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enblethen

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Posted: 01/04/21 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is Harbor Freight weight distribution hitch
Rated for 10,000 pounds.
Some bent areas of hitch looks like no bars were installed.


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Posted: 01/04/21 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CaptainLarry wrote:


My buddy showed me his cheap Harbor Freight load compensation hitch because he thought the ball was causing wear on his mount. I paused and said, the whole thing looks bent to me.


It's bent and I'm not surprised. I bought wall mount that was rated for 75 lbs for my TV. I mounted a small 20 inch LED TV that probably weights all of ten pounds. As soon as I let go of the TV the mount started to bend and sag. Harbor Freight seems to specify the absolutely cheapest they can get. I've seen enough failures over the years with Harbor Freight items that I would never buy or trust something like a weight distribution hitch.


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Posted: 01/04/21 04:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buyer Beware is all I can say. Harbor freight is great for some things but I wouldn't touch anything that I would depend on for safety OR long life, with a 10 foot pole as they say. There is a fine line between inexpensive and cheap.


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Posted: 01/04/21 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ball mounts are for trailer connection and towing. They not for other “pulling.” Did you?


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aftermath wrote:

Buyer Beware is all I can say. Harbor freight is great for some things but I wouldn't touch anything that I would depend on for safety OR long life, with a 10 foot pole as they say. There is a fine line between inexpensive and cheap.


Slow down there friend.

This is the exact same hitch as the Pro Series round bar hitch.

I know, I have both hitches. Same welds, same fittings, same everything. Even the packaging was the same with different labels. It’s called white label products, very common in our modern industry.

OP, this was probably bent by the sway bars crashing into the mini balls. I’ve done that too when my sway bar install was off by about 1 inch. You can do it going forward or backwards. When you bottom out the sway bars it will do this or it will snap off the mini balls.

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Posted: 01/04/21 06:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The shank on the OPs ball looks to be bent. That takes a lot to do that. Only thought is is he wrong diameter shank.

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. My guess with bending down of the 2 5/16 " main ball mount and the left lean ( possible a also forward lean? ) of the left friction sway brake mini ball is that too sharp of a left jackknife turn bottomed out the left friction sway brake which would pull on the main ball, push on the mini ball. causing both to bend their mounts as shown.
From my welders and fabricators point of view, it is not a fault with the hitch, Maybe just too sharp of a turn, the sway brake rear mount set up too close on the tongue to allow fullslide action before ending its stroke.
This would cause one to bend down, the other up and sideways proportionally to the forces.

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Posted: 01/04/21 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO...looks like jackknifed to the left and the friction bar bottomed out and bent the left minball mounting plate...therefore since the main ball on the same plate...it also bent


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Posted: 01/04/21 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No question...replace!

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Posted: 01/04/21 07:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The sway bar was to tight or he took a hard right turn and binded the sway bar causing the bend

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