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Old 12-09-2013, 03:01 PM   #15
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As I stated previously I cannot understand why one would need these cables between the baseplate and the frame of the toad. HAs there ever been a class 1,2 or 3 hitch that required these attachments to the frame? Not that I have ever seen.
I definitely agree with the safety chains from the hitch to the vehicle because there are people who forget to latch the ball clip down securely.

Can't imagine a properly installed base plate falling off unless the toad's frame was rusted out completely but then the cables would not do much good either.

To me it's overkill to the 9th degree.
We got back in September from a 11,500 mile run to Alaska (6th time). When up there my DAILY check of the baseplate showed that the attaching bolts were loose. It was necessary to re-tighten, torque, them after each day's run until we got home and I did a permanent repair. Seemed like the bolt heads were deforming the steel box frame and allowing the hitch to loosen up, even though they were torqued to the proper values and the correct Loc-Tite was used. When we repaired it we put 1/4" thick steel bar under the bolts and nuts and welded them to the frame. No problems since, but there would have been a very real chance of losing the baseplate and the toad had I not constantly checked it, and had not had the frame safety cables attached. I shake and visually check toad baseplate, Bus hitch, and rock guard each day. I do a detailed weld inspection and surrounding steel inspection each maintenance cycle. In my opinion, to do any less is irresponsible.

I fully informed Blue Ox of the problems I encountered along with detailed pictures of the elongated bolt holes and frame deformation.

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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baseplate loosening off

With my CRV install I would have to remove the bumper to even see the 8 bolts let alone tighten them every day. You seem to have more of a problem than anyone could expect.
PS I inspect my 4 5th wheel hitch mounting bolts annually and never found them loose whatsoever and that is towing a 13,000# trailer

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