Thanks for responses. Both of our trucks are 1 ton crew cabs, 8 ft beds. One Ford and a Dodge. Neither have sway control. When hooked up the trailer is level and with 7 loose links the bars have a good flex in them. It is a bit of a struggle to get them locked into place with the wrench. There is a lot of pressure on the bars. Blue ox suggests that I raise the tongue up more to make it easier.
Blue Ox didn't seemed to concerned about the pin missing. Just wondering if it happens often? They are sending me a kit. The pins are not very long and they just fit into the bars by maybe a 1/2 inch. There is a grove in them that the spring clips go into. The springs won't let them go all the way down, but they do hold them in place, that's why I'm wondering how the pin came out. The spring clip are still there.
As far as the creaking is concerned, it didn't do it all the other times backing up or going forward. It might have been because the pin was missing and the bar was moving, with all the tension on it.
We will see tomorrow. It's going up to our campground. I made a pin, just in case the new one doesn't get here in time.
Thanks again. Bob
Bob and Deb
Diesel, the black lab
2015 F350 6.7 diesel 4x4
Crew Cab 8 ft. bed
Sanibel 38ft QB