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Old 03-01-2016, 08:04 PM   #15
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Looking at those pictures makes me wonder if either the driver's own style of braking and accelerating is contributing to the problem, and/or if the trailer brakes are working properly. 3.5 tons slamming into the pin over and over could bend it over time I would think.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:15 PM   #16
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Keep in mind that the spacer may as well be air as it just keeps the loaded members 1/4" apart.
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Old 03-02-2016, 12:05 PM   #17
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Ah, yes, excellent point.

It's a little more than air, as it takes loads from all directions, just maybe not any of the direct load that is put on the pin.

Still curious about the trailer, though. One case certainly doesn't make for an epidemic.
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:20 AM   #18
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I have a 2" Reese hitch in the Ram bushing in the Ram 2.5 receiver. Lots of slop. I modified one of those hitch clamp thingies and install it after I put the Reese in the bushing. I modified it so it clamps the whole works together. Seems to do the trick as it is still tight after I'm done towing.
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:57 AM   #19
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One case certainly doesn't make for an epidemic.
There are more cases. Here is another discussion: Bending the Hitch Pin - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
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There are more cases.
You're right! Now there is about ten. Class action law suit time yet?
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You're right! Now there is about ten. Class action law suit time yet?
As you know, every bent pin has been reported on the internet. There is no chance that there are any bent pins that the whole world doesn't know about.

I will keep an open mind about the subject, others can choose to ignore it.
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Of course not, but if there was a legitimate, widespread, and/or growing safety issue, why would NHTSA or the USDOT not be involved, or why would they ignore the problem?

I do have an open mind. I'm willing to change my mind after seeing the evidence. Otherwise it appears the sky is not falling on hitch pins.
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