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Old 07-01-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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Reese hitch bolts stripping.

Hi All, a newbie here just bought a 2004 Keystone Mountaineer 31' and had to buy a hitch today and brake controller.

After needing to move the propane tanks and the electrical junction back to accommodate the hitch brackets it seems like the bolts are wrong as they feel like they are stripping just as I start to tighten them.

After working all day in 108 degrees hoping to get travel ready by the weekend I'm stuck with this so close to the finish line. Anyway its a Reese SC 1200 weight distribution hitch right out of the box bought at Camping World here in Vegas.

I'm tired and cranky... thanks for any input!

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Are the bolts too short? A lot of times the manufacturer supplies bolts that are long enough once tightened, but don't allow for a loose fit before tightening that variances in fitment require. I've even had to buy longer bolts to assemble something and then put in the supplied bolts afterward for clearance issues.
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The bolts are plenty long, it just feels like the nuts are the wrong type. I will take them back but I just wanted to check if they make those really tight so they don't loosen. But I checked all of them and they feel like they are starting to strip after I revolution.

Seems like right out of the box everything would match up correct. 2 days before the weekend and don't feel like running around if I don't need to.
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Deformed thread self locking nuts perhaps ??
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:47 AM   #6
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Much of the production has moved to China. Buy some quality bolts from an industrial supplier.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:33 AM   #7
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Go buy some grade 8 bolts and nuts and use some red locktite They will be there forever!
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Good luck finding any non-Asian fasteners of any type. I bought a Reese hitch ball and the "chrome" was flaking off in a month in the non-contact areas, guess where it was made
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Are you trying to tighten them with a breaker bar and cheater or a torque wrench?
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Just using 2 crescents. But I think I'll go the Depot and see if I can find some matching nuts since Camping World is 30 minute drive and HD is around the corner.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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Don't you have a https://www.fastenal.com/home.ex
nearby? The big box stores sell mostly low end imported stuff.
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x2 on loctite and torque wrench.
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Most likely self locking nuts. Use them, but try borrowing the proper tools to tighten them. Its a trailer hitch, you need more then 2 monkey wrenchs to install it.

Once you know the wrench size, you can post the bolt size and someone will give you the proper torque. It should be in the instructions.

Don't start 're inventing the wheel, by using hardware, not designed by the hitch maker. They know what their doing. Even If made in China.

If the hitch maker wanted grade 8 bolts, red locktite, or standard nuts, they would have sent them.
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Most likely self locking nuts. Use them, but try borrowing the proper tools to tighten them. Its a trailer hitch, you need more then 2 monkey wrenchs to install it.

Once you know the wrench size, you can post the bolt size and someone will give you the proper torque. It should be in the instructions.

Don't start 're inventing the wheel, by using hardware, not designed by the hitch maker. They know what their doing. Even If made in China.

If the hitch maker wanted grade 8 bolts, red locktite, or standard nuts, they would have sent them.

I agree.

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