Bottom and Top Mount Coupler Setup for the e2® Hitch

There are two ways to mount the e2® hitch link plates depending on whether you are using the more traditional top-mount coupler, or new bottom-mount coupler. Either way is quick and easy, and will provide you with years of great service.

Standard Top-mount Coupler:

1. Measure the correct distance (24" - 27" for a round bar hitch, 27" - 30" for a trunnion hitch) from the middle of the hitch ball socket to the center of the link plates, and place the link plates with the L-bracket stud bolts at the top of the frame with the link plates in right-side up position.

Over the few last years, we have seen an increase in trailer frames with bottom-mount couplers. A bottom-mount coupler changes the position of the hitch relative to the trailer frame. The e2 hitch makes installation easy for bottom-mount couplers. Unlike other hitches, there is no need for chain extensions, or special hitch heads, because the link plates allow flexibility in the install to accommodate a top-mount or bottom-mount coupler.

Bottom-mount Coupler:

1. The orientation of the link plates needs to follow the style of the coupler. This makes it easier to get correct weight distribution set up, and reduces the stress on the L-bracket and stud bolts. It is as easy as installing the link plates upside down on the trailer frame. (See graphic below). This moves the position of the studs, which keeps the L-brackets in line with the hitch head.

2. The measurements from the coupler along the frame to the link plate is the same as for a top-mount coupler.

Remember, for bottom-mount couplers, flip the link plates upside down to make setting up the weight distribution easier for yourself, and to make using the e2 hitch easier for your customers.

For more detailed instructions on installing sway brackets watch our video below and refer to the e2 hitch's owner's manual.


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