safety tip: check hitch ball periodically - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-24-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Roamin
Trailer: Scamp 13'
New Hampshire
Posts: 232
safety tip: check hitch ball periodically

Hi everyone, I just got back from a 2,000 mile trip and found partway along that my hitch ball was loose. The nut was halfway down the shaft! I had not noticed it, or looked at it to be honest. I will be checking this from now on, along with the lug nuts and tire pressure. UHaul said it hadn't been installed correctly (not torqued properly) and replaced it and the drawbar, as the hole in the drawbar had become eggshaped. Just thought I'd pass it along in case anyone was as naive as me!
__________________

__________________
Doghaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 06:59 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2005 16 ft Scamp
Posts: 294
Ah, this happened to me also! It freaked me out...mine was not as bad off as yours, so I had a big strong man friend of mine tighten it and it has been good since. YES, definately check it regularly!! Great post!
__________________

__________________
Monica M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
Heidi, safety reminders are always welcome. Complacency can be a killer!
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 07:09 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,398
Registry
drill a small hole thru the shaft and nut and wire nut the nut. like what they do on motorcycle's in races.
__________________
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 05:37 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Rick G's Avatar
 
Name: Rick
Trailer: former Boler, now 1980 Trillium 4500
British Columbia
Posts: 366
Registry
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by Monica M View Post
Ah, this happened to me also! It freaked me out...mine was not as bad off as yours, so I had a big strong man friend of mine tighten it and it has been good since. YES, definately check it regularly!! Great post!
Same thing happened to me, but just a bit loose, not a real problem yet. I now check it every time I put the trailer on the hitch just to make sure it is still tight.

To get the ball on really tight, you can put the drawbar in the hitch rotated 90 degrees, so that the ball and attached bolt are horizontal to the ground instead of the usual verticle. That way you can get a lot more torque tightening (or loosening when necessary) the ball by being able to put your weight on it. If the nut is to the left, then yanking down tightens it. If the nut is to the right, then yanking down loosens it.

Rick G
__________________
Rick G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
Member
 
Name: Paul
Trailer: 2012 Escape 19 / 2013 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 Diesel!!!
British Columbia
Posts: 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
drill a small hole thru the shaft and nut and wire nut the nut. like what they do on motorcycle's in races.
Yes!!! I've been doing this for years on a variety of fasteners that are subject to stresses that may cause them to loosen with catastrophic results.
__________________
BC Paul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2011, 09:32 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
floyd's Avatar
 
Name: Floyd
Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
IllAnnoy
Posts: 6,049
Registry
Great advice. My drawbars are removed between uses and placed in storage. They are carried by the hitchball each time and inspected going both ways. We also check the wiring, lights, chains, coupler, hitch, and tire pressure before each trip.
We test our water system and appliances and run a checklist on windows, doors, vents, and locks, Even checking the lid on the toilet and the stock of toiletries, first aid kit...ETC.
While some of these are more crucial than others, I always find it easier to make adjustments in my nice warm shop with all the tools and parts, than along side the road in the dark and rain.
Which reminds me... weigh your propane tank. A twenty pounder will weigh about 18lbs empty and about 38lbs full. before we got a guage we always kept the ones under 25lbs for home grill use.
__________________
floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2011, 07:06 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Bud Kennedy's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1984 U-Haul / 02 Mazda pick up
Posts: 174
A good product for securing all threaded fasteners is called lock tight. It is a liquid that is applied to the threads before the joint is made.

There are two types, One of them is blue in color and is used when the nut is NEVER! intended to be un done. The other is red and allows disassembly in the future. They are reliable if applied to clean surfaces.
__________________
Bud Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Name: Jesse
Trailer: 1984 Scamp 13'
Maryland
Posts: 818
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bud Kennedy
A good product for securing all threaded fasteners is called lock tight. It is a liquid that is applied to the threads before the joint is made.

There are two types, One of them is blue in color and is used when the nut is NEVER! intended to be un done. The other is red and allows disassembly in the future. They are reliable if applied to clean surfaces.
Bud, I think you got the colors reversed.
__________________
-Jesse
SOLD! - 1984 Scamp 13 in Maryland.
mcbrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Name: Tom
Trailer: none
Minnesota
Posts: 250
Registry
yes red locktite is for the never want to remove fasteners....
__________________
Hambone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2011, 09:51 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: Roamin
Trailer: Scamp 13'
New Hampshire
Posts: 232
Ooh, thanks especially for this tip. I have been wondering how I can tell. I use it so little, I'm still on the original tank, and was supposed to be Scamping this weekend and with the cold temps was thinking I needed to swap it out anyways.

. weigh your propane tank. A twenty pounder will weigh about 18lbs empty and about 38lbs full. before we got a guage we always kept the ones under 25lbs for home grill use.[/QUOTE]
__________________
Doghaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2011, 09:55 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Name: Roamin
Trailer: Scamp 13'
New Hampshire
Posts: 232
U-Haul hitch ball

The UHaul system has a sort of white plastic washer between the ball and the nut that is supposed to be compressed and the outside rim breaks off when it is torqued tightly enough. This is according to UHaul a good system and shouldn't have glue or anything. There is also a cotter pin inserted in a hole drilled through the bottom of the ball shaft, also done by UHaul. They have all kinds of claims that this is a superior system, and I'm not inclined to mess with it, although I will check to see that it stays tight from now on.
__________________

__________________
Doghaus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hitch Aid / Bumper Guard Behind Hitch Ball? Parker Buckley Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 12 01-27-2008 04:05 PM
A Safety Check HaroldB General Chat 10 01-01-2008 02:23 PM
Check Your Hitch Ball ! Brian T Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 38 10-03-2007 12:31 PM
Safety Tip Toodie General Chat 3 08-24-2006 09:09 AM
Safety Tip Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.