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Old October 31st, 2014, 08:11 PM
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I am planning on using, on very rare occasions, and for short trips, my 1990 defender 90 to hitch a trailer (has brakes) with a race car (total weight of about 3800-4000 pounds).

(I also own an LR3 that does the normal hitch work, but sometimes my wife has to use it, leaving the Defender to do the work!)

I have seen in the market other hitches for the Defender, but I am wondering if the original one I have will do the trick!

Thanks
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Old October 31st, 2014, 09:10 PM
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A UK towball is 50mm which is slightly smaller than 2" If it was for a small utility trailer, id probably run it, but since you are going to be towing a fair amount of weight, Id swap to a 2" ball.

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thanks! Do you know if I can only change the ball itself (can I find a 2" ball that fits the hitch I have?), or do I have to change the whole hitch for a CLASS III RECEIVER HITCH like this one?
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Old October 31st, 2014, 09:21 PM
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A UK towball is 50mm which is slightly smaller than 2" If it was for a small utility trailer, id probably run it, but since you are going to be towing a fair amount of weight, Id swap to a 2" ball.

-Jeff
You're talking about less than 1mm. That's not going to be a problem.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 09:38 PM
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You're talking about less than 1mm. That's not going to be a problem.
Yea, just make sure your latch is tightened up well. there's a nut inside the socket.

Now the problem it looks like you WILL face is...

If your rover is anything like mine, the hitch you have will be like 8 inches too high...

My jeep has a much much lower bumper than the landy and i still run a 6 inch drop or lower for all my trailers. And that is also from a below the bumper mounted receiver.

Granted... if you can get a car trailer up that high, i'm sure the hitch will lower quite significantly when your front wheels come off the ground.
For that much weight, obviously you must have brakes. Probably the law for most places.. but I've seen things when traveling in the south east.... scary things.
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0.8 mm size difference should be accommodated by the trailers hitch. Uhaul does it all the time with its trailers to accommodate 2 in v 1 7/8, a far larger gap than yours.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 10:43 AM
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You need something like this, I can fit it on my 90 so you get an idea of the adjustment range.

I will be listing this tow plate & 50mm ball soon, it has fresh Galvanizing. Removed from my 86 90

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