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Old 10-04-2009, 08:39 PM   #15
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This situation has to be one of the greatest fears in a trailer owner, another would be the hitch pulling out of the receiver.

Has that ever happened???

I have always wondered about the strength of the hitch pin.

Be Safe.

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:17 PM   #16
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I handle my hitch head/DrawBar and lube the ball (couple little spots )with every hookup. So I know if there are any cracks or if the ball is loose.
This little story reminded me of how important safety chains are. I just replace mine yesterday. With 1 size larger (3/8 high tensile) and new hooks. I did find two open (broken ) links.
Everyone please cross your safety chains to form a cradle so if this happens the tongue does not hit the ground. Always use a drawbar pin lock and also a coupler lock when on the road to make sure that couple stays closed. Safety is the key word here.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:31 AM   #17
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I have not heard of this happening, but I'm sure it probably has. I can imagine several scenarios.

Some prankster yanks your pin while you're stopped.

Forget to slip in the keeper pin.

Keeper pin break, or slips out.

Hitch pin cracks

Pins are cheap enough that if there is any doubt I replace them. I keep a spare in the TV along with several of the keeper clips. If I observe any scarring of the pin I toss it in the scrap recycle bin at work.

I seem to remember HowieE had a hitch head to draw bar failure.



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Old 10-05-2009, 06:33 AM   #18
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Some interesting comments about keeping the hitch ball lubricated, etc. I had a very substantial disagreement with the owner of the local RV dealership about lubricating the hitch ball. Their opinion was that the ball is used for grounding and should NOT be lubricated. I swore a couple of years ago when they screwed me on a service deal that I wouln't deal with them and now I know I won't ever deal with them.


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