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Old 12-23-2013, 06:17 PM   #31
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First Outing Out

This happened on our first outing with the 5'er, knew nothing about kin pin safety devices and no one told me about them either. Scared to death on that first outing, the kin pin had not locked itself in, we did try to pull forward with the front legs still extended about 2" off the ground, they caught the 5'er and did not damage. When we got home I posted on the forum, Butch's Pin Lock was recommended, had it on the next outing two weeks later. Have learned much more about the Hitch and how to determine when its locked or not locked, the Hitch Pin Safety Catch is just that, A BackUp Safety Device, just in case!





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Agreed. Short of pinning the handled *open* and not closing it, I don't see how you could mis-hitch a B&W. I also have one and would appreciate knowing what happened so I can try to avoid it.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:57 PM   #32
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I'll have to experiment but the front gear on my Sandpiper are hydraulic and go down one at a time until under load. They also come up one at a time. I wonder if I can hold one with my foot to get the other to start retracting.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:04 PM   #33
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It amazes me with all these posts, no one is mentioning check lists....or can be referred to as a do list....Not only will this help you save you truck/trailer/tv antenna/stab jacks/steps/water hose/electric cord/and a multitude of other items on the list to be done and checked.....with all the free flashlights at Harbor Freight it is unthinkable not to have one in truck and each bay so you can easily grab and looking the dark hitch are to see if the jaws are coupled....we can always say there are those who have done it and those that will do it....how would you feel if the pilot in the aircraft you just got on didn t use one.....hmmmmmm....if you don t know how to use a check list and do the items listed, I am sure in one of the campground you will find a few that have them.....and will be glad to show you .....there are some posts on here and web site to give you what you need then you just customize it to fit your rig......
Take care and good luck.....homeitis and hurry is a formula for mishap even with a check list.....we use 4 lists....one for hooking up and one for unhooking..inside and out....it is too easy to crunch the awning on the tree or hit the water spigot when extending the slide.....lots of fun driving away with power cords hooker up either the one in the truck or the one to shore power.....most campers understand that when hooking and unhooking is not the time to yak....you have to be strong not to let them distract you....and if they do it is okay......just go back and start with number one on the list.....safe and cost free travels for all.....
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:37 PM   #34
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[QUOTE=LKicklight;515142]...we did try to pull forward with the front legs still extended about 2" off the ground, they caught the 5'er and did not damage.../QUOTE]

IMO, 2" is too much to raise the legs to do a pull test. You are subjecting the jacks to a 1000#-2000# shock load they are not designed to take in case the trailer is dropped. Just raise them enough to clear the ground.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #35
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Don't tell me you have not spent the $46 bucks for this hitch pin safety catch...has saved my tale already for having, also have a 16K Husky, no problems:
Kick .. Installed one early last summer !!!
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:49 PM   #36
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It amazes me with all these posts, no one is mentioning check lists....or can be referred to as a do list....Not only will this help you save you truck/trailer/tv antenna/stab jacks/steps/water hose/electric cord/and a multitude of other items on the list to be done and checked.....with all the free flashlights at Harbor Freight it is unthinkable not to have one in truck and each bay so you can easily grab and looking the dark hitch are to see if the jaws are coupled....we can always say there are those who have done it and those that will do it....how would you feel if the pilot in the aircraft you just got on didn t use one.....hmmmmmm....if you don t know how to use a check list and do the items listed, I am sure in one of the campground you will find a few that have them.....and will be glad to show you .....there are some posts on here and web site to give you what you need then you just customize it to fit your rig......
Take care and good luck.....homeitis and hurry is a formula for mishap even with a check list.....we use 4 lists....one for hooking up and one for unhooking..inside and out....it is too easy to crunch the awning on the tree or hit the water spigot when extending the slide.....lots of fun driving away with power cords hooker up either the one in the truck or the one to shore power.....most campers understand that when hooking and unhooking is not the time to yak....you have to be strong not to let them distract you....and if they do it is okay......just go back and start with number one on the list.....safe and cost free travels for all.....
While you are correct about checklists not being mentioned in this thread, checklists and the need to follow them has been mentioned on this forum several times including some comments from me FWIW.
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Mine looked fine and made the appropriate noises and looked fine. I think that the safety is ESSENTIAL, with or without a checklist.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:40 PM   #38
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So is the general consensus to go with Butch's latch vs the blue ox bedsaver? Butch's is about $80 shipped. The blue ox is close to $240.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:46 PM   #39
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So is the general consensus to go with Butch's latch vs the blue ox bedsaver? Butch's is about $80 shipped. The blue ox is close to $240.
Sure makes sense to me, you have to get out to hook up the electrical cord, emergency brake cable, so you just insert the rod. I can do that a lot of times for $160 and Butch's doesn't take up any room in the bed.
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I guess I need to buy the universal kit for my hitch. Anyone using butch's with a husky 16k slider?
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