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Old 06-07-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Hitch Pin Grades

I recently purchased a Reese coupler locking assessory kit which included a locking hitch pin. In my years of pulling trailers, I've never questioned the "grade or strength" of different hitch pins. Is there actually different grades of of pins for 2" receivers? For some reason I called into question it's strength as compared to others non locking (regular) pins I have. Comments??
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:59 PM   #2
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When I had my bumper pull trailer last year, I purchased a Reese locking hitch pin. Used it one time for about a 6 hr round trip and it was bent. Trailer was 30ft and just under 8000 lbs loaded.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:15 PM   #3
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Excellent question, I wondered that myself.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:23 PM   #4
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Today I bought a new Harbor Freight locking hitch pin for $10. I too got to thinking that this $10 pin is holding everything together and wondered just how good is it. Oh man, another night of not sleeping.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:25 PM   #5
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I guess they have to be fool proof and handle the standard load applied to a standard receiver... Never seen an accident or loss due to a sheared pin.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:31 PM   #6
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Besides, my Harbor Freight pin comes with a 3 month warranty.

Seriously, I pulled my last trailer, loaded about 7,500 lbs for over 16,000 miles over 2 years with no issues other than surface rust.

There sure is a lot of weight on a small surface area. But you never do hear of a pin failure accident.
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If the locking hitch pin is intended for a Class IV hitch, I would expect that it would be rated for at least a 10K lb pull. We have the Master Lock variety. It's seen three yrs and over 12K miles tugging ~7500 lbs. No issues save for a little abrasion to the chrome finish.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:15 AM   #8
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The (shear strength) of (1.250 CRS) would be Much higher than any Numbers used in this Post! Very few applications of a hitch are (Direct Pull) unless You are (Pulling Stumps)? Youroo!!
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The (shear strength) of (1.250 CRS) would be Much higher than any Numbers used in this Post! Very few applications of a hitch are (Direct Pull) unless You are (Pulling Stumps)? Youroo!!
I think the hitch pins are 5/8" dia (0.625").
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #10
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not sure why I still have it, but here it is after 1 trip

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