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Old 04-02-2014, 05:59 PM
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B&W Turn Over Ball Problems

First off, who has B&W and does your truck jolt or buck hauling any thing? Also, does the ball have a lot of play inside the plate? I have had a lot of problems keeping the hitch bolted tight and every since I put it in my truck and it jolts so bad going down the road that I'd swear I was running a flat tire.
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First off, who has B&W and does your truck jolt or buck hauling any thing? Also, does the ball have a lot of play inside the plate? I have had a lot of problems keeping the hitch bolted tight and every since I put it in my truck and it jolts so bad going down the road that I'd swear I was running a flat tire.
I put 80,000 miles on pulling a gooseneck and never had a problem.

Are you having this problem with one trailer or different trailers?
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Well I thought it was just one. I usually only pull our 24ft bar top stock trailer. But since my dad started restoring stock trailers and horse trailers I've been moving a few and they all ride the same.

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Which bolts are coming loose? The tolerance between the ball and socket is rather tight since the round tube is actually what keeps it from moving around, not the square at the top(though it does help). Maybe you're not torquing them tight enough? The only trailer I've towed that bucked really bad was a flat deck Donahue loaded with hay.

I did build my own, but it's reverse engineered from the b&w

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That's why I built mine but welded. Nothing to come loose and sloppy feeling. I would put locktite on the bolts that are coming loose.
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Ya there's 6 bolts that hold the plate to the angle iron that come loose and the 4 side ones have been tight end down 2 or 3 times now. I called B&W and there trying to help

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Ya there's 6 bolts that hold the plate to the angle iron that come loose and the 4 side ones have been tight end down 2 or 3 times now. I called B&W and there trying to help

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Are you using lock washers? I have grade 8 hardware and split locks on all of mine. Torque them to 90 lb/ft and they shouldn't come loose unless the center section isn't bent straight. If there's a gap, it won't matter how tight you get the bolts, they'll work loose.

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Yea there all grade 8 with lock washer. I put thread lock on them so I don't think they'll come loose again. I may just put rails in

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well good luck to you. I've never heard of this being a problem.

Did you install or take it in to somebody?
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That's odd. I've had mine in for a while, and I've never had a problem. My ball fits in the sleeve tight though. Never been loose.
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