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Harrydavidson

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Posted: 07/18/19 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve had a Reese weight distribution hitch since 1993. Used it on three different trucks I’m sure I got my money’s worth out of it. Appearance wise it’s still good, but I’m wondering about fatigue.
What’s your opinion

BarneyS

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Posted: 07/18/19 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is probably ok but if it were me, I would replace it. There have been a lot of improvements in both technology and variety in WD hitches since 1993 and you also don't know about any metal fatigue that may be present.
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Posted: 07/18/19 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Twenty-five year old equipment with that much weight and importance....replace!


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Posted: 07/19/19 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a solid Reese WD hitch head that is of similar age. It's still going strong.

Steel, to my knowledge, does not fatigue. At least not within the limits relevant here.

I would rock it indefinitely. My WD bars are newer than that but the hitch head itself is doing fine.

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Posted: 07/19/19 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had to replace a hitch head due to egged out load bar sockets but still use it for dead weight pulls without weight distribution. I've also replaced hitch balls due to wear and slop. I don't think you really age out this equipment but it does wear or corrode over time based on use.


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