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Old 05-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #11
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For $46.00 dollars and ab out thirty minutes of your time, you could have had the Safety Hitch Pin by Butch's Service there in Ohio...extremely cheap price for such an expensive mistake..YOU REALLY NEED TO GET ONE OF THESE...NOT EVER OWNED A FIFTH WHEEL BEFORE, THAT WAS THE FIRST THING I PURCHASED..MAN WHAT A GREAT FEELING OF SAFETY TO KNOW ITS THERE...SO PLEASE, LOOK INTO GETING THIS NOW!! WILL SAVE YOU SOME HEART ACHE LATER..


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Well FRF family....on Sunday I made the towing cardinal sin.....I hooked up my 5er, got about 200 yards and made a right turn, and either the hitch malfunctioned or human error (I'm leaning more towards my mistake but still having the hitch checked) but off came my 5er slamming my bed rails and tailgate. Here are the pics of the truck after.....


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Old 05-08-2013, 08:53 AM   #12
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Please invest in one of these..for 46 bucks, can't go wrong...Please!!!!







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Yeah that's what leaned me towards hitch malfunction was I pulled it about 200 yards and on the second turn is where it popped, and I could swear I checked it, I put the lock in place (didnt lock it but slid it through) then after the incident lock was still there but was pulled out half way. Think I just messed up and when I made the right turn and I think the bar opened with the pin rub
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I'm sorry, but unless you can leave the Butch's catcher always engaged (hitching and unhitching over top of it), it's only marginally better than the hitch and is still prone to user error.

It's much more expensive (like 5x more expensive than Butch's) and heavier but the only pin catcher that doesn't require user intervention is the Blue Ox one. For these things to be 100%- it has to always be passively engaged (ie- always enabled and the user doesn't have to do anything).
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Well FRF family....on Sunday I made the towing cardinal sin.....I hooked up my 5er, got about 200 yards and made a right turn, and either the hitch malfunctioned or human error (I'm leaning more towards my mistake but still having the hitch checked) but off came my 5er slamming my bed rails and tailgate. Here are the pics of the truck after.....
Gosh that hurts.
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Well FRF family....on Sunday I made the towing cardinal sin.....I hooked up my 5er, got about 200 yards and made a right turn, and either the hitch malfunctioned or human error (I'm leaning more towards my mistake but still having the hitch checked) but off came my 5er slamming my bed rails and tailgate.

Sorry to hear of your plight Beausdog; you sure have me thinking. Good luck with the repairs etc....
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i feel your pain, i've done it also. i got distracted when hooking up to it (talking with my son) and i didn't double check to make sure it latched. i pulled forward 12' and started to turn and BAM, pin box on back of truck and pickup bed holding 5er at an angle in roadway. good thing i had floor jacks, electricity, and plenty of 2x4s to get it back up. i was mad.....at myself. my son reminded me i didn't put the little hitch padlock on. since then, he double checks me and makes sure the hitch lock is on.
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I'm sorry, but unless you can leave the Butch's catcher always engaged (hitching and unhitching over top of it), it's only marginally better than the hitch and is still prone to user error.

It's much more expensive (like 5x more expensive than Butch's) and heavier but the only pin catcher that doesn't require user intervention is the Blue Ox one. For these things to be 100%- it has to always be passively engaged (ie- always enabled and the user doesn't have to do anything).
Does it drop the tailgate too?

Sometimes the operator has to do more than one thing. Sliding a rod in and securing it is very minimal for an increase of over $200 over Butch's. Mine cost me a little time and no $ because I fabricated it myself and welded it to the hitch.
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I've done it too. Was hooking up after alate return
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I've done it too. Was hooking up after alate return
it's a sick feeling, ain't it?
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Does it drop the tailgate too?

Sometimes the operator has to do more than one thing. Sliding a rod in and securing it is very minimal for an increase of over $200 over Butch's. Mine cost me a little time and no $ because I fabricated it myself and welded it to the hitch.
I hear you - it's the same as many other protection sorts of things. Being one that has forgotten to remove wheel chocks and a variety of other things, dropping my fiver scares the sillies out of me. BUT- if I'm going to spend the money and/or effort to try and protect against this, why wouldn't I do it right (or, if not "right"- something that's more foolproof than trusting me to remember an extra step when it's obvious I may have forgotten one that caused the dropped fiver)?

Oh, and I've forgotten to lower the tailgate and tried to pull away - I have the ding in my pinbox cover, cord and a mark on the tailgate from those to remind me of that one.
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