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Old 07-19-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Receiver Lock Recommendation

For years I always thought it was odd to spend $20 on a receiver lock to secure a $15 receiver available from any store. After just spending over $400 on the hitch setup to pull the new TT and difficulty to replace that receiver from a local Walmart or Tractor Supply... I see where the $20 is not a bad investment.

Any recommendations as to what design or manufacture is best? I see some are 1/2 in to 5/8 sleeved... Any issues with the sleeves getting stuck in the hitch or being a headache? I worry about some of the cheap no names as I would hate to have road slop get in and jam the lock up so the key wouldn't work.

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Old 07-19-2015, 10:11 AM   #2
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For years I always thought it was odd to spend $20 on a receiver lock to secure a $15 receiver available from any store. After just spending over $400 on the hitch setup to pull the new TT and difficulty to replace that receiver from a local Walmart or Tractor Supply... I see where the $20 is not a bad investment.

Any recommendations as to what design or manufacture is best? I see some are 1/2 in to 5/8 sleeved... Any issues with the sleeves getting stuck in the hitch or being a headache? I worry about some of the cheap no names as I would hate to have road slop get in and jam the lock up so the key wouldn't work.

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I've been using them for years, no issues. Pep Boys for me usually. No brand loyalty and not even sure who the manufactured the one I use now. Camper in storage along with hitch receiver lock.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:32 PM   #3
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Just remember that these locks just keep people honest. I work for a car dealership and we have to take hitches out and usually don't get the key. One good hit with a heavy hammer and it breaks the lock right off.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:34 PM   #4
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Too make my life easier knowing it's just a deterrent, I use the locks that your ignition key is used to open,One-Key Lock Technology - Learns YOUR key the first time you use them ‚ÄĒ BOLT Locks by Strattec
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:55 PM   #5
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Just a Little input,if you have a (Class #5) (2-1/2") Hitch as in GM you (Might have to (Turn Down) the shoulder on the (5/8) locking Pin to allow the (locking Side) to enter! Just a caution to look at! Youroo!!
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:09 PM   #6
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I have a 2 1/2 receiver on my 2013 Ram and that lock works fine, tight but ok with out any modification.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:32 PM   #7
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When I used to use a WDH all the time I would just run a gr 8 5/8" sae thread bolt thru instead of pin,then secure it with a stover nut. Since I always have a cordless 1/2" impact in the truck,I would just run it down to 100 ft lbs and not worry about it. 99,9 % of the people that would want it dont have the tools to remove or the strength.Never lost one in 45 yrs!
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:07 PM   #8
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I have a cheap locking hitch pin that lived in my old 2004 F150. It's a no name unit and did the job. Only had one time where road salt almost got it, but I managed to get it loose. It's worn pretty bad now to the point I wouldn't use it if I could. Current truck has a class 5 hitch and I needed a new one, ordered "Deadbolt" brand from Etrailer. So far so good, but I really only use it to lock a shank in the hitch once in a while. My biggest issue in searching was trying to find one that advertised some kind of weight capacity, and there weren't many. I don't tow a ton of weight with the receiver, I have a 10K dump trailer, everything heavier has been gooseneck or 5th. Lately I have just used the standard pin and leave the shank in the dump trailer toolbox when I'm done. Everyones shins thank me!
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:04 AM   #9
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Advance auto sells a line of hitch pins branded by Reese. The Class 4 pin is shorter than the 2.5 inch class 5 pin. The 5/8 pin has a greater weight rating than the 1/2 inch pin, those things are sloppy enough, without adding any more to it! Max ratings on the new class 5 is 17K with weight distribution hitch, I figure to buy once, and hate to buy again!
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I use the one key Bolt lock. Little more expensive, but you always have the key with you.
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I just remove it from the truck and put it in the bed. It's out of sight so theft is not a problem. I got tired of hitting my leg on it all the time.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:08 AM   #12
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Just drilled the 5/8" regular hitch pin out to accept a regular Master padlock.
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Any recommendations as to what design or manufacture is best?
Master Lock produces a variety of receiver locks. We've been employing one for the past four yrs and have had no issues with it.
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Master Lock produces a variety of receiver locks. We've been employing one for the past four yrs and have had no issues with it.
Being that we both live in ice and snow areas how has it held up with it? I only keep the lock in long enough to keep stuff from going away. I had to saw a cheaper lock off a few years ago after only a few months of being on the truck. Won't do that again... LOL
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Being that we both live in ice and snow areas how has it held up with it? I only keep the lock in long enough to keep stuff from going away. I had to saw a cheaper lock off a few years ago after only a few months of being on the truck. Won't do that again... LOL
The lock gets a liberal dousing of WD-40 once or twice a year - has kept it functional through snow, ice and that notorious prairie gumbo. I tend to not leave the ball mount installed in the receiver unless I'll be using it and even then I'll remove it periodically to clean it and make sure everything still works. So far, so good.
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We went to Wal-Mart and picked one that was the correct size for our receiver and could withstand the weight of our old tt. We used that locking pin every time we towed in addition to when not towing.
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