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Old 02-21-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Pin for Hitch Extender

My Winnebago Hitch Extender came with a Pin and clip, would it be safer to use a grade 5 bolt and lock nut??

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Old 02-21-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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I would use what they sent. Reason is, you don't know what "grade" that pin is.
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I would just use the pin and clip.
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+1 on using the pin. Bolts are designed to apply a clamping force. The pin is designed to resist shear force.
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I changed mine to a stainless steel pin with a keyed lock.
Got it at a West Marine store.

MASTER LOCK Stainless-Steel Receiver Lock at West Marine
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:56 AM   #6
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We use the pin and clip. I can tell you for a fact that you won't shear it even in the worst of circumstances. Our Jeep was hit from behind while being towed on I-57 going through Illinois at 60+ mph. It suffered $5000.00 damage plus another $2,000.00 damage to the towing gear. The pins held everything together and didn't show any signs of damage.
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I was thinking more of person saftey of some one steeling it, maybe even a lock made for that use, Hitch Lock Hitch Accessories | etrailer.com
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I was thinking more of person saftey of some one steeling it, maybe even a lock made for that use, Hitch Lock Hitch Accessories | etrailer.com
Roadmaster also has a series of locks specifically for the tow bar and drop receiver. Here's the set we got with our tow bar.

RoadMaster Lock Set - Hitch Lock and 2 Quick-Disconnect Padlocks Roadmaster Locks RM-304

Later when we got a new motorhome we needed a drop receiver so we bought a set that had matching keys like this one.

Roadmaster Trailer Hitch Locks, Keyed Alike (Qty 2) Roadmaster Locks RM-316

We still use the pins and clips between the tow bar and Jeep. The ones on the drop receiver are high enough they don't get covered with dirt ad grime. They also don't have to be removed unless we want to remove the tow bar.

The pins on the Jeep always get coated with crud. They're also in a place where it would be difficult to open a lock with a key. It's a lot easier to pull the clip out of the pin than to try to unlock a lock every time we unhook. There's never been any problem with security as far as someone trying to steal the Jeep. We do however feel it's possible that the tow bar could disappear when left without some security at an unattended motorhome.
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