Title: Another quickie - pintle draw bar
JT Metalworks - January 22, 2012 01:00 PM (GMT)
I've had the pintle hitch kicking around for over a decade and finally decided to make it functional.
I'm going to put another pin hole in it so it tucks in a little better on the quad before I paint it.
I figure if I make my trailers use this system, the jackhole's up north won't be as easily able to strap on and take off with my stuff when I'm not there. The big hoop also makes a nice place to put chains through for locking stuff down. I know it's only good for the smash and grab folks, but that's the extent of our thugs at the lake (they generally go looking for booze and leave the valuables).
snowjoker - January 22, 2012 02:30 PM (GMT)
What about making it really unique by putting the Pintle hook on the trailer side and the Lunette ring on the truck side ? that will really screw up theives...
JT Metalworks - January 22, 2012 02:42 PM (GMT)
These cost over $50 each, but if I make the trailer also have a draw bar and make the loop come off - that'd blow their little minds. I like it! :D
I don't know that I really have anything to worry about either. My neighbor's leave their atv out under a cover year round and I think the key might even be in it. Being at the dead end of a 1.5 mile long 12' wide beach road has it's advantages.
snowjoker - January 22, 2012 02:58 PM (GMT)
Reverse drawbar idea will do the trick too.. unless your in my neck of the woods, then i go home make what i need then do the deed ! lol
JT Metalworks - January 22, 2012 03:05 PM (GMT)
Actually, the reverse draw bar is ideal. I can slap a regular ball hitch on for highway use and swap over to the pintle for off road.
Franzę - January 22, 2012 06:19 PM (GMT)
JT must be in a low crime area Walt.
JT look into getting some of the square unistrut signpost material. You can then make bastard size reese style receivers with it.
JT Metalworks - January 22, 2012 07:21 PM (GMT)
Up north is a low-people area. Lack of people = lack of crime.
Franzę - January 22, 2012 09:10 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (JT Metalworks @ Jan 22 2012, 02:21 PM)|
| Up north is a low-people area. Lack of people = lack of crime. |
NOT in this state.
Here law enforcement in the Northern area look at summer places and peoples recreational property as a supply depot for the locals.
Quads & sleds will quickly turn up on ebay as parts if you leave them in a steel building, and thanks to battery tools the shed siding can be on Craigslist quick.
The sheriff will even tell the nonresident you only pay taxes here, you don't vote here as he refuses to look at camera evidence.
JT Metalworks - January 23, 2012 05:02 AM (GMT)
Crow Wing County is home to the big money lakes (ours isn't one of them), so the sheriff's dept is very on top of crime and even goes full bore against trespassers and dumpers if you have enough evidence to point them in a general direction towards the perp. Then again, we pay for it. Taxes up there on my land is the same as for my house in the city. The cabin, sitting on a whopping 1/3 acre is more in taxes than my 84 acres (before timber management discounts).
Upstate NY's economy is schittier though. Not dealing with the crime saves them work and money, and keeps the thug element from robbing the people who they'd have to serve if they weren't turning a blind eye.
In contrast, teardown cabins are selling for 150K+ on our lake (this year), where you can buy a nice foreclosure in the metro for half that all week long and twice on Sunday (if you don't mind living in a high crime area :P ). On the north side of Brainerd, the same POS cabin would sell for 400K for the bare lot on certain lakes (an acre with a mcmansion on it would sell for 2-3 Million - same house in the metro wouldn't break 500K). The real criminals know our cabins aren't where the "good stuff" is, so they stay out for the most part. It's the local kids looking for booze we have to worry about.