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DallasSteve

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Posted: 06/17/20 11:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TenOC wrote:

The lock keeps some one from (as a prank ???) removing the pin while parked at rest area or at truck stop.

Or Walmart? That's where I'm more likely to be parked. But it sounds like I need to re-check all connections when we leave, if we stop to do some shopping along the way.





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I use the Blue Ox locks and they work well. You do have to keep them well lubricated as they really take a beating when driving in the rain. There have been several discussion on this topic with many comments about locks making it harder for someone to fiddle with your hitch vs. non-locking pins making it easier to unhitch the toad car in the event of a fire.

Even with locking pins, it's a good idea to always do a check of the hitch before hitting the road. Anytime I stop while on the road, I do a walk around and check tires, hitch, etc.


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I've always used a hitch pin to connect the hitch to the receiver. I do use a locking pin for towing my camper, along with a lock on the "hitch lock" for the slide latch on the hitch, just the simple Masterlock set from Walmart. Just makes one more "check" to do to make everything is hooked up, and to prevent things from coming unhitched.

Bolting the hitch to the receiver would certainly be secure, but I've never done it.


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I had a locking pin in the truck receiver. After putting up with it for months, I put it in the motorhome receiver.
Why, you may ask?
Because the truck frequently has to be changed from 1 7/8 ball to 2 inch ball to 2 5/16 ball, then back to 1 7/8, then just for gits and shiggles toss in the bed extender! What a nuisance that locked pin was!
The motorhome, however, rarely gets changed from 2 inch to 1 7/8 inch ball and back again (depending on whether the Jeep or ATV trailer is to be towed).


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A number of years ago we were southbound from Springfield, MO to Branson and stopped in a diner for lunch. There were 2-3 other class A's with toads in the lot as well . When we came out there were a number of police officers present.I found one rig had it's toad stolen. Seems it didn't have any locked pins and it had the key in the ignition. See it coming? Yep, gone. Your choice how you tow.


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I guess my rationale is a bit different. I don't want to be 'locked' to the towed. Nothing wrong with a pin thru the bolt holding the hitch insert in place -
I check the hookup a couple or three times on a 200 mile trip.
I have this thing about fire. When we had a pusher I worried about fire and trying to unhitch the towed and being unable to unlock the pin holding it to the Jeep, or the Jeep catching fire and both burning up as I struggle to disconect them. Just a phobia I know, but my phobia and I'll take my chances on a stolen or lost pin.

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