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Just bought a Trailer... need a hitch

Old 09-23-11, 06:13 PM
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Just bought a Trailer... need a hitch

I got a smoking deal on a floor model Baby Jogger switchback trailer/jogger. It was missing the manual, and when i got home and looked it up i realized its missing the hitch that attaches to the bike. there was no box, and it was the only one they had in stock..

babyjogger.com doesnt appear to have the hitch in their online store.

any suggestions?

Thanks
Bill
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Old 09-23-11, 11:20 PM
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To know for sure, I'd need more details on the draw bar. However, generally speaking, the Burley round bar or square bar fits many child trailers and works flawlessly with the Burley forged hitch. I have a Bell child trailer and converted the clamp on hitch to the Burley round bar.
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Old 09-26-11, 01:16 AM
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Definitely would help to post a pic of your attachment point. I bought a trailer that was missing a hitch for $25, and ordered the hitch off amazon for $9 BEFORE I even backed out of the ladys driveway after I bought the trailer.
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Old 09-26-11, 12:25 PM
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You will find a picture of the hitch in this online pdf manual for this trailer........

https://www.babyjogger.com/PDFs/Switc...structions.pdf

The hitch can be replaced with a call to their customer service @ 1-800-241-1848
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Old 09-26-11, 06:03 PM
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AWESOME! thanks nightshade!
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Old 09-26-11, 11:46 PM
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I looked at the manual Nightshade provided a link for. I would think the Burley square bar and hitch would work. It's a proven design that's easy to replace if you need more than one hitch, it gets damaged, etc. Personally, I'd go with the Burley over the factory hitch. I've pulled well over 200 pounds with mine and it held up fine.
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Originally Posted by hopperja View Post
To know for sure, I'd need more details on the draw bar. However, generally speaking, the Burley round bar or square bar fits many child trailers and works flawlessly with the Burley forged hitch. I have a Bell child trailer and converted the clamp on hitch to the Burley round bar.
I did the same thing last year with my Instep trailer. I worried that the stupid chainstay clamp just wouldn't hold or would tip me and the trailer. I bought from the same outfit you did. My only problem was that the Instep had a square pipe and the flex connector is round. However, it has held up for over a year and twice weekly trips to the grocery store.
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
I did the same thing last year with my Instep trailer. I worried that the stupid chainstay clamp just wouldn't hold or would tip me and the trailer. I bought from the same outfit you did. My only problem was that the Instep had a square pipe and the flex connector is round. However, it has held up for over a year and twice weekly trips to the grocery store.
Sounds like you bought the round connector for a square pipe. I'd bet the square connector would have fit in your square pipe better, just a guess though.

Mine originally had the chainstay clamp. It held fine, I just didn't like how it chewed up the paint on my chainstay. Also, when I tried to use it on my Raleigh 20, it didn't work too well because the small bike wheel puts the hitch arm too close to the ground (the clamp sits below the level of the rear axle), thereby tilting the trailer passenger/s forward. Using the Burley forged hitch, I can put the hitch upside down on my R20 and the hitch arm sits high enough (above the rear axle) so the trailer is level.
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Old 10-08-11, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by hopperja View Post
Sounds like you bought the round connector for a square pipe. I'd bet the square connector would have fit in your square pipe better, just a guess though.
The connector I have looks just like the one in your URL. In any case it wasn't big enough for the pipe, so I had to add a piece of wood as a shim. I suspected it wouldn't last that long, but that was more than a year ago and about 100 trips to the grocery store.

And it still looks good.

Great system when you have to lay your bike down too.
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Old 10-23-11, 12:38 PM
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Industrial Air tool quick disconnect couplings and a short section of rubber hose
is what Bike Friday uses for their suitcase trailer fitting.. works well.
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Old 11-03-11, 08:26 PM
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I went the free route, and got a warranty replacement on the hitch.... the package showed up yesterday.... with a big hole in it... and no hitch.....

one phone call later, another is on the way.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Industrial Air tool quick disconnect couplings and a short section of rubber hose
is what Bike Friday uses for their suitcase trailer fitting.. works well.
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It's simple to get two hose clamps, a short length of pipe plus a male pneumatic quick release coupling to create a new hitch right on the chainstay, I prolly spent more money getting a piece of hose fitted to the female quick release than on the brass parts. If your hardware store doesn't have thick enough hose to press onto the female quick release, wrap some cut-down spokes in electrical tape and place them into the hitch hose to increase stiffness/reduce trailer oscillation.



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Old 11-04-11, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by memnoch_proxy View Post
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It's simple to get two hose clamps, a short length of pipe plus a male pneumatic quick release coupling to create a new hitch right on the chainstay, I prolly spent more money getting a piece of hose fitted to the female quick release than on the brass parts. If your hardware store doesn't have thick enough hose to press onto the female quick release, wrap some cut-down spokes in electrical tape and place them into the hitch hose to increase stiffness/reduce trailer oscillation.
Can you please post a picture of the mount on the bike. Mine child trailer clamps on to the chainstay and has come loose a few times. I don't trust it nor so I like that it could damage the paint there. Need something cheap and effective.
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Old 11-07-11, 07:36 PM
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i got my hitch. definitely thinking about building my own. this thing is gigantic. but it was free, and I wanted to at least try the trailer with it. now to just get my daughter to want to ride in it.
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Matchpoints,
Sure, I'll try to get some pics posted soon. In general, I take a 4" segment of copper pipe that will fit a female threaded male pneumatic connector. I wrap the ends of pipe with a bit of inner tube and electrical tape to protect the enable on the frame, this includes putting a strip of inner tube beneath the hose clamps around the chain stay.
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Originally Posted by memnoch_proxy View Post
Matchpoints,
Sure, I'll try to get some pics posted soon. In general, I take a 4" segment of copper pipe that will fit a female threaded male pneumatic connector. I wrap the ends of pipe with a bit of inner tube and electrical tape to protect the enable on the frame, this includes putting a strip of inner tube beneath the hose clamps around the chain stay.
https://blog.bitratchet.com/2011/11/1...ic-bike-hitch/

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