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Old 01-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #11
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That pulling hitch release is a common stunt at truck stops and rest stops. Do a tug test after you have been parked and when you first backup into the kingpin.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:05 PM   #12
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Ok, my question is , why doesn't the 5th wheel manufacturer have this already installed? Seems like a dang good safety device!


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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #13
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And you wonder why wolves eat their young...grrrrrrrrrrr

apparently a few got away before being eaten.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #14
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we dropped ours within about 6 weeks of owning it!!! now I am so nervous when we hitch or unhitch that I want to HOLD the ES! Little 'ole me thinks she can stop it!!! We also high hitched that day (after dropping it) I was sick to my stomach!!!

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by wa3pnt View Post
I used a padlock to secure the latching handle on my BMW Hitch. I do this because in Yuma, AZ a few years ago, some kids were going through the parking lots (Walmart, Sams Club, etc.) pulling the latches on the hitches.

Now I'll be adding a B&W Companion Hitch to my hauler, and will see how that mechanism can be secured.

Never did find out how many suffered damage, but it was quite a few.

X2...I always padlock the handle, though I didn't see someone pulling that kind of prank...after reading your story, glad I did and won't think it's crazy for the unthinkable to occur!
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:40 PM   #16
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Man that sux! Good thing you had time to put the safety latch thing on, when hitching.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
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Oh yeah. I use the very top of my B&w companion, taken loose from the base, and mount on the king pin and then lock the latch like others have mentioned- store the top of the hitch out of the way and keep trailer from growing legs.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #18
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I use my own version of Butch's hitch catcher that I welded on the hitch, then padlock the hitch closed and then lock the modified Undercover Hard tonneau cover to completely cover the bed which discourages courious hands from being mischevious.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #19
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Just added the Blue Ox bed saver to our hitch, not droped yet but I am sure the day will come as they said "there are those who have and those who will"
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:05 AM   #20
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I always give a gentle tug with the pickup every time just to make sure things latched. Followed up with a visual inspection. I like the bright paint idea, and my safety latch is supposed to arrive tomorrow.


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