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Oneill
04-03-2013, 07:01 PM
Hi! I'm european, and a proud owner of a BF200 92 mod. last year I got a hold of a MC original trailer. A bit to big actually since it is made for prostar 205. But apparently there are not the same size of hitch balls over here. When I search for american hitch ball size, I find 3 different sizes.. What size is normal for a MC trailer??

Ski-me
04-03-2013, 07:05 PM
Most likely it's a 2" (2 inch) ball.

My 205 trailer is a 2" ball. It's a 1994 trailer.

Oneill
04-03-2013, 07:10 PM
Thanks! This is a 2000 mod. Should be the same size then

Ski-me
04-03-2013, 07:29 PM
Yes. My friend has a 2000 205 and also uses a 2" ball. Pretty common/standard for this type of load.

For the triple axle trailers and heavy loads, you'll start see the 2-5/16" ball.
For the really dinky trailers pulled behind sedan vehicles, you may see the 1-7/8" ball.
But I'd say about 80% of the time, 2" is going to the the right one.

ski_king
04-03-2013, 07:30 PM
I believe most all MasterCraft Trailers use a 2 in ball. My 82 uses a 2 in.

In the US we use 1-7/8 in. for small trailer, 2 in. for medium like boats, etc and 2-5/16 for car haulers, travel and livestock trailers. I hope you can find one over there.

88 PS190
04-03-2013, 07:32 PM
Largely a load rating thing as well.

Keeps you from putting a 2-5/16" ball into a 1" receiver on a metro.

What is the hitch ball size in Norway? If you say 50 mm's I won't be happy.

ski_king
04-03-2013, 07:44 PM
Largely a load rating thing as well.

Keeps you from putting a 2-5/16" ball into a 1" receiver on a metro.

What is the hitch ball size in Norway? If you say 50 mm's I won't be happy.

I am guessing 50.8 mm

ski_king
04-03-2013, 07:47 PM
From what I understand 50 mm (1.9685 in.) is the standard in Europe.

We have bigger balls here in the USA.

drschemel
04-03-2013, 07:47 PM
Largely a load rating thing as well.

Keeps you from putting a 2-5/16" ball into a 1" receiver on a metro.

What is the hitch ball size in Norway? If you say 50 mm's I won't be happy.

Thought 50mm was the ball size in Europe. I don't think the 0.8mm difference between that and 2" would make much of a difference.

Oneill
04-03-2013, 07:47 PM
I havent measured it on my own yet, but all I can find on the net is that the norwegian ball is 50 mm :PThat is close to 2" isn't it?? My trailer rattles like h*** when I tow it.. :S Shipping weight on this trailer is 860 (lbs?)

jgraham37128
04-03-2013, 07:50 PM
Post a picture of the trailer and trailer ball area.

88 PS190
04-03-2013, 07:53 PM
There are usually some adjustability you can perform on the hitches.

Lay under the coupler and look for a nut. If there is one, it probably just needs to be adjusted.

http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/f/a/faq002_ggg_250.jpg

The nut will probably not be metric.

88 PS190
04-03-2013, 07:54 PM
Otherwise you can probably buy a European dimensioned coupler to bolt to the trailer - you probably won't be sending that trailer back to the US anytime.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
04-03-2013, 07:57 PM
From what I understand 50 mm (1.9685 in.) is the standard in Europe.

We have bigger balls here in the USA.

:eek3::uglyhamme

Oneill
04-03-2013, 08:01 PM
There are usually some adjustability you can perform on the hitches.

Lay under the coupler and look for a nut. If there is one, it probably just needs to be adjusted.

http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/f/a/faq002_ggg_250.jpg

The nut will probably not be metric.

Aha! Thanks a lot! maybe that is the solution! I'll check the coupler :)

Most likely not metric! ;) you guys over there with your wierd inces and fractions.. hehe ;)

Oneill
04-03-2013, 08:07 PM
I could change the coupler.. but then I would loose the hydraulic breaks, wouldnt I? And this trailer is only used for storage, so I would rather keep it as original as possible and use it as it is. I have already changed all the lights to LED. Norwegian gouvernment doesn't approve hydraulic breaks.. they think wire-breaks are so much better.. ^^ Morons...

Oneill
04-03-2013, 08:08 PM
I could change the coupler.. but then I would loose the hydraulic breaks, wouldnt I? And this trailer is only used for storage, so I would rather keep it as original as possible and use it as it is. I have already changed all the lights to LED. Norwegian gouvernment doesn't approve hydraulic breaks.. they think wire-breaks are so much better.. ^^ Morons...

On trailers of course!...

88 PS190
04-03-2013, 08:26 PM
Norwegian gouvernment doesn't approve hydraulic breaks.. they think wire-breaks are so much better.. ^^ Morons...


Um, if I read you correct you have surge brakes? The type where the trailer applies brakes if it is pushing the tow vehicle?

In which case what I would say is that wire actuated brakes with a brake controller are better.

They let you use the trailer brakes even when the trailer is not pushing the tow vehicle. You don't get that surge/lock, and you can usually back up with out disabling anything.