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Old 08-06-2016, 09:20 PM   #1
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Do Not Buy Receivers from Harbor Freight

Warning!!! Do not purchase drop down receivers from Harbor Freight. My bad for buying my second one after the first one separated. Second one did the same thing!! It sucks when your toad tries to pass you when the weld breaks causing the toad to break Blue Ox safety cables. As it is the M&G brake system started to slow the car but most of the stopping was afforded by the Blue Ox dragging under the car . Total cost to repair toad and RV $16,000. +
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:27 PM   #2
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Scary movie alright.
Just curious, what tow bar and safety cables were you using? I have heard of your issue before from a person I meet in a park. He said he was using the BlueOx 10,000 Lb cables towing a small pick up. The cables held until he could get control but the tow bar was toast after it dropped and went under the toad.
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I got mine from RoadMaster. More expensive but have had no problems with any of them.
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:29 PM   #4
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Wow, sorry to here of your problem. I buy iccationally from harbor freight but not for things where quality or safety are prime.
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Wouldn't have even considered buying anything safety related from HF. They mostly sell low end knock off merchandise. I have never understood the allure of HF for critical items, other stuff yes.
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Just looked at one at Harbor Freight and it is only rated at 5000. If I replaced mine I would go with 10000

I usually buy a lot of tools at harbor Freight.
Cheaply constructed. But they get my little jobs done.

Some years ago I bought a 3/4 inch socket set and the breaker bar bent tryng to get a wheel of the MH. They replaced it for me. Just soft steel.
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Warning!!! Do not purchase drop down receivers from Harbor Freight. My bad for buying my second one after the first one separated. Second one did the same thing!! It sucks when your toad tries to pass you when the weld breaks causing the toad to break Blue Ox safety cables. As it is the M&G brake system started to slow the car but most of the stopping was afforded by the Blue Ox dragging under the car . Total cost to repair toad and RV $16,000. +
Any pictures of the drop down receiver?
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Any pictures of the drop down receiver?
I won't buy ANYTHING from Harbor Freight. Cheap chinese junk.
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Scary movie alright.
Just curious, what tow bar and safety cables were you using? I have heard of your issue before from a person I meet in a park. He said he was using the BlueOx 10,000 Lb cables towing a small pick up. The cables held until he could get control but the tow bar was toast after it dropped and went under the toad.
It was a Blue Ox Aventa with 10,000 lb cables towing a Chevy Eqinox. My complete tow bar was under the car, cables snapped and base plate tabs bent to one side 20 degrees.
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I think the Gen Y hitch receiver is the best one available. Expensive, yes. I am very happy with mine, a 6 inch drop one. Save a few bucks on e-bay.
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Expensive lesson!

Harbor Freight products are Chinese Bombs, use once if it works that long and throw away.

Buy American buy quality.

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Did you have the M&G breakaway kit installed ?
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Warning!!! Do not purchase drop down receivers from Harbor Freight.
How many pounds was the drop down receiver rated for?

Could you give a link to the item you dad purchased?
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I looked at many different drop down receivers before purchasing a Roadmaster which is rated for 10000lbs. Most of what I found on the internet were rated for 3500lbs. The Roadmaster costs considerably more than the others, but you get what you pay for. I would not attempt to tow a car with a 3500lb. rated drop receiver.
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