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Old 03-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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Receiver locks

A lot has been written about coupler locks but what about receiver locks. I am thinking about purchasing a new one. The one I bought last year, Reese Professional series was a bear to take off. The lock froze and I was only able to get it off with the use of graphite and a wrench to lossen it. It was on the receiver for about six months.

I do not want to go through this each time i want to remove the receiver so i was wondering what others recommend.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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Graphite is good. Gun oil works, too, but use one or the other, not both.

I can't use most receiver locks. My receiver has the seven-pin connector welded on too close to the reciever to use a lock that requires a key inserted in the end, and manipulaing a combination lock in that small space is problematic as well. I have to use one that has the key inserted at right angles to the pin. This one is made by Master, and has a cover for the keyhole to keep out dirt. When I use it, I have to hold the lock in that small space between receiver and seven-pin connector, from underneath, and then insert the hitch pin into the lock.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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I got this. Both are keyed alike with dust covers.

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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If you only remove the hitch seasonally, just use a 5/8" grade 8 bolt and a locknut. It will come off in a few minutes with a socket wrench but is time consuming enough to remove with a Leatherman and a crescent wrench that it will deter theft.

Most receiver locks can be broken off quickly with a large punch or chisel and a 2 pound hammer because they cut the locking ring so deep in the pin that it weakens it. One good hit will do it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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A spot weld will take care of that. I replaced my rear bumper with a www.southtexasoutfitters.com bumper and had them spot weld it to the frame. The hitch itself is welded to the bumper so no worries there.

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If you only remove the hitch seasonally, just use a 5/8" grade 8 bolt and a locknut. It will come off in a few minutes with a socket wrench but is time consuming enough to remove with a Leatherman and a crescent wrench that it will deter theft.

Most receiver locks can be broken off quickly with a large punch or chisel and a 2 pound hammer because they cut the locking ring so deep in the pin that it weakens it. One good hit will do it.
So a lock is no good because it can be knocked off with a hammer and chisel, but a bolt is fine because it's a pain to remove with a Leatherman and crescent wrench?

I would think that if a thief is carrying around a hammer and chisel, he's probably got a whole toolbox— including a socket set— with him, too, so a bolt is no more of a deterrent than a lock in that regard.
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The point was that there's no real reason to use the lock because it doesn't offer better security than a bolt and locknut.

I was also providing some advice for the next time someone can't get the receiver lock off.

Not sure why I bother.
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I use a stainless steel lock by Trimax. Have had it for about 8 years and no problems at all.
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I have been happy with the Trimax Receiver Lock model T3. This has the solid 5/8" stainless steel shaft.
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The point was that there's no real reason to use the lock because it doesn't offer better security than a bolt and locknut.

I was also providing some advice for the next time someone can't get the receiver lock off.

Not sure why I bother.
Apologies if my response caused you any heartburn. I didn't take what you said the way you meant it. Guess I'm just too literal-minded; the curse of being an engineer.
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