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Old 08-22-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Bent Hitch pin

I notice that my hitch pin is bent. There is only about 200 miles on this pin.
Is this something that normally happens ? Should I look for a stronger pin ? This is a Curt locking pin. Any suggestion on something better ?

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Old 08-22-2016, 10:31 AM   #2
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Geeeesh, that's the same pin I have.. I wouldn't think that's normal/acceptable wear. I will be checking mine ASAP.
Dumb question, but are you pulling too much weight? Did you have some strenuous uphill torqued climbs?
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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My Fulton locking pins don't bend.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:43 AM   #4
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My TT weighs 900lbs and the trip was mostly flat.
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Do you have a 2-1/2" receiver with a 2" adapter? Despite what others say, this can cause pin bending.

If the above is not the case, then the pin may just be made of a low quality steel.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:50 AM   #6
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No everything is 2 inch.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:37 PM   #7
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Is that hitch pin a 5/8" pin, or a 1/2" pin? The gouging and then bending make it look like it is either the wrong size or inferior materials, most likely inferior materials. A good hardened pin shouldn't be gouged like that, the pin is harder than the square tubing.
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You've got something going on there wrong with the hitch. Need more info or picks.
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I have a factory receiver on my Silverado 1500. A Blue OX WDH with a 2inch shaft. The pin is Curt 5/8 locking .
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I have a factory receiver on my Silverado 1500. A Blue OX WDH with a 2inch shaft. The pin is Curt 5/8 locking .
Something rather strange is going on, can you post some photos with it assembled? Those gouges aren't normal, and I am starting to think that the receiver is failing. Is there much play between the receiver and shank? Check it up and down and side to side, also twisting it. Earlier models of GM receivers failed often.
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You use the tow bar pin in the receiver???
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On My GMC there is an insert sleeve to reduce down to a 2" hitch. Your pin sure looks like there is a lot of slop in the receiver causing the pin to wear and bend.

A 5/8 pin should be good for up to 15,000 lb trailer.

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The locking pin I use is about 14 years old and other than a little surfase rust is just fine. I guess they never really have to be replaced.
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Measure the opening of the receiver on the truck. Is it 2", or 2.5". If it is 2.5" you need to have an adapter and a new hitch pin. If it is 2" we really need to see some pictures, that bent and gouged pin should never happen.
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