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Old 10-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Husky 16K fifth wheel hitch issue

3 years ago I purchased a 3 year old Husky 16K fifth wheel hitch.



This past week, I went to load my fifth wheel onto my truck (and hitch).

As I backed my truck into the trailer hitch pin, the swing handle bar snapped down and the green indicator plug popped out to indicate "all was well" and locked.



I then drove forward and as I did, the fifth wheel pin slipped out of the Husky 16k hitch and my trailer dropped onto my truck bed rail, thus damaging my truck.



Why did the green indicator plug pop out when the Hitch locking bar was not locked onto the trailer hitch pin ?



The hitch locking mechanism failed to lock onto the pin even when the green (safe to go) indicator popped out.

Bad bad bad. If there is even a possibility that the slide bar can get stuck and not lock onto the trailer hitch pin, the green indicator should not pop out and the pull bar should not swing down as if "hitching completed".

From now on I look for the bar to slide over behind the pin which should be the final position indicating the trailer is locked onto the hitch and I can now safely tow the trailer. I should have done this anyway but I was fooled by the Husky green rod indicator.



I notified the Husky Hitch manufacturer and told them the problem with what I see as the instructions with their hitch.

Their reply was "email me some pictures of the fifth wheel head and of the truck I will give that to the people above me and see what they say"

No response from Husky after 3 weeks.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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There is no substitute for looking at the jaw.
Leave the legs down and the wheels blocked and "tug" to make sure the jaw is locked.
Little green pin be hanged.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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There is no substitute for looking at the jaw.
Leave the legs down and the wheels blocked and "tug" to make sure the jaw is locked.
Little green pin be hanged.
And investing $50+ in a Butch's 5th Wheel Latch Kit. Home Butch's Services
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And investing $50+ in a Butch's 5th Wheel Latch Kit. Home Butch's Services
Did or did you not built something like that?



That is a good idea, and while you are putting that pin in take a look at the jaws.
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There is no substitute for looking at the jaw. Leave the legs down and the wheels blocked and "tug" to make sure the jaw is locked. Little green pin be hanged.
X2. The all-important pull-test.
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Did or did you not built something like that?



That is a good idea, and while you are putting that pin in take a look at the jaws.
I did build mine, which I copied from Butch's design when Herk bought and installed his. I just happened to have the material to do it.
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We had that same hitch and while I never took off after hooking up without doing a pull test - I did rely on the green pin showing before doing the pull test and the pin always popped.

The hitching mechanics is mechanical and if everything is connected properly,the pin will pop out when/if the king pin is properly engaged in the jaws.

I would caution you not to dismiss the function or importance of that little green pin.
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After reading this thread and other similar ones, it reinforces the need to do the "pull test" and not to rely completely on the pin showing (Husky) or the flag opening like my Reese.
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After reading this thread and other similar ones, it reinforces the need to do the "pull test" and not to rely completely on the pin showing (Husky) or the flag opening like my Reese.
Right on - the Husky manual tells you to do the pull test also besides checking the green pin.
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After reading this thread and other similar ones, it reinforces the need to do the "pull test" and not to rely completely on the pin showing (Husky) or the flag opening like my Reese.
Murphy's law applies to all things mechanical.
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