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Old 07-23-2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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HITCH PINS Safety and Security

Hanging at Toyota to further discuss brake controller install, a salesman came by (of COURSE ) We moved on quickly from sales pitching (just bought my new Highlander in June) to him kindly answering a few general questions I had re towing. What stood out to me, was his recommendation I have plenty of hitch pins - "...you'd be surprised how often they get pulled, or catch on something just wrong" ...and I see on The-Big-Store-of-the-Ether that there are options for locking hitch pin lock sets.

Curious to hear from all you with more experience than my zero.

THANKS! (Picking up my trailer Aug4)
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I use these that are keyed alike and lock both the receiver and trailer coupler when we are traveling https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

There are lots of other models and makes available too.
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It adds a certain level of comfort, knowing no one can just walk away with your hitch ball mount when not towing, and that some prankster can't set you up for disaster somewhere down the road by removing the hitch pin clip when you're not watching. Personally, I like the Reese barrel style. It is easy to use and gives a positive response to being locked so you know when it's securely in place.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reese-Class...SABEgI_KvD_BwE
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Never heard of or had one get accidentally pulled. Guess if you worry about thieves it would make you rest better.

I have heard of kids in campgrounds opening the black tank valve with the cover still on, then closing it. Great fun when at the dump station. Don't think you can get a lock for that.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:20 AM   #5
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I use these that are keyed alike and lock both the receiver and trailer coupler when we are traveling https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

There are lots of other models and makes available too.
A friend of mine gave me a hitch pin like that. I managed to get it in, and locked, in such a way that I could not get the key back into the lock to unlock it. I had to take it to a local trailer company and get them to cut it off. So you just have to be careful how you install them
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Some of the locking pins for the hitch/receiver are not long enough so check this before buying.

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I use these that are keyed alike and lock both the receiver and trailer coupler when we are traveling https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Are these strong enough to use while towing?
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Yes they are all designed to tow...very convenient having the pair keyed alike. I use one on my bike rack.
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A friend of mine gave me a hitch pin like that. I managed to get it in, and locked, in such a way that I could not get the key back into the lock to unlock it. I had to take it to a local trailer company and get them to cut it off. So you just have to be careful how you install them
We use to use a locking hitch pin . We took a trip down South one winter ( Wisconsin to Florida ) . When returning home to Wisconsin I wanted to remove the hitch from my truck but unfortunately the locking hitch pin would not unlock. No amount of penetrating oil would free up the lock . We ended up cutting the hitch pin off with a grinder , a real PITA.
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We use to use a locking hitch pin . We took a trip down South one winter ( Wisconsin to Florida ) . When returning home to Wisconsin I wanted to remove the hitch from my truck but unfortunately the locking hitch pin would not unlock. No amount of penetrating oil would free up the lock . We ended up cutting the hitch pin off with a grinder , a real PITA.
I ended up paying the local shop $10 to cut if off with a torch. After that I just went back to my regular non-locking pin.
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