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Old 09-09-2019, 05:46 PM   #81
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Hitching problem for nooobs

Happened to us last June..getting ready to break camp one morning and was hitching up our Casita 17' w its anti-sway bar thingie. I always do a walkabout b4 rolling and check the hitch "one more time." This time as I reached for the lock end of the hitch bar pin, the whole lock end came off in my hand..I looked inside and there were a buncha busted little plastic parts and broken metal. Fortunately I carry at least one spare hitch pin w a spare cotter pin..I took off the broken one and slipped in a new one..no lock but it was a new pin. Whew..bks if that "lock" had fallen off on the road, the picn could have easily dropped out and the whole ball-mount and bar could have just slid off. Maybe the chains wd have held..maybe.
Here is an example of what broke( only had 8 months duty)

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Old 09-09-2019, 05:49 PM   #82
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That is the second report of that that brand pin failing the same way. I don't thing I'd trust one...

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Old 09-09-2019, 06:31 PM   #83
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I have used one of these for last 5 years, even if the lock failed, the bolt is screwed/threaded into the hitch for anti rattle impact.https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Anti-...e/SR25219.html
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