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Old 01-14-2014, 12:35 PM   #11
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Boy this scares the crap out of me....


May I offer this....I own a husky Centeline and after about 1,000 miles of towing with it I noticed that the Pins that hold the bars into the receiver were beginning to sheer. I called husky and they immediately sent out new receivers and new pins. Strictly a guess...could this poor guys pin have sheered off? then the WD bar somehow manages to pull out of the hitch....what in theory would happen at that point? I would imagine a whole lot of lateral force would be applied to the hitch. At speed i would imagine that this could be catastrophic and could explain the bent snap up bracket and the missing WD Bar.

See Item B in the photo
Just a thought.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #12
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Also.....after zooming in i noticed that the pin is gone in the drivers side too? Is it possible this guy forgot to pin the bars to the hitch?
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Just because a 1/2 ton can pull it, doesn't mean the suspension can handle it
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Just because a 1/2 ton can pull it, doesn't mean the suspension can handle it

Danny beat me to it.

Have a look at the truck there is no 1500 or 2500 emblem on the truck. Yes, sticker says it can pull 7500lbs (or what ever) but can the truck handle the weight or the sideways pull of wind or passing other vehicles..? How many people in the truck..? Full of fuel..?

The problem was not the trailer or the hitch. It was the T.V..
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I had a mechanics instructor who always said... "Before you put the motor in the front make sure you can stop the thing at the end of the road." Wise words.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:23 PM   #16
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Going to stick with my gut on this and say this was a set up failure. Don't have enough info to assume the truck is too small. It may very well be within the numbers. I keep looking at the missing hitch bar and the missing pin on the wd bar as a factor in the crash...of course this is the only info we have based on the photos.
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Going to stick with my gut on this and say this was a set up failure. Don't have enough info to assume the truck is too small. It may very well be within the numbers. I keep looking at the missing hitch bar and the missing pin on the wd bar as a factor in the crash...of course this is the only info we have based on the photos.
The GM website states that with certain engine/gearing combinations of this truck, you can pull 9600# with it. link here

Just because they say you 'can' does not mean you 'should'. C'mon! 9600# in a half-ton truck? Has the automakers lost their minds? I wouldn't haul 9600# in anything less than a 3/4 ton heavy duty. The margin of safety is so thin you could read an obituary thru it at that point. They don't point out that the advertised towing capacity is all based on a best-case scenario. Add winds, high temps, wet roads, etc and all bets are off.

How many wrecks will be caused because the automakers over-inflate their towing capacities just so they can advertise "BEST IN CLASS TOWING". I find it disgusting.

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Tim I agree 100%....The dirty little secret is that most 1/2 tons will be maxed out or way over the payload by the time they hit the max towing numbers thus if you are following the guidelines of payload and max towing you will never actually be able to tow a trailer at the max rating.

For Example my truck is rated to tow 10,500 with a payload of 1400.

Using conventional tongue weight values of 13-15% of the total weight values that are commonly found on todays TT and a trailer that weighs in at 9500# you are at 1,235 and 1,425 respectively. Just the hitch will put you over payload pretty quick.

I still think this is may not be 100% truck issue just knowing a bit more about the husky hitch and the photos provided. I keep going back and looking at the missing bar and pin. You can see it from the photos....and the one with the pin in the bar.

In theory what would happen if you dropped a WD bar during travel?
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I'm with Ryand, I'm thinking more of a faulty set-up.
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CSI-RV is on the job!!

Did a helluva ground loop that is for sure, complete 180 from the direction he was going, tail wagged the heck out of that dog.
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