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Old 04-28-2012, 07:51 PM   #81
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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.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:01 PM   #82
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... However it is NOT foolproof. It can by "high hitched" if you don't check every time. Just because you heard the positive slam as the gate closes around the pin does not mean the pin was in the right place.

A poor attack angle (the Pullrite is limited to 15 degrees) and a overly high pin height during hitching; can trip the latch lever with the pin "head" and potentially the latch can close with the pin "head" above the gate.

This has not happened to me "yet" but it could, I suppose. On a cold rainy day, I might be tempted at a "cursory" glance; seeing what I wanted to see and not what I needed to see.

That 50 dollar piece of insurance will give me some peace of mind.
Every hitch regardless of who or where it is made can be "High Hitched" and unless the driver is paying attention, a disaster can & will happen. These "Hitch catchers" are devices to prevent an "OOPS" from turning into a costly disaster.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #83
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Looks great. Since I do not have the tools or know-how, I will let Butch services make mine. In the end, hopefully none of us will ever have to see how well our insurance devices work!!! But we will be prepared.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:55 PM   #84
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Every hitch regardless of who or where it is made can be "High Hitched" and unless the driver is paying attention, a disaster can & will happen. These "Hitch catchers" are devices to prevent an "OOPS" from turning into a costly disaster.

Do you have to remove the tube for hitching and unhitching?
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #85
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Don't really know yet, haven't even had it on the hitch base. Will try it tomorrow. The chrome shaft with the grip on it is removable and will no doubt have to be removed to hitch.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:57 PM   #86
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dunnnc: you, sir, are both a genius and an artist to boot!
Hats off! Beautiful job!
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:05 PM   #87
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J KHawthorne, thanks, but it sure wasn't my idea, I just cobbled together my version and besides, I am a cheapskate! Saved $38.14.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:22 PM   #88
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J KHawthorne, thanks, but it sure wasn't my idea, I just cobbled together my version and besides, I am a cheapskate! Saved $38.14.
You saved move than that...add in the $17.00 for shipping.....Nice job!! My brother-inlaw is a tool maker. I e-mail him your pics.....He said he has the steel and can turn the parts.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #89
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"Maybe its a load of (you know) but I was told that the sliding bar type hitches were for good for the short travellers (hour or so to the lake) and the jaw type are better for long distance towing. The reason for this is that the bar becomes notched from wear, so lots of slop and apparently after some wear its a pain to release because of the wear notch?"
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We have had ours for almost 20 years, on three different fifth wheels, and there is no wear on the locking bar.
So I guess whoever told you that was full of "you know".
Only two pins hold the hitch head in place.
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Just a thought, the hitch head pivots, as the trailer slides off. As the pin slides out of the jaws. Will the pin slide over the safety bar, because of the pivot/weight at the rear of the head?
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