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Old 06-30-2017, 11:23 AM   #15
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Lockable pin is the way to go, unless you misplaced the key at a critical time (don't ask how I know this). Be aware that lockable pins, even decent ones do not hold up to a 3/8 TNi coated drill bit in a cordless drill for more than a few seconds. (Don't ask how I know this either...)

Locks are for honest people and casual tamper prevention.


That's why I bought one keyed to my truck...
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:43 AM   #16
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I discovered the Tundra hitch is larger than a standard 2".
It's not the receiver size, but the 2" box receiver is wrapped in another layer of steel. I was determined to find a "Made in the USA" lock, so I bought the
C.T.Johnson (RH5-XL) 5/8" Hitch Lock
which is made for a 2 1/2" receiver and I added some 5/8" garden hose washers to take up any extra length.
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:52 AM   #17
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Here is something to think about.

He never mentions to push the safety pin all the way through past the middle indentation to where the big loop is on the hitch pin.
This way, it would have to work past both indentations on the safety pin to fall out- effectively taking at least twice as long to fall out.
I have a locking hitch pin- not because the normal ones are unsafe, but to prevent someone from stealing the hitch head shank ball assembly.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:38 PM   #18
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I would like a lockable pin that has an airplane cable lanyard so that when I take the stinger off after a trip O don't set it on the bumper and leave it lying on the road somewhere the next time I drove the truck.
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I've done that very thing. One the very first trip with our AS two summers ago, after unhooking and removing the hitch, I laid the "L" pin and wire clip on the back bumper. I completely forgot about doing that and we drove to a restaurant about 6 miles away, which included about a mile on I-81. As I walked around the back of the truck both the pin and the wire clip were both laying there on the bumper. How they did not fall off I still don't understand. Maybe the "force" was with me since it was my first trip. I now have a spare pin and clip in the glove box of the truck!
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:54 PM   #19
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We use a locking hitch pin ... always have. They are not expensive. We have two sets of keys...one is just for the trailer ... the other is for the house and the truck. The hitch pin key lives with the truck keys, so I always have it handy when it's time to put the hitch on.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:58 PM   #20
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DEFINITELY time for a lock !
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:45 PM   #21
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We use a locking hitch pin ... always have. They are not expensive. We have two sets of keys...one is just for the trailer ... the other is for the house and the truck. The hitch pin key lives with the truck keys, so I always have it handy when it's time to put the hitch on.
You use something like this?
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:59 PM   #22
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Missing cotter pin in hitch

Yup. Exactly. They also have a hardened sleeve for the pin to adapt to the larger class IV hitch pin holes. But be aware they look secure, but the cylinder is fairly easy to drill out with the right tools. They are tamper resistant but not theft proof, just saying.

Lost a key to one, and it was off in five minutes after I determined it was coming off no matter what...

Keeping the key with the truck keys is a darn fine idea. Wish I'd thought of it earlier
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:16 PM   #23
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I use a bolt lock brand hitch lock keyed to my truck - no extra key to lose...
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Old 07-02-2017, 08:49 AM   #24
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Hitch theft is another reason to have a locking pin. Scrap iron guy will pay cash for a brand new one, no questions ask.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:36 PM   #25
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You use something like this?
I've seen those and presume they work fine...the one we use is a different design...this particular one is available from trailer.com for $12 & change. I can't remember where we bought ours. If I had to guess I'd say Camping World.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:00 PM   #26
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I guess I am old school. I use a 5/8" grade 8 bolt. Double nutted plus the hairpin clip.
If someone wants to steal my stinger they had better be carrying some wrenches and be willing to spend time to remove the hairpin and 2 nuts.
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:06 PM   #27
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This is the one to use right here - no extra key:


Boltlock 5/8" receiver lock keyed to your vehicle
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Best guess - the pin was not all the way in and it shook out. Put in a new pin all the way and move on. For "added security" give it a bend with a pair of piers.

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