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Haven't been on here for awhile, but I've got a problem and need some help from the experts. We bought a Husky 16k slider hitch a 2 1/2 years ago when we purchased another 5th wheel, and had the place that went over the used Montana install the hitch in my truck. We moved the trailer to our property in the sticks and parked it, and soon after I pulled the hitch from the truck bed and put it in storage. Now it's time to move the 5th wheel so we can install our solar panel arrays where it presently sits.
Here's my problem... I went to the storage and loaded the hitch onto the truck and stuck it in it's rails, which stayed when it was pulled. I grabbed the box marked "hitch pins" and brought it home to re-install them. Now I can't remember how in the heck they were placed in the hitch/rails!! When I google this hitch, I'm finding the usual smooth gold pins with cotter keys through one end. The 4 bolts I have in the box look more like a frame to flat bar connecter than the pins for the rail/hitch connection.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1373/13685773/24647519/414406759.jpg

And to top it all off, these bolts don't seem to fit (slightly too large in diameter), and they won't go through the hole that secures the hitch to the rails.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1373/13685773/24647519/414406759.jpg

Can someone tell me what these bolts are for? They have a small 'stand off' piece of plate welded on to the piece of strap steel the bolt runs through.
I'm probably going to just buy new straight pins with keeper keys, but I just can not remember where these 4 bolt/washer/straps go or why I would even have them, unless they were unused bolts from the PO that the shop didn't use on the install. I'm stumped! And I was the only one there when I took this thing out! Thanks in advance for any help with this. Lee

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Posted: 04/01/20 10:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cross member (section the head mounts to via large pivoting pin) should be BOLTED to frame supports...not attached using the bent pins (as shown in your picture)

Bent pins should be for securing frame support to bed rails

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If they are "left over parts" from the rail installation, you better get someone over to check out that installation before you attempt to hook up that 5th wheel. The only parts you should have are the 4 ROUND pins and clips (not cotter pins).

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Looks like the 4 pins are in the hitch just above where it says HUSKY, 2 on each side. Not a bad place to put them, so they don't get lost!


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jaycocamprs wrote:

Looks like the 4 pins are in the hitch just above where it says HUSKY, 2 on each side. Not a bad place to put them, so they don't get lost!


[emoticon] Good eye. He did indeed find a good place so they wouldn't get lost.


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Unbelievable!! Well, I can believe that I forgot that I put them there, but I can't believe I didn't realize they were hanging right in front of my face the whole time I loaded it and maneuvered it around to get it set in the rails. And I went out yesterday and bought 4 new pins and put them in. How embarrassing. Thanks, all. I'll look harder next time.

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Now that you have 4 extra pins you will never lose any of them. If you didn't have any extras, you would be short one when you wanted to install it again.


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