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Old 08-09-2009, 05:33 PM   #29
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Maybe I can talk the dealer into replacing it with a better aftermarket... I'm still under warranty... What's a recommended aftermarket ?

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:15 PM   #30
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I did notice an advertisement for Draw Tite for their J-Pin that has a big nut on one side that tightens it up against the receiver to cut down on play.

Any comments? Or ideas?
I have one of those pins that I used on last truck (a Ford) and it works fine with but only with a DrawTite hitch that has an extra hole bored in its side for the end of the "J" to fit into. It worked fine, locked well, avoided rattles, etc. But it won't fit the larger-bore receiver of the GM hitches.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:34 AM   #31
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Maybe I can talk the dealer into replacing it with a better aftermarket... I'm still under warranty... What's a recommended aftermarket ?

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The dealer is only "allowed" to replace with OEM, bring him a replacement and he may install it with no labor charge and keep your receiver for warranty if it shows abnormal ware. (you didn't hear it from me)

Have always had good luck with Reese.
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:51 PM   #32
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it seems like reese or curt are both good hitches to go with and cost about the same... now it seems like i might as well get a receiver with a 2" opening instead... the 2 1/2" is just a pain in the butt...

any votes on reese or curt ?

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Old 08-10-2009, 04:59 PM   #33
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I vote for Hidden Hitch!
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #34
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This is a Reese class 5 with a welded insert, insert provides a closer fit, eliminating excess play and noise.
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Hi, Robert Cross forgot to tell us that he had to install stronger rear springs on his tow vehicle to compensate for the weight of his new receiver.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:32 PM   #36
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hello

i just bought a 2007 used chevy 2500 diesel with heavy duty tow package. the 2 1/2 hitch receiver was never used...

so i got my 25' international, picked it up, towed it 50 miles, pick it up an other day towed it 50 miles, all mostly on highway, some on surface street...

the dealer installed a equilizer hitch (who knows if he did it right ?)...

this is how the hitch looks like after about 100 miles... any comments why this could happen ?

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Look at the wear pattern.
The hitch used in that receiver was loaded down. No WD. If WD had been used the wear would have been strait forward on down.
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Curved pin

On post #14, vajeep makes the point of the curved end of the pin causing wear on the hole in the receiver. Notice the bump on the inboard side of the bend on my hitch...could be the problem.
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I use a curved end pin for 2 yrs IT definitely don't look like that. It shows no wear. I have a 12 foot flat also that I haul tractors on,it has no brakes, so the pin would normally show some wear but it don't.Either the hole was over size or the pin under to get slop wear like that.
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Hi, I also use a curved end hitch lock, but I always center it [approximately] and it stays in place. I don't shove it all the way in, against the bend, or push the lock mechanism all the way over either. So I don't have the same marks on my lock or receiver. My first, short lived hitch lock, was a Master 1/2" shaft with a 5/8" sleeve; It bent on my trip from the selling dealer in Eugene, Oregon to my home in Lakewood, California. [JUNK]
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On post #14, vajeep makes the point of the curved end of the pin causing wear on the hole in the receiver. Notice the bump on the inboard side of the bend on my hitch...could be the problem.
I never use those pins. I threw them out. I use a heavy duty locking pin. Goes strait through, flush to the receiver on both ends.
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I push the pin all the way to the lock, so the curve doesn't touch the hitch receiver. No wear on the pin, though it seems just slightly smaller than it should be and sometimes i can just feel that slack when starting up.

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Beware the Master Lock receiver pin with the keyed-alike trailer hitch lock. The receiver pin uses a sleeve/bushing to increase its' diameter and that sleeve/bushing is subject to cracking or splitting. I replaced mine with a locking pin that has the correct diameter. My concern was that a failure of the bushing could go undetected and the resulting lash ("slop") could cause the smaller diameter base pin to snap
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