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Old 04-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Replacing 5th hitch pivot pins with bolts

Our Reese 20k hitch has pins with clips at the pivot points. I do not need to disassemble to remove or install the hitch in the truck. Has anyone replaced the pins with bolts? Any reason(s) why not? Will still use pins for the rails.

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I would think Reese could best answer that question. Pin material is a unknown alloy that may or may not be hardened. Give them a 1-800.

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Old 04-30-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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If you mean those pins with the hairpin clip on the end, yes I replaced all mine years ago with SAE fine thread bolts and aviation type lock nuts. Didn't like how easy it was to pull the pins to remove the hitch.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Rvpapa View Post
Didn't like how easy it was to pull the pins to remove the hitch.
An alternative for someone who may not want to go the bolt route is to use locking hitch pins. By just Googling "locking hitch pin", there are a lot of choices on the market.

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