or so. If you have a UFP/MC Tongue, you will need to cut the MC/UFP tongue off, weld in an extension that will fit into the Fulton Swing Tongue and then bolt it all up. You can still do it, it will just be a bit more work...

Sodar
10-01-2007, 02:06 PM
Here are some pics of my install of my PivitHitch...

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point1234
10-01-2007, 02:11 PM
ah I see what you mean. I have a MC trailer but I did not get the swing away tongue was not a option at the time.

How big of a project is it to do, adding the pivit hitch did you so it yourself. Between me and my dad iam sure that we could install something like this. He does have a welder and assorted nice tools.

Sodar
10-01-2007, 02:16 PM
If you go with the pivit hitch, it can be done to an MC trailer in about an hour. Plus, paint, etc. All you do it disconnect the brake line, cut the tongue off, weld on the new knuckle, slide your old actuator into the new actuator tube, bolt in the actuator kunckle and connect the brake line up.

Sodar
10-01-2007, 02:19 PM
Oh.... and you need to extend your safety cables. The ones that come on the MC trailers are too short, because you need to connect them to the trailer after the swing hitch connection.

point1234
10-01-2007, 02:26 PM
that sounds like a pretty straight forward install. Thanks a bunch. I think that I might head in that route of using a pivit hitch.

Toober Toni
10-01-2007, 03:35 PM
....You gain 6"-12" with it and have had no problems.
The title of this thread had me curious.
This post got me excited.
Then I read the rest of the thread and I am confused.

point1234
10-01-2007, 05:14 PM
get your head out of the gutter toober toni:D

point1234
10-01-2007, 06:57 PM
I tried to call Pivit Hitch but just got an answering machine. are they pretty good to deal with.

Sodar
10-01-2007, 07:07 PM
I tried to call Pivit Hitch but just got an answering machine. are they pretty good to deal with.

Very good to deal with, but they work 6am to 3pm, so you need to catch them at the right time...

Ask for Dave Rogan.

Tell him that you will also need him to toss in a safety cable bracket

point1234
10-02-2007, 11:48 AM
Just got an email from Dave Rogan. Thanks a bunch for info off to do some measuring and seeing what I have.

Skipper
11-05-2007, 11:56 AM
I am planning to install a swing away tongue on my 95 MC trailer. I have a question about the brake line. Once the brake line is cut to allow the installation of the swing away tongue ... how do I reconnect the brake line?

Farmer Ted
11-05-2007, 12:23 PM
I am planning to install a swing away tongue on my 95 MC trailer. I have a question about the brake line. Once the brake line is cut to allow the installation of the swing away tongue ... how do I reconnect the brake line?


get a 12 inch hose

Sodar
11-05-2007, 12:48 PM
I am planning to install a swing away tongue on my 95 MC trailer. I have a question about the brake line. Once the brake line is cut to allow the installation of the swing away tongue ... how do I reconnect the brake line?

Right here: http://robrobinette.com/flare_brake_line.htm

Like Ted said, buy a 12" flexible brake line to put between the actuator and the hard brake line. This will allow you to open and close the tongue. Be sure to leave enough "slack" in the hose to let the tongue fold completely open!

Skipper
11-06-2007, 02:51 PM
If I am tracking ... to install the 12" flexible brake line I must first install a flare nut and flare each end of the brake line at the cut. Should I just be able to find flexible brake hose with fittings at various lengths at the auto parts stores?

Thanks for the input.

Sodar
11-06-2007, 02:56 PM
I could not find any auto places that had the flex lines for trailers. I ended just going to my local trailer place, but if that is a problem for you, this place has EVERYTHING you could want or need!

http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=catalog.prodInfo&productID=4464&categoryID=156

Skipper
11-07-2007, 09:03 AM
Good enough. Thanks for the help.

kjohnson
11-07-2007, 09:45 AM
I wish I could gain 6"-12".