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Old 06-08-2016, 12:11 AM   #21
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Go to Walmart and buy another exact lock, probably the same key. If not return it.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:19 AM   #22
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Only one pin really needs to be removed, at least for now. The ball mount can stay at the same drop setting.
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the lock up under the bumper looks tough to get to...check under rear to see if your truck receiver bolts to the truck frame with about 4 bolts? you might have to drop spare tire to get to them.
if so go to auto shop
have them undo the 4 bolts with air socket tool
remove receiver
have the locks cut or blow torched
put receiver back on and tighten 4 bolts with air socket tool
That's an interesting approach, and has potential if there's no other way to get safe access to the pin holding the ball mount in the receiver. On the other hand, it's a pickup truck so there should be more than four bolts; eight or more would be typical for Toyota - I don't know about a Ram. The receiver is also likely to be integrated with the bumper structure, so it might not be a trivial exercise.

With any luck nothing more than perhaps removing the spare will be needed for access.

Maybe it's just me, but I would certainly prefer to keep a torch away from any part of the vehicle or hitch. Sawing (or cutting with an abrasive disk) is more appealing, but of course locks should be designed to make this difficult.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:35 AM   #23
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you'll find the keys 10 minutes after you spend 5 hours taking the lock off. Happens every time.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:43 AM   #24
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Call the new owners and have them ship overnight the keys they can't find a lock to put them in.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:56 AM   #25
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Only one pin really needs to be removed, at least for now. The ball mount can stay at the same drop setting.

That's an interesting approach, and has potential if there's no other way to get safe access to the pin holding the ball mount in the receiver. On the other hand, it's a pickup truck so there should be more than four bolts; eight or more would be typical for Toyota - I don't know about a Ram. The receiver is also likely to be integrated with the bumper structure, so it might not be a trivial exercise.

With any luck nothing more than perhaps removing the spare will be needed for access.

Maybe it's just me, but I would certainly prefer to keep a torch away from any part of the vehicle or hitch. Sawing (or cutting with an abrasive disk) is more appealing, but of course locks should be designed to make this difficult.
been a few months since I crawled under there, but the heavy duty receiver was a 2015 Ram factory option on this camper's truck and does not appear to integrate to the bumper but rather attaches to the main frame....the foggy memory visualizes possibly a few bolts toward the bumper and most big bolts at each end of the big curved receiver frame and where it attaches to the main truck frame on either side of the spare, hence you may need to drop the spare to see them all. Just a thought and maybe its more trouble than its worth....the gas tank is ahead of the rear axle toward the front of the vehicle...
probably weird but tend to make LOTS of spare keys and sprinkle them everywhere!
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:18 AM   #26
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Call the new owners and have them ship overnight the keys they can't find a lock to put them in.
that sounds like the idea with the least hassle..assuming of course the new owners have them.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:21 AM   #27
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Hi: cpaharley2008... Time to trader her in. Sorry you'll lose the lubed for life option though. Alf
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:21 AM   #28
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Hmm.... it looks like the Ram 1500 receiver box might be a bolt-on to the structure (as shown in this Curt example from eTrailer), and if so you can pull if off by removing three bolts... complete with the ball mount. Then the lock-cutting can be done on the workbench, instead of under the truck.

I think it's worth having a look; if it's done this way, that domed cap in the centre of the bumper step will pull out to reveal the head of a vertical bolt, with two more bolts mounted horizontally on the front (hidden) side. This can be confirmed or ruled out in about one minute of examination.
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you'll find the keys 10 minutes after you spend 5 hours taking the lock off. Happens every time.
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