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Old 06-08-2014, 09:22 AM   #11
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not sure why I still have it, but here it is after 1 trip

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if you send that pin to me I will test the hardness of it with a rockwell tester, I bet any money it made it thru manufacturing with out heat treatment and is still in the Annealing condition
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:37 AM   #12
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if you send that pin to me I will test the hardness of it with a rockwell tester, I bet any money it made it thru manufacturing with out heat treatment and is still in the Annealing condition
That's tempting, and I appreciate the offer, but I'm not sure I even want to know how close I was to testing the hardness of the safety chains
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:45 AM   #13
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if you send that pin to me I will test the hardness of it with a rockwell tester, I bet any money it made it thru manufacturing with out heat treatment and is still in the Annealing condition
If I send my wife, can you test her to see if she's been tempered? Lol

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:50 AM   #14
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I had same issue right after I bought my TT. After a 1800 mile trip, the cheapo pin bent enough that I had to hit it out with a drift pin. Threw it out and bought a SS Reese locking pin. Still like new.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:56 AM   #15
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I had same issue right after I bought my TT. After a 1800 mile trip, the cheapo pin bent enough that I had to hit it out with a drift pin. Threw it out and bought a SS Reese locking pin. Still like new.

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that's exactly what I bent in one trip. Thought I was getting quality when I bought a Reese product
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:02 AM   #16
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Most of the Reese stuff I have seen is import, including hitches and 5th wheels that is why I went with B&W.

An adage I use concerning Harbor Freight is "If your life or your job depends on "it" then do not buy "it" from Harbor Freight"

Your life may not be in jeopardy from a chinese hitch pin but the poor schmuck driving behind your camper may have a little more money in the pot...

Not bashing HF, have a bunch of stuff from them but not anything that I depend on.

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Old 06-08-2014, 10:51 AM   #17
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I think the hitch pins are 5/8" dia (0.625").
Yes they are (.625) I said (1.250) because you would have to (Shear (2) sides X (625) = (1.250) Youroo!!
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I sometimes run a 1 foot hitch extender and use grade 8 5/8" bolts in both holes. But in 23 years working as a fleet mechanic I have never seen a hitch pin failure.
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not sure why I still have it, but here it is after 1 trip

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Shear strength on a 5/8" type 2 bolt is 13,621# and considering it has to shear 2 sides, it would take 27,242# to shear the pin. No way it would have sheared. Just because it bent does not have anything to do with shearing it.

Bending is definitely not good, but that just makes it very inconvenient to remove, nothing else.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #20
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I wasn't too concerned about shearing. Working on big tractors all day I got a pretty good understanding of steel strength. My life depends on it. Just the fact it bent after one use was reason enough to not use it again. Went back to using the pin that came from who knows where and never had an issue with it.
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