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Old 03-22-2015, 11:19 PM   #1
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Locking hitch pin advice?

i just purchased a lightly used Blue Ox Aventa II tow bar; it came with a Bully locking receiver pin. Everything appears to be in fine shape, almost like new.

This particular pin has a key-operated tang that opens after inserting the pin - it catches inside of the 2" hitch connector when locked. The nose of the pin sticks out of the other side of the receiver. There is no provision for a normal spring pin or other device. You can't remove the key without the pin being locked, so that's good design feature.

Has anyone had a problem with this arrangement? I realize the the tang merely keeps the pin from working its way out of the receiver and doesn't take any load itself, but I'm wary of depending solely on it.

Encouragement and alternate suggestions are gratefully accepted!
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I wasn't sure what you were describing, so I looked it up.

http://www.amazon.com/Bully-CR-094-U.../dp/B00029JMVW

My only concern would be that this design requires the pin be hollow for the locking mechanism rather than being solid like other pins. It says it's stainless steel, which certain alloys are harder than some steel alloys, but I guess I prefer a solid pin with the locking mechanism on the pin's end.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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I use the blue Ox locking kit that consists of three locking pins. Two lock the Aventa to the base plate and one locks the hitch Assy to the receiver.
Easy to instal and disconnect. Solid hardened steel pins.

BX88101 Receiver Lock Kit, 2-1/2, 1-5/8″ | Blue Ox
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Thanks for the replies. I hadn't even thought of the drilling of the pin for the lock's plunger.

You guys are making me lean towards replacing it with something else.

I'll check out the Blue Ox pin. At this point I'm interested in the receiver pin only, to allow worry free storage at a campground while we're away.
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Harbor Freight has a 1/2" or 5/8" locking hitch pin,

1/2" Rotating Locking Hitch Pin

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How much are you pulling? 5,000 or 10,000 pounds (Hitch limit)

Both use the same pins.. I seriously doubt you will have a problem with that pin.

Also, there are different grades of steel (Assuming it is,in fact, steel

A higher grade could well be stronger even if drilled.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:12 PM   #7
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It's a 10,000# tow bar but my Element is less than 5,000# (an estimate-I haven't weighed it yet).

I'm probably over thinking this.....
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I have a similar locking pin. I have no concern with it.
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Thanks to every one for their comments and coaching. I think I'll give it a try and see how it works out.

I really appreciate the sharing of experience!
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I too have the Blue Ox BX88101 Receiver Lock Kit. It comes with 2-1/2" pins with locks for securing the tow bar to the base plate arms and a third 1-5/8″ that secured the draw bar in the receiver. All three locks are keyed the same so I only need a single key to hook up or unhook. It comes with two keys per lock (6) so I'm unlikely to lose them all. I also like the fact that the key does not come out of the cylinder until it is locked. I tug on the lock confirms that its attached correctly and ready to go.
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These Blue Ox guys seem to have figured out a solution for every problem that I have been able to think up!

Thanks for the reply, Ron_H. I've decided to "go with it" and set my fears aside.
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Don't know what u are towing. But I have one that has the lock on the outside. On yours, I would be concerned that should I overload the pin it might jam the mechanism. Otherwise... Speed and altitude are your life.
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I just towed 900 miles with these new pins. They are sturdy
and easy to use. They come in 1/2 and 5/8 dia.

Master Lock Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock - Swivel Head - Flush Design - 1-1/4" Hitches Master Lock Locks 1472DAT
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I just towed 900 miles with these new pins. They are sturdy
and easy to use. They come in 1/2 and 5/8 dia.

Master Lock Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock - Swivel Head - Flush Design - 1-1/4" Hitches Master Lock Locks 1472DAT
I have the same lock. Keep the tumbler lubed up. If it starts to stick, go have duplicate keys made out of good quality blanks. My key broke off with no force at all. I wasn't even trying hard.

I like the lock, but really dislike the keys?
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