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Old 12-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #43
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I have had two hitch problems also in my many many miles of towing.

The first was a Reese factory weld which cracked and I found after returning from a trip to the Yukon, cira 1982. Reese replaced the hitch part under their (then) lifetime warrantee. So, yes, look over your hitch bars and welds often. The replacement part was fine and I still own that hitch, purchased in 1978.

The second was one which was more disturbing to me. The Factory installed hitch receiver on my Suburban TV was bolted on. One day I was under the rig and looked up to find that the bolts that attached the receiver to the frame were pulling through the frame holes and bending the frame. I made new "washers" out of steel plate, for both top and bottom and put new grade 8 bolts through the top washer, frame, receiver, and bottom washer. Never had any more problem after that.

Point is, check your hitch receiver and mounting points for it also. They are hidden and you have to make a real effort to do that as they are under the vehicle.

Never have your break away lanyard attach to the hitch receiver. If the receiver comes off (see above) you have no safety brake. I put the loop on mine through the 1/2" socket wrench and socket I use for the Andersen hitch nuts on my current hitch and toss it in the back of the Grand Cherokee, and close the hatch. That way I not only have an independent location for the lanyard but it keeps me from forgetting the big socket for the hitch.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:24 AM   #44
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Is there anyway you could post a sketch or a link of what you are describing. I am having difficulty picturing it.

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Take a look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welding_joint

The trick is that you only get so much penetration when welding... so to weld thick material, you remove part of the pieces and then replace it with weld metal that's melted to both parts. For example, when welding pipe together the two ends are beveled and then separated by about 1/8"; you then weld up the gap, grind it smooth and then weld it flush w/ the surface.

That hitch is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Old 12-28-2013, 09:56 AM   #45
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Take a look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welding_joint

The trick is that you only get so much penetration when welding... so to weld thick material, you remove part of the pieces and then replace it with weld metal that's melted to both parts. For example, when welding pipe together the two ends are beveled and then separated by about 1/8"; you then weld up the gap, grind it smooth and then weld it flush w/ the surface.

That hitch is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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I get it know.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #46
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Whew! That was a close call.

Glad you are okay!
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:53 PM   #47
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Never have your break away lanyard attach to the hitch receiver. If the receiver comes off (see above) you have no safety brake. I put the loop on mine through the 1/2" socket wrench and socket I use for the Andersen hitch nuts on my current hitch and toss it in the back of the Grand Cherokee, and close the hatch. That way I not only have an independent location for the lanyard but it keeps me from forgetting the big socket for the hitch.
Thanks for the great tip.....I was told by the dealer to attach the break away cable to the receiver...makes total sense not to.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #48
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Thanks for the great tip.....I was told by the dealer to attach the break away cable to the receiver...makes total sense not to.
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I just learned that too. I feel really stupid for not knowing such a simple thing. Two years I have been towing and gleefully hooking it to my receiver - nice and secure! I wonder what kinds of other things I don't know?
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:52 AM   #49
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I just learned that too. I feel really stupid for not knowing such a simple thing. Two years I have been towing and gleefully hooking it to my receiver - nice and secure! I wonder what kinds of other things I don't know?
Don't feel bad. When we bought our trailer, not only did they have the breakaway cable routed THROUGH the chain, someone had shortened it using electrical butt connectors. When I pulled the cable to test it, it separated in two rather than pulling the pin.

We spent the $30 on the tool to crimp cables and I made a new, heavier, correct length cable, and the pin does come out when it's pulled. Worth every penny even though I have a tool I'll probably use only once or twice again. I should take it to rallies and offer to make up cables for everyone or something...

As for the hitch, yikes. This is a good reminder to all of us to thoroughly check our stuff.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #50
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Zip ties in your tool kit.....

The break-away cable attaches here....


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Old 01-02-2014, 08:40 AM   #51
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GENIUS, BOB! I've been pondering where to attach my breakaway since the license plate is on the lift able hatch.
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Hmmm. I have always wondered where to connect the breakaway. Maybe a new thread with pics would be interesting. Anyone?
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I am happy you are ok. I drove that road in a 35' motorhome with a toad, never again. I now go thru Baker from I15.
I just checked my Equal-I-Zer hitch, the welding does not look like yours, I doubt they would supply a shank like that.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:26 AM   #54
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Good info.....thanks.
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Hmmm. I have always wondered where to connect the breakaway. Maybe a new thread with pics would be interesting. Anyone?
Are you sure your truck doesn't have a spot specifically for it? Our '06 Ford has an eyelet above and to the left of the receiver, so I'd guess that any recent model vehicle designed for towing would have something like that.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:55 AM   #56
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Hmmm. I have always wondered where to connect the breakaway. Maybe a new thread with pics would be interesting. Anyone?
I second that!

In this first picture, my finger is on a hole where the dealer initially connected my brake cable. It's above and to the left of the hitch receiver, under the step bumper. The second picture shows from a more common angle. I totally forgot about that and have been hooking it to one of the same holes on the receiver for the safety chains!

Gotta remember this in the spring!!

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