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Old 02-22-2016, 12:52 PM   #29
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The opinion and advice from Protagonist is probably the worst I've seen on this board. I've had a trailer when the hitch welds failed while towing. It is not a pretty site. I was also the Chief Officer responding to a double fatality accident when the welds on the hitch failed on a horse trailer and the chains weren't able to hold the trailer behind the truck. The trailer became an unguided missile crossing the center line and killing a mother and her daughter. The irresponsible fool towing the trailer told me that he saw the crack in the hitch, but thought he could get it back to his farm and repair it. They now have an overpass there with her name as a memorial.

I don't think I need to get into the rest of the story involving me, state police, the district attorney, more lawyers, and of course insurance companies. Does the term manslaughter mean anything to you?

Just because there is rust in the crack and may have been there awhile (Although no one really knows), it is a clear sign of impending failure. One good bump or tight turn and you very likely could have a catastrophic failure.
Every response here except one has advised you to not tow and get it replaced. If you're in a location away from home, there are plenty of welding companies who will come out and make a temporary repair that will get you home or to a hitch dealer. Good luck.

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Old 02-22-2016, 02:09 PM   #30
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Personal attacks are not necessary.

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Old 02-22-2016, 03:14 PM   #31
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You're out west, I'm back east. The chances of me driving behind you are minimal.

Will it fail in the next 15 minutes? Probably not. But that's the kind of thing that would be in the back of my mind every time I towed.

If it was me, I'd replace it ASAP and sleep well.
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:21 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by avionstream View Post
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If I discovered that crack and was within 100 miles of home, I'd tow my trailer home - at 4:00 am at 30 mph watching carefully for rumble strips and potholes. There are always ways to do things at a reduced risk to yourself and humanity in general.

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Old 02-22-2016, 03:22 PM   #33
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I guess the real question is simple, would you want the guy in front of you towing a trailer with a hitch that looked like that with your wife and kids in the car?

You know it needs to be replaced either now or when you get it home. Why even take the chance? Convenience is not always a good reason not to do something right away.

If you plan to wait and travel with it, please post picture of rig, roads and dates you will be traveling so me and my family can stay clear.

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Old 02-22-2016, 03:33 PM   #34
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Yeah, when you blow it up you can see that the weld is good and holding, but the metal is separating and it's been there sometime looking at the oxidation
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:49 PM   #35
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You know, there could be a lot of metal failure anywhere throughout your truck or trailer. But this one you can actually see--it's real, and not a maybe. If there was enough force applied to start a crack when all was solid, there will certainly be enough to fail the already weakened metal. That could happen five minutes after you hit highway speed.

Please don't take a chance on potential significant financial loss to yourself, and potential loss to life and limb for someone else on the highway.

Don't wait.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:51 PM   #36
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Oxidation like that can happen overnight.

If a person looks at that crack really closely, it seems kinda obvious that the "good weld" on top dose not matter a bit. The hitch will fail on the vertical members.

The metal around the crack is work hardened and will not hold a repair weld for long.

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Old 02-22-2016, 06:11 PM   #37
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I'm staying out of the weld / crack debate but after looking at your PDF of the hitch, now I'm really curious if that ball was loose now or recently.

To the OP, good luck and tow safely.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:04 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by ryandanz View Post
Hi all - just noticed this today - after having traveled the southwest (So. Cal & AZ) the better part of 6 weeks ... not sure if this is new or not, growing or not, (although the same size appears on the other side) ..

Any thoughts?

(image should be attached (apologies for its rotated view (you can click image to see up close) - but there's also a PDF of the image with a yellow circle encompassing the crack - )
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:09 PM   #39
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I would not use minor to describe that crack. Past time to go shopping for a new hitch. This thread clearly illustrates the good and the bad advice available. Park that trailer now and get a new hitch prior to hitting the road once again. Good luck.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:37 PM   #40
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Replace it, or have it rewelded, with a doubler there.
ANY crack is a failure!
Every one above, is correct. It's cheap insurance!
Preferably replace under warranty if lifetime warranted.
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Old 02-22-2016, 08:50 PM   #41
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So, what was the root cause of these cracks? Anti-sway force? Weight distribution force? Vibration and road shock? Poor manufacturing? Bad design? Material fatigue? Corrosion? Weld stress as previously suggested? Poor maintenance? What ya got? Pat
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Old 02-22-2016, 09:07 PM   #42
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Poor weld, IMO


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