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Old 08-21-2019, 07:27 AM   #21
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Salty roads the cause? As another poster said, I check my hitch components every time I tow. Doesn't take a lot of my time to do so!
Our municipality of 150,000 puts down 12,000 tons of salt annually, plus liquid brine. The reason I know the quantities is that I buy the salt for our municipality.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:40 AM   #22
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Thank you captain obvious.......If you inspect the every inch of your truck on a regular basis you clearly have more time to kill than most of us.
WOW..... just WOW..... sure glad Iím not part of your family.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:12 AM   #23
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OP, is that an OEM hitch?
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:43 AM   #24
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Zowie, definitely a bizarre event. Strange place for that much rust.
So who checks the air in your spare tire? Seems like that kind of rust damage would of caught their eye.
Glad the failure occurred where it did, at least you were lucky in that!
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:46 AM   #25
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That didn't happen overnight and should not be a surprise to you. Like anything else a rig needs to be looked over from stem to stern.
This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

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The hitch looked ok before it failed.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:19 AM   #27
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This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ak-174721.html
LOL...gotta love it!
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OP, is that an OEM hitch?


Yes.
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This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

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This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ak-174721.html


Lol... yes we all learn from experience. Sometimes we forget that though. Myself included- Iíve laughed at a few people who probably didnít deserve it.

In the end I was hopping my learning experience might save someone else...
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This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ak-174721.html
First thanks for posting pistol. I do look at my trailer hitch but I never reach up inside to have a feel for what I cant see or use a mirror to have a look.

Its too bad that there are a bunch on this forum that are quick to criticize and ruin and good thread and forum for that matter.

Seadog you should take your own advice. A quick visual on your trailer would have revealed that your propane lines were of insufficient length and corrected the problem before offering it for use.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:41 AM   #32
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The hitch looked ok before it failed.
This is far from a 2012 vehicle Pistol was driving. Get a grip
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I thought it was funny comment/pic that added some levity to this thread that's about to go off the rails anyway.
You can take it as a harmless joke, or as a mean spirited jab. It's your choice......
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This is far from a 2012 vehicle Pistol was driving. Get a grip
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Lol... yes we all learn from experience. Sometimes we forget that though. Myself included- Iíve laughed at a few people who probably didnít deserve it.

In the end I was hopping my learning experience might save someone else...
I appreciate it, I try to look over my vehicles occasionally, kind of why I like to do my own servicing, tire rotations, etc. and have a look while I'm there, but I don't remember everything.
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I appreciate it, I try to look over my vehicles occasionally, kind of why I like to do my own servicing, tire rotations, etc. and have a look while I'm there, but I don't remember everything.


Me too bud... I actually walked right in the garage and got under the truck while it was replaced at uhaul. I wanted to be sure it was done right without cutting corners. (Had a bad experience with another uhual years ago)

And yes- the rust bucket was quite funny!

Iím gonna try to leave it at this guys and gals...
STAY SAFE!
And please post up your freak issues- maybe I have one brewing I didnít even know to check!
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For certain vehicles driven in salt, need to check the caliper piston. If you have one where salt water can sit inside, this can happen. On one forum I am on, the piston corroded enough that the brake pressure blew through the wall of the piston.

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Thank you, CentralMePistol, for the reminder to periodically look more closely at critical components. Stuff happens, and it's easy to overlook the clues (not saying there were any clues in your situation - corrosion is sneaky). On the subject of hitches, I posted the full story a couple years ago, but briefly, be sure to recheck the torque on receiver mounting bolts after a few hours of driving and again after maybe 50 hours. My dealer-installed OEM Mopar receiver lost one of the bolts and the others were loose. Figured it out and crisis averted.
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This reminds me of that time you failed to inspect your propane hoses and had a severe leak. You could have burned your trailer to the ground . . . or worse.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ak-174721.html
Ha! Well done!
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Warning; Check Your Hitch!

I would also add to check your bolts and make sure theyíre torqued down properly and not bent. The bolts on my hitch bent and caused my hitch to be loose. It happened because my Toyota factory hitch wasnít wdh compatible. A lot of people with newer 4Runners and fj cruisers donít know this. Heck even Toyota didnít know that. I suspected it but somehow let my rv dealer talk me into using one. This happened on the ride home. Glad I noticed them when I wasnít to towing. Click image for larger version

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I can honestly say I have never in my life...which has been quite long...seen a hitch rust out like that. I had a 1979 F150 that I sold in 2008 and the hitch was still good.

I can honestly say the same thing.


We sold our '73 Ford F100 (Dad bought it off his brother in '74 or '75) a few years ago with 350K+ on it and zero rust problems.





We live 2-1/2 hours North of the coast and 3-1/2 hour or so South of the "Salt" line so we don't have those problems.
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