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Old 12-22-2012, 10:03 AM   #15
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I have no idea how, but we lost a "locking" hitch pin on ours going down the road the other day. When the pin came out, the tow bar pulled out of the reciever and dropped down to the pavement. We saw it imediately and got it stopped before any damage. Thank God for safety cables.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #16
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Two additional thoughts on the keyed-locking pins: 1) in an emergency [eg coach on fire] its going to be hard enough to get the toad unhooked with standard pins--keyed pins will just add to the frenzy; 2) the keyed pins tend to rotate in the hitch as you go down the road, causing some unusual wear on the hitch components--guess lubricant would help but then you attract dust and grit which isnt good for wear either. I like the pins with the spring-loaded fold-over clips.

Realize you were stuck in place but Blue Ox will rework you hitch at FMCAs or Quartzsite for little or no charge.....[guess damaged parts are extra]
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #17
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It is a good idea to check your tires, pins, cords etc, everytime you stop the vehicle. When I was driving for a living the first thing I did after getting out of the seat was check it all. That would get me started at any needed adjustments or repairs right away instead of after my break for lunch or whatever the reason for the stop. Especially in a croweded parking lot. After returning to the vehicle I would make another walk around just to make sure nobody had tampered with it. Some folks just can't seem to keep their hands off. It happens a lot!
Now that I am retired, old habits are still there.
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