Valley Hitches: good hitch but cheap bolts
Heads up on something-I just installed a Valley Hitch receiver out of Lodi, CA. I went up to class 5 from the stock Ford receiver.
I bought a Valley hitch from Lodi, CA. Good hitch, bad bolts. Careful with this one folks.
The factory bolts I took off my Ford truck were bigger and stronger than the aftermarket replacement bolts Valley sent me.
The bolts in the Valley hardware package were smaller bolts for a bigger receiver than the factory bolts I removed. Their choice of bolts were so small, they rattled around in the bolt holes. These Valley bolts are even grade 5, not grade 8. Cheap bastards!
I chose to retain my bigger better stronger factory bolts. I even had to get out the die grinder and hog out the receiver hitch a little to make my grade 8 factory bolts fit in their holes.
This is why I do my own labor and work on my own stuff. You gotta catch stuff like this so you don't put your life and equipment at risk. A standard truck\trailer\hitch place would have had some punk installing this unit on my truck without second thought.
The Valley hitch receiver was a good unit. Their bolts were junk. Bad company or manager. I wrote them a nasty-gram to let them know how I felt about this. Just wanted to let you all know this little situation. Check closely your mounting hardware. Make sure you get the best. Your trailer and your legal liability are at risk with some folks.