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Old 03-30-2008, 08:05 PM   #15

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Replaced Recievers

Originally Posted by Crawdad
That is exactly what mine looks like. Did the six units that you replaced in the last year fail...or did the owner replace them for fear that they would fail? Either way, I will probably replace mine.
Three customers who used theirs as TV replaced with after market, one had an elongated pin hole, and two for cracked welds.
One customer who didn't tow had his replaced under warranty, with OEM for excess rust.
Two 2500 work trucks had new OEM receivers replaced for bent hitch box under warranty. Big trlrs, with no wd, but still within weight limits..

Check out the thread 2air referenced above for more info.
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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:58 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by gowyn
when I had my haha installed the dealer beefed up the stock hitch, couple pieces of angle iron welded on and good to go. I think the problem is the tubing is round so the square reciever rotates up and down thereby creating unusual stresses on the welds. With the extra bits welded on I'm good to go.
Regardless of its possible design or quality control issues, I would guess there is no single part of the hitch that is over sized and no part that is under sized. By welding strengtheners on the hitch, the dealer may have done 2 bad things - (1) the welding ruined the metal structure of the round tube in places that were designed to be uniform and absorb linear and and torsion loading, and (2) over stiffened the center section, reducing strength of the overall system - which should lead to earlier, not prevented failure. I suggest you have ruined your unit by allowing your dealer to weld strengtheners on it and it should be considered unsafe, more prone to catastrophic rather than safer progressive failure modes at its attachment points or outer sections. Please consider replacing it.

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