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Old 09-23-2016, 01:22 PM   #1
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Beware of China hitches

On a recent trip i had a hitch failure that could of turned into a catastrophe. My hitch broke off right where it comes out of the receiver. Thankfully I had good safety chains to control the trailer as I dragged it down the interstate with sparks flying.
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Welcome to the forum.


After-market stinger? Any more info. weights involved, pictures would be helpful.


Best of luck.
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crying Danger, and NO information.. useless.
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Glad no one was injured, . . . . but . . . .

Purchased where?
Made by what company?
Load rating adequate or were you overloading the bar?
Correct sized ball to hitch?
Age of insert? (new or picked up at some swap meet?)

No offense, but to blame the country of manufacture (assuming you even know for a fact it was manufactured in China) when you don't post other pertinent information isn't very helpful . . . .

Just a guess, you bought the least expensive insert you could find and are upset because it was . . . well . . . CHEAP! Big surprise!
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:36 AM   #6
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A picture is attached. I was towing a 12 ft enclosed trailer with a motorcycle inside. Total weight of the trailer is less the 3500 lbs.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:41 AM   #7
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IMO with a drop hitch with that much of a drop that's a lot of pressure on the shank. I'd be looking at a way to not have that much of a drop.
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that does not look like a 2 inch hookup. ???? or am I wrong !!


based on the photo... looks very weak before it broke.


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I purchased this hitch a few years ago ,I wish I could remember where.. the hitch has no manufactures name or weight ratings stamped on it. I used a 2 inch ball to match the trailer coupler.

it is a standard 2 inch receiver.
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Get a solid shank instead of a Mickey Mouse hollow tube unit. If the truck is lifted, just put it back where it belongs or give up towing.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:54 AM   #11
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I agree ,I'm getting a solid hitch .. I need the drop because the Seneca hitch is so high.
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Notice the stub is rusted. Looks like it's been cracked for some time and finally let go. The 3500# is no big deal. How much tongue weight is the critical question? 12' enclosed with a MC inside could have some significant TW depending how it's loaded. The drop is not really a concern as long as the ratings are not exceeded. That said I never buy no name hitches or hitches from China (Harbor) Freight. With a name brand hitch it may still be made in China but at least you have a reputable company standing behind it.
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Skeptical I am. There's rust along the break area that would appear to indicate that the hitch had been in the process of fatigue breaking for a long time. Also, there's dings, bends, bungs around the holes above the bracket that holds the hitch ball. It would appear that this drop hitch has been well used and abused in it's lifetime.

It's a SWAG.... from the looks of it the drop hitch was either used with way too much weight or was not well aligned for a considerable time. It's common to use a drop hitch on trucks that have been 'stylishly' raised due to suspension mods and or oversize tires. Trying to tow with that set up is problematic as you need a long 'drop' to get the trailer's frame generally level. If it isn't pretty much level, the forces are going to break the drop hitch about the same place as in the photo.

Forces would be exacerbated by having the trailer's weight far to the rear instead of over the axle or ahead of the axle.

It's birth place is irrelevant.
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Get a solid shank instead of a Mickey Mouse hollow tube unit. If the truck is lifted, just put it back where it belongs or give up towing.
Agree.......I run a Curt solid ball mount.......1100# tongue weight on it.



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