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Old 11-28-2004, 05:58 PM
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Anyone ever use one of these cusioned hitches/receivers before? I'm thinking about one of these in the Series 340

http://www.schuckhitches.com/300series.html

or possibly:

http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/me...egory_Code=cbm

The Schuck looks nice and is rated for 20,000#. Of course it's quite a bit more expensive than the other model but perhaps it is better?

Do these things actually work?

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Old 11-29-2004, 08:59 AM
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TTT....anyone?
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I've seen them (schuck) used on the farm pretty frequently (while growing up)....seem to work well pulling very heavy loads IE 15-20,000#++. Never tried one while towing a boat. The nicest function around the farm was the swing tongue so you didn't have to be so precise when hooking up stuff. These things get TORTURE TESTED on the farm and I've never seen one skip a beat....so I wouldn't worry about any probs.

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friend had one. NOt sure it if was the same brand
but was nice pulling
never felt the jerking at all

however you WILL loose the placement of yuor spare tire
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Default Re: Cushioned Hitches

Thanks for the replies guys!

MNFastBoat,
Why would I lose the location of the spare tire? The ones listed in the post are the ones that use the current receiver of my hitch, just that the ball mount is different and that's where the "cushion" is. At least that's my take on it? Any ideas on which one of the ones I have listed will work better and/or last longer? I'm nowhere near 10,000 pounds but am hoping to step up to larger boat this year.

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Thanks for the replies guys!

MNFastBoat,
Why would I lose the location of the spare tire?
Keep the feedback coming
I'm thinking he is thinking about an "equalizer hitch"...where there are load arms that attach to the trailer.
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Reed,
Thanks for the reply....that would make sense.....my spare tire isn't mounted on the tongue of the trailer so I guess I have that going for me . Anyone else interested in something like this? Perhaps we could do a "group buy"?
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IMO, if you have surge brakes on your trailer, i would not recommend using a cushion hitch. my experiences have proven that the combination of surge brakes and a cushion hitch reduce some of your breaking ability. they do not seem to set as well when you apply the breaks for light breaking and the recoil in the spring often times sets the surge brakes unexpectedly.

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Chad,
Thanks for your reply. So you have some experience with these....which one did you use and what weight were you towing at the time? Sounds like these things are more bouncy as you mentioned a kickback effect?
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The old style used springs. I can see what Chad is talking about with those. Also the old style was much longer and bolted to a bumper or the bumper cam as part of the hitch. With that style you did lose the location for the spare tire.The new ones use polyurethane(sp)
I've got 1 year on the new receiver style and I love it! They are rated for up to 1000# tongue weight and 40,000# pulling. BUT your real rating is only as high as the part bolted to the frame.
I tow a 9000 # boat with no trouble at all. The braking still works the same.
I just have to back up to within 6-8" of the boat, swing the tongue where I need it, hook up(except chains and wiring), pull ahead and hit the brakes and it snaps right in place. Then I hook up the chains and wires.
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