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Old 09-22-2019, 05:42 AM   #1
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Iíve searched several forums but canít find the answer (which might in itself BE the answer)...

Back in early 2012 we bought a new Ď12 Ram 3500 Big Horn CCSB SRW CTD 4x4 pickup. Since there were (evidently) cases of the welds breaking on the hitch receivers of other Ď12ís, I had the factory receiver removed and a Reese Titan Class V receiver installed. Even though our Ď14 FC 27FB isnít that heavy, I will always opt for more safety when given the opportunity.

Last month, we traded up to a leftover Ď18 Ram 3500 SLT CCSB SRW CTD HO 4x4 pickup with the Aisin transmission.

Is there any reason to replace the factory hitch receiver?
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Old 09-22-2019, 06:05 AM   #2
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Depends. Are you in a road salt area? I haven’t heard of receivers breaking but they do rust badly underneath if not protected with NHOil or Fluid Film religiously from day one (I’ve done this on my ‘12 even though it will never see use in winter or even on a dirt road).

Did your ‘12 show signs of failure or did you hear something?
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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They do use road salt, but sparingly. They use de-icer which is corrosive too, but I donít do much driving in the Winter anyway now that Iím retired.

I replaced the receiver on the Ď12 as a precautionary measure when the truck was new. While I donít tow a heavy trailer I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

Iím thinking the absence of complaints or NHTSA recalls probably answers my question.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:44 PM   #4
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They do use road salt, but sparingly. They use de-icer which is corrosive too, but I donít do much driving in the Winter anyway now that Iím retired.

I replaced the receiver on the Ď12 as a precautionary measure when the truck was new. While I donít tow a heavy trailer I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

Iím thinking the absence of complaints or NHTSA recalls probably answers my question.
I agree with your observation about the lack of complaints. We just picked up a new Ď19 Ram 2500 and I crawled under to inspect the hitch. Itís much beefier than the Ď19 Ram 1500 it replaced. We towed our 27í Globetrotter with both trucks.

You might post your question on HDRams Forum. Thereís a lot of experience over there!
https://hdrams.com/forum/index.php
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:45 AM   #5
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I appreciate your input (both posts). Iím thinking this is a non-issue (and might have been in Ď12). I have a tendency to err on the side of caution so Iíll just routinely inspect it, like I do the rest of my equipment.
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:26 PM   #6
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I appreciate your input (both posts). I’m thinking this is a non-issue (and might have been in ‘12). I have a tendency to err on the side of caution so I’ll just routinely inspect it, like I do the rest of my equipment.
I have nothing to contribute but just wanted to say that though I now live in the DC area I am from WA and will be driving through Wenatchee (from the Tri Cities to Chelan) in a few weeks. Just seeing people on here from WA, especially Eastern WA, makes me home sick! I love that area and the drive from the Tri Cities up the Columbia is wonderful.

Good luck with the truck and AS!
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:19 AM   #7
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Thank you!

I didnít grow up here but Iíve lived here for close to thirty years. My girls were raised here but have moved on and they too are homesick.

We love to visit Texas, where I grew up. We both have family down there but North Central Washington is home.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:53 AM   #8
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I appreciate your input (both posts). Iím thinking this is a non-issue (and might have been in Ď12). I have a tendency to err on the side of caution so Iíll just routinely inspect it, like I do the rest of my equipment.
I wouldn't expect a problem since pulling an Airstream is a light load for the rating on that receiver. But it's a good idea to inspect the welds on your hitch. Usually there will be a visible crack in a weld long before it actually fails.

When you're looking for weld cracks, throw tons of bright light onto the weld. This is more important than magnification. You will be able to see the tiniest of cracks developing.
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Yup, will do.
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Old 10-01-2019, 03:36 AM   #10
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BTW, simply towing our FC 27FB has never been a concern but the stresses that are placed on vehicles when taking evasive action are. I havenít had to take evasive action yet with our Airstream but the possibility exists. (I did have to move over avoid a suspected drunk driver in Northern Idaho (two lane highway) once when towing an SOB but that was the only time and I didnít come close to losing control).
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