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Old 06-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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A heart wrenching story and reminder.

Mistake by driver kills father, daughter | Local 4 Defenders - Home

This is why I switched to a lock instead a cotter pin. So sad.
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Sad indeed.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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This is why I switched to a lock instead a cotter pin. So sad.
Drilled the hole out in the pin and use a padlock. Have for years to prevent someone with sticky fingers walking off with it. Even padlock my filler plug for the hitch.
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I was just on Dangerous Trailers.org and although, this guy does go overboard, there is some scary and dangerous stuff on there.
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Such sorrow. I can't imagine having to live the lives of either of the parties involved.
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Tow Ready Locking Hitch Pin for 2 or 2-1/2 inch Receivers 63223

no reason not to own one. I would never trust the cotter pin anyway. Most likely one was installed that fell off in this case.
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Drilled the hole out in the pin and use a padlock. Have for years to prevent someone with sticky fingers walking off with it. Even padlock my filler plug for the hitch.
I like the set-up never thought of drilling out. Do you (or anyone) have any comments respecting; The mastercraft key safe hitch lock, the pin slides through and a key locking mechanism attaches on other end. Ever heard any bad about those types. Any best practices out there to help avoid such tragedies?
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I like the set-up never thought of drilling out. Do you (or anyone) have any comments respecting; The mastercraft key safe hitch lock, the pin slides through and a key locking mechanism attaches on other end. Ever heard any bad about those types. Any best practices out there to help avoid such tragedies?
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.
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I like the set-up never thought of drilling out. Do you (or anyone) have any comments respecting; The mastercraft key safe hitch lock, the pin slides through and a key locking mechanism attaches on other end. Ever heard any bad about those types. Any best practices out there to help avoid such tragedies?
Never had the mastercraft hitch lock, was always too cheap when I had a bunch of Master padlocks. We have about 8 or 10 Master padlocks all keyed alike that we use on trailers, hitches etc. Used the same ones since 1966 when I started work for IH and that's what they used to lock panels on their experimental combines.
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While traveling to a campground with my kids, I stopped at a Walmart to pick up some food items. When I came back out, started my truck, I noticed my break controller light didn't come on - I knew it was working when I got there! Someone unplugged it. :-O
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