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Old 04-15-2019, 11:08 AM   #1
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Hitch weld failure

Huge shout out of thanks to AirForum folks for posting about possible hitch weld failures. Thanks to those warnings, I just checked my massive hitch ball mount assembly. Full crack around the entire structure. In for repairs now. Thanks, everyone. Have a safe summer!
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:06 PM   #2
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Good advice. Just because something comes from the factory doesn't mean they weeded out the bad welders before having them work on your hitch. It's a good idea to check for weld cracks from time to time.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:10 PM   #3
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Not just a Jeep a concern...GM also.

Go for an up-grade...many good aftermarket options.👍
Our wasn't rusted, just a wimpy round bar design.🥴
Last pic is one we replaced at the GM store🥺

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Old 04-15-2019, 03:47 PM   #4
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Believe we are discussing the Equi-l-izer hitch head failure, but the OP did not specify. Important to inspect all. Hitch, receiver, frames and axle mounts. Inspection keeps you ahead of catastrophic failure.

This report is a surprise, because the trailer is a recent model. If the hitch was new, that makes this a bit different notice as prior head failure was quite old.

Thanks for sharing. Together we know a lot more than we do alone. Pat
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Yup! A year back I had a total failure of a 2017 Ford F-250 hitch. Ford replaced it with a Curt. Ford's were all bad.

Too much slop with the adapter and rounded out holes for the pin. Soft metal, not fixable. I believe Ford used a Reese hitch.
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Yup! A year back I had a total failure of a 2017 Ford F-250 hitch. Ford replaced it with a Curt. Ford's were all bad.



Too much slop with the adapter and rounded out holes for the pin. Soft metal, not fixable. I believe Ford used a Reese hitch.

Turk, what did a total failure look like prior to failure? Elongated pin holes? Any other symptoms?
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:35 PM   #7
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Turk, what did a total failure look like prior to failure? Elongated pin holes? Any other symptoms?
The adapter that Ford uses for their hitch from 2 1/2 to 2" has elongated holes in it. It promotes the pin moving in the side holes. Mine got so bad that it was flared. The Ford dealer caught the problem and said: "I wouldn't haul with it like that". A machinist later looked at it and said it could not be fixed.

Ford corporate said that all their hitches are like that. Agreed that they were not right. They bought me a Curt hitch and had it installed. I was impressed with the size of the Curt hitch compared to the Ford.

Amazingly, the Curt hitch had slop using its adapter also! I ended up buying the 2 1/2" version of the propride stinger (no adapter required) and one of these. This device works very well.

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The adapter that Ford uses for their hitch from 2 1/2 to 2" has elongated holes in it. It promotes the pin moving in the side holes. Mine got so bad that it was flared. The Ford dealer caught the problem and said: "I wouldn't haul with it like that". A machinist later looked at it and said it could not be fixed.



Ford corporate said that all their hitches are like that. Agreed that they were not right. They bought me a Curt hitch and had it installed. I was impressed with the size of the Curt hitch compared to the Ford.
Wow, that’s amazing that it flared, though I can imagine that something as heavy as a TT flopping around on a loose sleeve adapter will bend just about anything in short order. Still, surprised Ford corporate would spec such a lousy part for such an integral aspect of a truck designed to do this very thing. Glad they did the right thing for you.


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Amazingly, the Curt hitch had slop using its adapter also! I ended up buying the 2 1/2" version of the propride stinger (no adapter required) and one of these. This device works very well.

I bought one of those to use with a hitch-mounted bike rack and a cargo carrier on my (then) Volvo wagon, both of which used 1.5”->2” adapters and it did indeed work well.

I bought a ProPride with my Airstream and insisted that it be set up with one of their HD 2.5” receiver bars rather than rely on a sleeve adapter. No slop, but I now know to keep checking it...
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