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Old 10-03-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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ever seen a 1.25" Ball-coupler/receiver?

I'm new here... this seemed to be the only decent "Towing" forum out there.
I'm hoping someone here can help me.

This may sound crazy... but I'm looking for a 1.25" receiver. I found a 1.25" ball hitch that's used for anti-sway bars:
http://www.amazon.com/Manufacturing-...y+Control+ball

Which I think would be great for my garden tractor. I'd be just using it to haul around a trailer full of dirt, or whatever... But there seems to be no Ball-coupler/receiver for it.

I would just go with a 1-7/8 ball... but my buddy just told me what I'm trying to do is impossible, so now I want to win the argument :-p

So if anyone can help me prove him wrong... I'd greatly appreciate it!
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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With enough time and money, anything is possible....if you have lots of either, make one!!..lol....but seriously ive never seen a 1.25 anything other than a sway bar end?...
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver (1.25 inch) 12047 [12047] - $130.25 : The Hitch Store, Trailer Hitches Online
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:00 PM   #5
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Curt Manufacturing 12181 Class II 1 25 in Receiver Hitch | eBay
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #6
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Just as I thought, my 2013 Cedar Creek has a 1 1/4" receiver for the factory bicycle rack.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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I thought we were talking about a 1.25 " ball....??..not reciever opening??..
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Have one on my 4 wheeler. You can always buy square tubing and fabricate one.
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #9
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Ok, so let's see if we can understand what you're trying to do.

1) You've found 1.25" balls.
2) You want to use this ball to hook up a garden trailer to a tractor.

You asked for a receiver, but what I think you're looking for is a coupler. Otherwise, there's no relation between a 1.25" ball and a 1.25" receiver.

So, if I understood what it is you're trying to do, my suggestion is to start with an anti-sway kit. (Here's one at CW) Install the ball into the hole on the back of the lawn tractor where you typically would drop the pin for the garden tractor. Then, pull the center out of the anti-sway, which provides you with a coupler already welded to a straight stock of metal. This will need to get welded to the tongue of the trailer, effectively making a new coupler.

Then, when you go to hookup, just drop this coupler on the ball, insert the pin like you would when using it for anti-sway, and away you go.

Note though, that this is just an exercise in whether or not this could be done. For all practical purposes, this kind of connection shouldn't be any better than the existing pin in hole method the trailer/tractor uses currently. Both require a drop in place, insert pin, so all in all I'd stick with what's already there.
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