Masterlock Hitch Pin Cracks
I have a set of Masterlock locking hitch pins. One for the receiver and the other for the trailer latch - keyed alike. The pin for the receiver has a bushing over it to properly size it for the receiver hole and, upon unhooking last week, I noticed that the bushing was beginning to split longitudinally at one end for about one-half inch. My first impression was that it was a rather insignificant problem, but the more I thought about it, if the ends of this bushing deteriorate enough (---and fall out of place,) creating slop where the pin passes through the receiver walls, that could result in enough fore and aft slippage to generate a high shearing load on the pin and possible failure. I plan to contact Masterlock about the problem but, in the meanwhile I would advise anyone who has this lock to check it out. My locks are at least five years old - and possibly older if I used then on earlier trailers???
2003 GMC 3500 D/A, CC, LB, 4x4 and 2000 Airstream Excella 30. WBCCI 7074