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Big Dave2

Rigid Hitch for fish trap

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I was wondering if anyone out there has a rigid hitch for their fish trap that was boughten specifically for that purpose. I see that they are only $30.00 or so but I feel I could make one that is as good or better for nothing.

Just wondering how these units attatch to the sled? I am thinking about u-shaped brackets bolted to the sled in the same holes where the rope goes into.

Seems like that would put the hitch pretty close to the ground, but since the sled is not very deep, I am assuming that this is where they are meant to attatch.

Also, how long are these hitches from end to end?

Thanks in advance for the info.
Dave

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I don't have the specs, sorry, and USL's Web site shows a picture but has no dimensions.

The hard part about making your own is that the best manufactured models have a swivel attachment at the hitch end that pivots 360 degrees for bumpy, hilly travel. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of tube metal or angle iron bent and welded or bolted together, and is easy to make.

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I've used a small section of chain inside two pieces of pvc. Fasten the ends by the sled with a small bolt drilled through the pvc and stuck through the chain so it cannot come apart. Nice thing about it, is that it folds up and does not take up much space when unhooked.

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stfcatfish,

I do plan to make mine swivel 360 degrees because I am afraid that on uneven terrain I might crack the sled especially on cold days. I am also planning to make it spring loaded somewhat like the manufactured ones. Thanks for the reply.

Dave

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