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Old 06-24-2018, 10:20 AM   #1
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Coupler latch locking pin

Saw a video the other day on trailer safety and what happens if the chains aren't connected or the coupler not seated correctly. The video said to make sure the coupler latch is secured and a pin attached. In my WDH installation and maintenance manual it states: "Ensure the coupler latch is closed and locked with a pin."

During our PDI this was never mentioned nor was a pin provided.

No one, ever in my 67 years, told me about this latch pin when towing any trailer either construction equipment or uhaul rentals or farm equipment trailers. Who was the 'Keeper of this Knowledge" and why have I not heard this until recently.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:28 AM   #2
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No idea how you missed out on that, I’ve been using a pin or lock since the beginning of time. U-Haul trailers have a locking coupler that doesn’t need a pin, it’s threaded with a locking tab.

Our current trailer came with a simple pin that I replaced with a “Bolt” locking pin that utilizes my truck’s ignition key.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:41 AM   #3
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It is possible to "High Ball" a hitch and install the Pin/Bolt/Lock! After lowering hitch on Ball install the Device of Choice and Raise Towed Vehicle until the Tow Vehicle ALSO Raises! This is done anyway if your unit has WD system! Youroo!!
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:54 AM   #4
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Skip the pin and buy a lock instead!

You can get a pin lock or a padlock.

Just make sure that the padlock's shank is small enough for the pin hole.

If you go to Camping World or Walmart in the hitch section they'll have them.
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This is what I use. You’d have to make sure and get the model that matches your ignition key type for this to work.

BOLT 7025287 Trailer Coupler Pin Lock for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac Center Cut Keys https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K9Z3LNY..._wf7lBb98H4NMQ
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I've always gotten a coupler latch pin with my trailers. It's also used to thread the 7pin cord and brake wire through so they don't get tangled in anything or hit the ground.
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:42 PM   #7
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I have a locking hitch pin and coupler pin that use the same key. Keeps the # of keys down.

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Locks/DeadBolt/7685.html

Several manufacturers make them.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:03 PM   #8
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I've never been given or offered to sell me a lock pin by a dealer. They just pointed out and recommended some type of security lock or pin be used.

But I was raised on chains a lock pins. That was my job as 4 year old helping to hitch up. Attached chains and lock pin and help with trailer plug hookup.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:09 PM   #9
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I wasn't provided with a pin when I bought my trailer. I also never asked about one, because I brought my own lock with me. This is just common trailer knowledge, whether you tow a travel trailer, utility trailer or tiny Harbor Freight trailer.
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I have a locking hitch pin and coupler pin that use the same key. Keeps the # of keys down.

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Locks/DeadBolt/7685.html

Several manufacturers make them.
Same here, but I also use the same key for my receiver lock. One key...three locks.
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