Fulton 34" Bolt-On Fold-Away Hinge Kit
Allows 34" of the trailer tongue to fold-away, letting a boat trailer fit inside most smaller garages. Installs easily on an existing 3x3 or 3x4 trailer beam. Unique patented offset design for superior on road performance. Provides a professional look with a design that hides manually cut surfaces. Excellent corrosion protection with Z-Max 600-hour clear zinc finish. Includes fold-away hinge, mounting hardware, pivot bolt and pivot pin/clip.
Coupler and extension tube not included, hinge kit only.
Installing a Fulton® Fold-Away Bolt-on Hinge Kit - HDPB Series
Video TranscriptSince 1911 Fulton has been the market leader in new and innovative products for the marine industry. Today were going to show you the installation of our popular Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit. Available throughout North America Fulton is your best choice for worry free towing and trailing performance. Enthusiasts everywhere depend on Fulton to get both their toys and families to their favorite places safely.
Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit is designed for longer boat trailers and limited garage space. Once you have completed this insulation you’ll be able to fold the trailer tongue away which will give you the option to store your boat and trailer in tight unprotected spaces. The Fulton pivot system is patented carries a five year limited warranty, and has been a proven performer for more than seven years. Let's get started.
The first step in installing the Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit is to make a plan. Identify the length of the swing tongue using a pivot rating chart located in the instructions. Measure the tongue load of a fully loaded boat and trailer. Check the trailer capacity, park on a level surface, trap the wheels of your trailer. Now that you have identified the length of the pivot section, measure and be sure that the pivot hinge will be located at these 5 inches from any obstructions. Be sure that the jack is positioned behind the pivot hinge. This product is not designed for use with a jack forward of the pivot hinge. Be sure that all of the brake lines and wires are out of the tongue.
Using a square, scribe a line around the tongue to indicate the cut location. Cut the tongue off at the scribed line. Remove all burrs. Place the male pivot casting over the hand of the trailer tongue section. Use a center punch to mark the drill locations. Mark both sides 4 inches back and 1 inch up. Use a center punch to mark and drill the locations. Drill to 1 1/2 inch and secure your safety chains with 2 separate 1/2 inch grade 5 bolt and lock nuts. Secure to 45 foot-pounds.
Slide the pivot casting onto the trailer tongue until it hits the stops. Make sure they are straight and temporarily secure with the clamps. Using the included transfer punch mark the location of the bolt holes top and bottom. Remove the casting, drill all eight center marks to 1/8 inch diameter holes. Increase your drill size by 1/8 inch increments until holes 1/2 inch in diameter.
Remove the chips and burrs. Touch up any raw cut edges with paint. Push the casting back onto the tongue and loosely attached the special bolts and nuts. Using the included T55 torques bit and a 3/4 inch box and wrench, torque each bolt to 75 foot-pounds. Place the remaining casting over a swing tongue and attach in a same manner as previously described. Be sure to castings are oriented correctly. Attach the swing tongue to the trailer tongue by meeting the castings together. Apply light grease to the 5/8 inch pivot bolt and secured to the castings with a 5/8 lock nut. Torque to 50 foot-pounds. Insert lightly greased hinge pins and secure through the top of the castings. Secure the hinge pin with hair pin cotter. Remove the hinge pin and make sure that your swing tongue pivots correctly. Reroute the wires and brake line through the swing tongue. Close the swing tongue, being certain not the pinch the wires and lock into place with the hinge pins. You are now ready to tow.
As you have just seen the Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit is a great solution for adding a folding tongue to your trailer, reducing its overall required storage space. The Fulton Fold-Away Hinge Kit continues Fulton’s 100 years of bringing innovative products to boating enthusiasts.
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