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Old 04-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #91
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Project complete with the exception of re-installing in truck. Total time approx. 2 hrs to cut, bead blast, drill holes, chamfer holes & ends of tubing, weld, grind, paint, cut bar, drill & chamfer, install handle grip and paint hitchplate. Cheap insurance for an old man with a major case of CRS. Total cost $10.86 and have enough tubing left for at least 10 more hitches or some other project.
Wow, nice job...
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #92
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Crusader, have no idea, will unlatch it tomorrow and see if it catches the pin. If it doesn't, looks like I will have call in the rework crew (me ). Will try to get some pictures of the whole process tomorrow. Think I will use a pc of 1/2" pipe during the trial, just in case, it is easier to cut should it get bent.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #93
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Well, I re-installed the hitch plate with the catcher installed and hooked up to see if I had wasted my time. Looks like it will work great in making sure I don't have a "senior moment" and drop the 5ver on my truck rails. HOWEVER, I don't think it would keep the 5ver attached to the truck in case the latch for some reason or other became disengaged while towing due to the tilting of the hitch plate when the pin is unlatched and the ramp material being too thin to resist bending due to the violent jerking. This is due to the fact that the wedge and the wedge attaching bolts protude down from the pinbox front surface approx. 1-3/4". If the tubes are raised, the safety bar would catch the bolt head first and the trailer would ride up over the shaft until it caught the second bolt head and then ride up over that bolt and catch the pin. Due to the safety rod/shaft only catching about 7/8"-1" of the pin, I think it would ride over the rod/shaft and drop. If the latch becomes disengaged, I think there will be a major disaster regardless of the configuration of these devices. The hitch ramp material is just not thick enough to resist bending in an unhooked jerking situation. Just my opinion. Anyway, I am glad I spent the time as I like my old broken down truck and sure can't afford a new one.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #94
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dunnnc: You did a great job! Thanks for the pics.

Also like your hitching mirror setup! Can you elaborate on that as well??? Looks interesting...
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:42 AM   #95
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Thanks for the compliment, just tried to copy a good idea someone else came up with.
As for the mirror, here is a previous thread:Hitch Helper for old folks
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:03 PM   #96
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Thanks for the compliment, just tried to copy a good idea someone else came up with.
As for the mirror, here is a previous thread:Hitch Helper for old folks
Great! Thanks again!
I will try to create a similar mirror ("Divorce-Preventer"?) with a magnetic base, as my parking spot here means I have to hitch at a sharp angle...
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:07 PM   #97
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If you have a Northern Tool store, they have magnets pretty reasonable.
Master Magnetics Round Base Magnet ó 95-Lb. Capacity, Model# 07223 | Magnets | Northern Tool + Equipment
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:34 PM   #98
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Did Herk get his Hitch Saver installed? How did it go and we need pics!
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:47 PM   #99
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Neil, give me a break!
If it is not door pistons it is hitch pin catchers...

It has been raining since it came in!
The weekend is spoken for.
Maybe next week!
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #100
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Neil, give me a break!
If it is not door pistons it is hitch pin catchers...

It has been raining since it came in!
The weekend is spoken for.
Maybe next week!
My mom use to say "No rest for the wicked"
Truck in garage out of the rain. 1 hr later, hitch catcher installed. Ready to go camping or whatever this weekend.
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