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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    I see, I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    Looking at the amount of oxidation (rust) around where the casting failed, it had been cracked for quite a while. It would cool if you could contact the manufacturer so they could assess if they need to put out a safety recall or notice. Maybe it could catch it before it happened again to someone else.

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    Thanks for the info and great job of fixing your trailer, just in time to slay stripers....

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

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    BassJack,

    Thanks for posting your unfortunate breakdown. I have the same coupler but I am in need of keeping it to fit the boat in the garage. Im thinking of replacing the unit every couple years to avoid the problem. To help me estimate when I should do so can you provide some info? What was your tongue and total trailer weights and how long did you use the coupler (years and guess the number of times you trailer per year).

    Thanks and any info would be really helpful
    I have had it since 2007, so about 11 years old. 483 trips total, but I only exercised the swing hinge once per year. Not sure of the tongue weight, boat and trailer are around 3,000-3,500 pounds.

    It has a small crack on the inside that I did not notice. I'm planning on doing a detailed annual inspection of the entire trailer to avoid future breakdowns.

    Here is the final repair with replaced tongue and brake line. To get the tongue ordered, I called EZ Loader with the VIN and model from the inside of the frame.


    Redoing the brake line and bleeding the brakes was a pain, the worst part of the job. Also replaced the emergency cables, some of the wiring, and the tongue jack while I was at it.

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    BassJack,

    Thanks for posting your unfortunate breakdown. I have the same coupler but I am in need of keeping it to fit the boat in the garage. Im thinking of replacing the unit every couple years to avoid the problem. To help me estimate when I should do so can you provide some info? What was your tongue and total trailer weights and how long did you use the coupler (years and guess the number of times you trailer per year).

    Thanks and any info would be really helpful

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    Good call on replacing it with a permanent tongue. If you don't need the folding tongue, delete it, it's one more thing that could go wrong. Enough things already could go wrong when towing.
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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    Agreed, I am going to replace the entire tongue with one without the swing hinge.

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    You are fortunate, things could have gone really dangerously bad when it broke.
    What stands out to me is what looks like rust on the 2 surfaces where it broke. There must have been a crack around the bracket where it broke allowing water to enter. I think that bracket has been cracked for some time and has probably been on the verge of breaking. I wouldn’t trust that swing tongue. I’d replace it with a new one.
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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    Sleeving the two pieces back together might work but it would be just as easy and far better to replace the entire tongue. I have done it and it's not that difficult.

    You disconnect the brake line at the back of the coupler and then pull it out at the side of the tongue. You'll need to bleed your brakes when you get it all back together.

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    Re: Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Swing Tongue Hinge Failed on Road!

    That sucks. Having heard of so many issues, I have a safety chain on my swing tongue.

    I bet a welder could rejoin the two parts using some steel plate.

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