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Old 08-09-2016, 03:06 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by TonyD View Post
I'm sorry but what is the point of posting this experience without sharing the name of the manufacturer?

If a product failed me and caused damage to my personal property, I would not hesitate to publicly name the company that was at fault.
X2. Having said that I am relieved that you and yours were not injured. Also you didn't mention the nature of damage to your TV and if the manufacturer is going to come up with the repair costs.

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Old 08-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #22
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Glad you weren't going down road. Sorry you ended up with damage to equipment.
That said, I'm glad I have Andersen.

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Old 08-09-2016, 04:31 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by ValMelton View Post
we always do a test pull while keeping the front legs extended enough to keep any drops from hitting the truck. We also had to have our 5th wheel hitch repaired shortly after we bought it and had towed 2 times with it and a piece was broken. But I don't know the name of the hitch. (can't go check it for now) we were told by the dealership that we were very lucky to not lose the camper though. be safe and god Bless you with a safe trip home
I have always followed this same procedure. If I am testing an item to see if it works, I want a some protection in case it doesn't. This may be an extreme example, but it's like pointing a gun at someone, or at myself and pulling the trigger to test the safety.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:36 PM   #24
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I'm sorry if anyone is upset with me for not naming the manufacturer, but in due time. I have no idea why it failed, the local RV tech doesn't know, but has seen it happen before with the hitch. I will be taking it to the dealer when I get home.

When I hook up, I always go to back of the pickup, look and make sure it's all correct. Both times, it was latched and a lock put in place. The 2nd time, had a RV park neighbor look it all over too, then tested it and it failed. He also watched me hook it up.

I'm lucky it didn't come off while driving.

I do keep the landing gear extended, but have kept the blocks under them. Think they will be coming out next test.

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Old 08-09-2016, 04:39 PM   #25
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I don't know about anyone else, but it's been my experience that if someone's product gets mentioned on the Internet in a bad light, it's more motivation for the product manufacturer to make it right, so that they can be seen in a better light when they fix it. I'd have no problem mentioning the product name in a case like this--it's more motivation for them to get you squared away. They can't sue you for speaking about your experiences with their product.

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Old 08-09-2016, 06:15 PM   #26
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Curt Hitch

I have a Curt hitch with a sliding bar latch, no way for it to come unlatched. Have been using it for eight years with no problems, would highly recommend.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:30 PM   #27
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You might want to switch to a goose neck or Anderson hitch (gooseneck) - it will not fall off.
I used to use the typical fiver hitch also. Dealer even talked me into a slide hitch once. the ONLY time it slid was when I left the dealer and was driving back to the campsite pulling the fiver. Parked it on the side of the road and walked back to the dealer and let them have it. They got it fixed but it was never used on my 6 1/2 bed F250.
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:29 PM   #28
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I've only every had 1 type of hitch. It has the sliding bar. Read several times where jaw types have popped open and dropped the trailer. Is there a positive benifit to the jaw type?

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Old 08-09-2016, 07:35 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by M109Rrider View Post
I've only every had 1 type of hitch. It has the sliding bar. Read several times where jaw types have popped open and dropped the trailer. Is there a positive benifit to the jaw type?
Not having to get out and open the locking bar to hitch.
The 'jaws' simply open and then close on the pin.
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:51 PM   #30
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i use a curt Q20 and it's worked well for me so far

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