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8N towing with front brush guard ball

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BJ2016

07-16-2017 20:21:46




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Ive used my 8N front trailer ball to move a utility trash trailer around my property, a fishin boat, and a pop up camper with no problems. But now I have a new 30ft RV that I want to move in and out of the barn when needed. Its too hard of a turning angle to use my truck. So my question is how much tounge weight would be too much for the tractor? The RV tounge weight is like 600lbs. Thanks!




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JMOR

07-18-2017 10:03:25




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 Re: 8N towing with front brush guard ball in reply to BJ2016, 07-16-2017 20:21:46  
Front end of 8N weighs about 800 pounds & I have lifted it by the brush guard & have moved loaded trailers with it & fully expect that you can support 600 pound load, but will be hard to wrestle that steering wheel. :)



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lonestarjeff

07-18-2017 08:47:04




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 Re: 8N towing with front brush guard ball in reply to BJ2016, 07-16-2017 20:21:46  
BJ....I haven't seen your 8N's front bumper, but I'm pretty sure the bumper on mine would bend under 600# tongue weight.

Jeff



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RobCons

07-17-2017 12:28:51




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 Re: 8N towing with front brush guard ball in reply to BJ2016, 07-16-2017 20:21:46  
The front ball on my 641 bumper sits to high for most trailers. Might sit lower on a 8n. I made a trailer mover for the 3 point hitch. I keep a 2" ball on it and a 2 5/16" on top for goose necks. Also have chain hooks welded to it so I can use the lifting action to pull up trees, fence post, etc.



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Grandpa love

07-17-2017 06:51:16




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 Re: 8N towing with front brush guard ball in reply to BJ2016, 07-16-2017 20:21:46  
We were using our 640 with a ball on brush guard but was able to find a 3 point attachment to move trailers and our gooseneck. The one we got also had a spear for moving round bales. Makes moving trailers easy ,never have to get off tractor. Maybe worth looking into.



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Dell (WA)

07-16-2017 21:48:02




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 Re: 8N towing with front brush guard ball in reply to BJ2016, 07-16-2017 20:21:46  
BJ........understand yer problem. Yer BIGGEST problem is finding a 2-5/16 ball that'll fit the HOLE in the front grill guard. They make a 3-ball hitch that you kenn change ball sizes depending upon trailer needs. I hadda UPHILL push to gitt my outboard into the side parking area next to the barn. In yer case, I'd probably INCREASE the tire pressure to sumptin' like 40psi and you'll probably be golden. You may need rear weight on yer 3-point to counter balance the weight of yer trailer.......HTH, Dell, yer self-appointed weigh-meister

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