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Old 04-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #29
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I put a receiver hole plate in for the winter and a brand new dogbone receiver lock. When I went to put the receiver/ball in this week my lock would unlock but refused to come off the pin.

I had to saw the lock off the pin. It took less than ten minutes with my Dremel tool with a circular metal blade.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:46 PM   #30
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We were towing a tent trailer from Williams Lake into Barkerville one summer. When we got to the campground we discovered the only thing keeping us together was the safety chain. We were pretty sure someone had pulled the pin on us. Problem was there are no stores there, so we took the hitch to the blacksmith and he made us a new pin and hairpin. Cost us $15 but it was well worth it. When we got back to the city we bought a locking pin and have used it ever since. We keep the blacksmith one to remind us to check it often.
This is a good reason to properly set up your trailer chains so at least if you loose the hitch pin your stinger cant pull all the way out dropping your trailer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:51 PM   #31
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I ride my bike (pedals) 1,000's of klm's a year and over the past 10 years I have found 3 of these on the side of the road. Bet there is a good story behind everyone of them.
Suspect the story to be that the party took the pin off when they unhitched the trailer or pulled their stringer off - placed the pin on the bumper and forgot about it. Pin eventually falls off bumper as they drive down the road Have heard that story a few times - usually about the time someone goes to put the stringer back on the hitch and starts questioning where the pin for it went.
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I have never seen a hitch pin or retaining clip on the road but I have personally picked up 3 stingers with ball attached off the highway and several I have drove by and left as too dangerous to retrieve. This all in city streets and highways in southern California. How people loose this stuff I don't know.
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:57 PM   #33
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:00 PM   #34
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Suspect the story to be that the party took the pin off when they unhitched the trailer or pulled their stringer off - placed the pin on the bumper and forgot about it. Pin eventually falls off bumper as they drive down the road Have heard that story a few times - usually about the time someone goes to put the stringer back on the hitch and starts questioning where the pin for it went.
Sounds like someone is speaking from experience.

Speaking experience, has anyone ever not latched their hitch to the ball before. I know someone who has.....twice. And once was with a dump trailer, which I never realized until the 8,000 lb load was way up in the air. Thank god for chains.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:11 AM   #35
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What I have seen and heard about on multiple occasions is that there are those folks out there that think it is funny to swipe a hitch pin off of a parked vehicle. "Hey, watch this! Har, har". I always carry a spare pin, for that very reason. It has happened to me. [snip]
Once after leaving a rest stop my water heater's door came open. Anyone who has a water heater knows it's just not going to come open by it's self and yes I have the metal style latch.
Since most rest stops have trucks and cars towing trailers park in the same area it's just possible there are some really bored jokers.

I always use a locking pin, lock on the hitch and stainless steel screws helping to secure the refrigerator vents. Why make it easy for them?

I also use a "Hitch-vice" to remove the slop between the hitch and receiver from these people.
Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories

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Old 04-16-2015, 10:23 AM   #36
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I have never seen a hitch pin or retaining clip on the road but I have personally picked up 3 stingers with ball attached off the highway and several I have drove by and left as too dangerous to retrieve. This all in city streets and highways in southern California. How people loose this stuff I don't know.
NO BRAINS!!
We were headed north through LA on our way home on Apr. 6th on the 5.
Just north of the 5 - 405 interchange a truck loaded with outhouses and 2 big white plastic containers about 2ft x 4ft x 8ft strapped across the back,,barely got up to speed when one of the plastic containers slid off into traffic. we were out of the direction of the container travel so I excaped no problem but a quick look in the mirror I noticed cars diving around,,,,,,,,,,
can't imagine the trouble that caused!! The truck got off at the next exit with the other container about ready to fall off.

People are plain lazy when it comes to securing stuff in or behind their truck.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:07 AM   #37
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Sounds like someone is speaking from experience.

Speaking experience, has anyone ever not latched their hitch to the ball before. I know someone who has.....twice. And once was with a dump trailer, which I never realized until the 8,000 lb load was way up in the air. Thank god for chains.

Yes I have seen a number of occurrences of the hitch latch not being secured or if it was it wasn't locked down correctly resulting in a trailer disconnect. Mostly on a Sunday as people are leaving a fiberglass trailer or vintage trailer meet - perhaps their heads are a little foggy & they did not take the time to double check the ball was completely locked in - often the disconnect occurs before they get completely out of the camping area to the amusement of other meet participants.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:53 AM   #38
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Once many years ago I saw a trailer disconnect from a pick up truck that was moving along at about 60 mph. The divided 4 lane highway was very bumpy and the trailer disconnected and started to head across traffic directly into the path of my vehicle. If it had continued across the median I would have had a real problem, but one wheel of the trailer hit one of the many potholes in the pavement causing the out of control trailer to make a sharp right turn away from my path. For a few seconds I thought I was going to be involved in a serious accident. I watched in my rear view mirror and the trailer continued traveling thru some barrier bushes and went into a lake. It was completely submerged under water. I waited to see if the driver of the pick up would return. the pick up never returned in the time I waited and without my help I doubt he ever found the trailer. I'm not sure why the trailer disconnected but I am sure excessive speed and pavement full of potholes were part of the problem. The trailer was a double axle stake side. I suspect it was a rental but don't know for sure. If there were safety chains they didn't work.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:09 AM   #39
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Those "hair pins" that secure the draw bar pin seem a little sketchy. Mine is the type that goes through a hole drilled in the pin. Some snap around a groove in the pin. They work well, but the potential for disaster is there if the pin gets deformed by use and simply falls off. I try to remember to check everything before hitting the road, but it would be easy to miss one thing without using a check list.
Maybe a second hole drilled through the pin as a backup would be simple and good. It wouldn't solve theft or tampering though. I detest having to use locks on everything. I lose keys or the damn things rust up. arrgh..
I elected to use set screws in lieu of a anti-rattle U bolt on the receiver. There are two 3/8" bolts, one on the top and one on the side. When clamped down the draw bar could most likely tow the trailer without a pin. The set screws keep the pin from rattling, so no wear happens to the holes or pin. Quietness is good. The set screws could also deter theft of the draw bar.
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