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Old 02-21-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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Minor Cracked trailer ball hitch - BAD?

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?

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Old 02-21-2016, 07:05 PM   #2
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Replace the hitch now. You are looking at a serious defect and dangerous crack.

At least that would be my reaction, if it were mine.

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Old 02-21-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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If that was mine, I would be ordering a new one post haste.

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Old 02-21-2016, 07:09 PM   #4
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Wow, yea, That's looks bad, but it looks like it could be just the weld and not the metal. But looking at a picture it's just my preliminary observation and opinion.

Bring it to have it professionally inspected or call Equalizer and send them a pic for their explanation.

Have it evaluated or buy a new head and check all other components before towing again. Even inspect the hitch on your tow vehicle.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:22 PM   #5
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The crack is in the metal right next to the weld. That is the weakest point in a welded structure, because the metal there has been heated and cooled, but has not had reinforcing metal added, as is done in the weld bead itself.

Sometimes a poorly done weld will look like there's a crack where the weld did not penetrate properly. That's not the case here. That's a good, professional-looking weld with a stress crack next to it, in my opinion.

Rust inside the crack says it's been there for a while.

Replace it. It's definitely not going to get better.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:25 PM   #6
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What the others said. Replace it now. Don't gamble on it.


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Old 02-21-2016, 07:33 PM   #7
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It is all but failed right now. Replace it.

Imho it is a crack due to metal fatigue and the parent metal wont hold a repair weld.

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Old 02-21-2016, 07:35 PM   #8
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Believe replacement would be the best option if you are happy with the performance of the hitch. If not, now might be a good time to consider an alternative design. Pat
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:39 PM   #9
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Equalizer has a lifetime warranty. Send a photo to them and you may get a new replacement for free.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:41 PM   #10
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Leave the unit stationary until this gets resolved. Might be a real memorable trip if the hitch failed when underway.
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:14 PM   #11
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I'm with Switz. Don't move until you get this resolved!
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:14 PM   #12
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Let's not panic. Yep, it's definitely cracked. But it has been cracked for quite a while— no telling how long— judging from the corrosion, and there is no evidence that the crack has lengthened or spread recently since it all appears to be weathered the same. Which means the problem isn't getting worse despite you still using the hitch.

I definitely recommend replacement in the near future, but you still have enough good metal on your hitch to be able to use it long enough to get home. But just as there's no telling how long the crack has been there, there's no telling how long it will be before it gets worse, if ever. Just make sure you inspect it every day of towing, and if the crack does visibly grow (you'll be able to tell from shiny metal on the edges of the crack where it has lengthened) THEN park the trailer until you can get the hitch replaced.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:23 PM   #13
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It's unanimous, at least among the trailer owners. Replace it immediately.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:27 PM   #14
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Equalizer has a lifetime warranty. Send a photo to them and you may get a new replacement for free.
That's what I'd do. I would not move the trailer until replaced.

By the way, nice catch. You are doing well by inspecting for these things.

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