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Old 06-25-2013, 11:03 AM   #11
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Have a link to the particular one you are talking about? There are a lot out there.

As for best practices, use your safety chains, double check your rig connection, then check it again. I get on mine and jump and down a little to see if anything moves that should not, and make sure what should move, does.

Chains should be crossed and twisted to remove any excess droop.
Here is a picture, I like oldcoots set-up drilling out but this is what I have now.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #12
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Here is a picture, I like oldcoots set-up drilling out but this is what I have now.
That looks like a nice solid lock, and I think it would work great.

I would not try to drill out a pin myself, as I do not have access to a machine shop with a drill press.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #13
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best part for a lot of us pulling travel trailers and using weight distribution hitches is the torsion bars will actually "theoretically" hold the coupler of the trailer onto the ball of the hitch head.

I generally will do a walk around after I finish hooking up the hitch, then I turn back around and make the walk around in the opposite direction to do a double check and see things from a different angle. I also ALWAYS make sure I am the one who hooks the hitch up! I want the reassurance that I did it and no one else. I also don't want anyone else to ever have to feel responsible if something were to happen with the hitch...

An experience I had with one of the locking receiver pins was that the dimpled groove for the lock to seat into actually broke right there once while installing it... Fortunately didn't happen while moving... I haven't used one since then... I'm sure this was a freak occurrence but it has me scared of them. I'm sure the same thing could happen to the conventional pin as well...

Truly a sad sad story though...
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:15 AM   #14
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Trimax makes hitch pin and coupler locks that you can have keyed the same and they have the wider hitch pin for the new F350 hitch. I have 3 trailers total and now I have them all keyed the same.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:15 AM   #15
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Tragic is an understatement here, so sad.

I'd say there's no excuse for it, but, I suspect some of us have forgotten something simple before and just got lucky no one got hurt as a result.

I'll fess up and admit one time I forgot to put the pin in my tilt snowmobile trailer. Half way up a steep grade the trailer flipped up and started swerving side to side behind my Jeep. I am fortunate that no one was coming at us the other way!

As for the hitch pin, I have used a Master Lock pin for 15+ years, through all weather conditions, including salty New England roads in winter (we snowmobile too). These are stainless steel and have rubber seals. It fits tight to the receiver so that you couldn't possibly cut them off either.

I picked this one up at West Marine after I got my GMC, as it was the only place that had the wider pins for my Class V hitch.

EDIT: Here's a link. $28.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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Can't view the video at work - can someone provide a short recap? Sounds like either the cotter pin broke or was never installed and the ball pulled out of the hitch? Were chains not attached either?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:17 AM   #17
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That looks like a nice solid lock, and I think it would work great.

I would not try to drill out a pin myself, as I do not have access to a machine shop with a drill press.
Don't need a drill press, just leave it in the hitch and use a good 1/2" drill motor and the appropriate drill bit. Once the hole is large enough you will have to file or grind a radius on the sides of the hole so a regular padlock will close. Takes about 10-15 minutes.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #18
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This something that always keeps me on my toes. I agree and do hook up everytime, no one but me and I do this practice with our last son still at home so he learns right. I double check and even drive a mile or so and pull over to make sure the hook-up is still solid. Then you read something like above and just wonder is there anything better. Thanks for the comment
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:44 PM   #19
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Can't view the video at work - can someone provide a short recap? Sounds like either the cotter pin broke or was never installed and the ball pulled out of the hitch? Were chains not attached either?
No chains or cotter pin in the hitch receiver to hold the hitch in place.
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Wow, that is really a horrible situation. I know I am still running the original equipment cotter pin on my Equalizer. I think I will start looking for a suitable locking replacement hitch pin. Prior to purchasing this hitch, I always ran a locking pin. My only concern was finding a pin rated for use with this hitch. My heart goes out to that lady and her little boy. It certainly goes to show what can happen if a person fails to take the extra 5 minutes to ensure that everything is correct.
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