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Old 03-17-2014, 07:21 PM   #11
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I lock mine religiously since running into a fellow traveler who told the story of "someone" having pulled the handle on his hitch while he'd been parked at a Cracker Barrel. After he described the damage that occurred from his rig dropping into the bed of his TV (and nearly to the ground), I figured an ounce of precaution is worth avoiding the pounds of possible damage...
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:24 PM   #12
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I just use the hitch pin and keep moving cargo away from it so it doesn't get knocked out by accident When we stop, I usually do a walk around before we drive off anyway. You can't move the release handle on my Reese R16K unless the king pin weight is off the hitch
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Funny timing; I just today ordered 3-different padlocks fron Amazon. A pair to lock the puck locks to the truck bed, a pair for the head plate assy, and one for the hitch pin lock arm.

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #14
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I don't move the truck without the pad lock in place.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #15
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Never heard of it on a fiver, but I have heard this story plenty from truckers, including an uncle who luckily spotted it on his rig when he was using the loo at a truck stop.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:29 PM   #16
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My Pullrite has a padlock on it at all times!
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:36 PM   #17
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No lock, but it does have a pin in it and I check the whole rig any time I stop (tires, doors, hitch, lights, etc.) When on long trips. Overkill, maybe, but the safety of my family and others on the roads starts with me.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:38 PM   #18
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I do not put a lock on mine. I do use a hitch pin with a integral spring clip though.

X3. and I have the safety rod installed and that would prevent the pin from getting to far.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #19
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Funny you bring this up, I keep a padlock on mine but I never lock it, I just hang it in there to keep the rod from coming out without some effort!
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No lock, but it does have a pin in it and I check the whole rig any time I stop (tires, doors, hitch, lights, etc.) When on long trips. Overkill, maybe, but the safety of my family and others on the roads starts with me.
Well said, I am always doing the OCD walk around the camper even though I don't have OCD. The DW tells me I have 3D.
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