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Old 04-25-2017, 06:55 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Leg Connecting pins to Baseplate

For those who have a tow bar that attaches to the baseplate with pins is it common to use 1/2" locking hitch pins instead for better security?

If so, are there any strength requirements?

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Old 04-25-2017, 07:14 PM   #2
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Blue Ox sells them as a set (one 5/8 inch and two 1/2 inch locking pings...so I'd imagine if you buy those they would meet (at least) Blue Ox requirements. I've not yet used them...they things get mixed reviews (Blue Ox and others). I have this fear of the locking end failing and flying off while driving down the road. I've been toying with the idea of using them for various reasons...maybe someday.

I typically remove my tow bar if parking overnight at a WalMart or other public space, or if we were going to be away from the MH/towed for any period of time...only takes a minute or so. When camping overnight in an RV park (when in transit, so just overnighting), if the park looks secure, I typically leave it on both the MH and towed, however. If I'm at my destination I always remove it and store it in the towed.

I *always* check all pins, cables and connections before I take off, even if just fueling.
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Every hitch pin on my towing system has a padlock on it. Period! No worry ever about it falling out or being removed by some knothead while I'm away. I'm not paranoid I just realize the world is full of idiots.
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Tow Bar Leg Connecting pins to Baseplate

I use the blue Ox pins in all the connections. They are nice pins and provide a peace of mind that someone will not mess with them or accidentally release as I have heard some pins do.
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Every hitch pin on my towing system has a padlock on it. Period! No worry ever about it falling out or being removed by some knothead while I'm away. I'm not paranoid I just realize the world is full of idiots.
Same here and for the same reason. Kids like to remove the lynch pins and wait for the towed to be dragged. If your MH is on fire you probably won't save the towed though.
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Like "Mr_D" and "Labrat46," I recently switched to padlocks on all four places that formerly used linchpins. Padlocks also mean I no longer have to worry if I have the linchpin lock ring in the correct orientation (i.e., against the rounded edge of the pin when locked). I keep a key in the car and one in the coach, but as "Mr_D" says I'd probably be too disconcerted/slow on the draw to unlock the towbar if the MH was on fire. Worth that risk, for the reduced chance of tampering.

The towbar and baseplate are from Roadmaster.
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My Demco baseplate clevis only takes 1/2" pins. I'm not finding any weight rating for locking pins in my search.....are pretty much all 1/2" receiver pins going to be okay for a toad >5k pounds?
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I see that Demco sells locking pins:

Tow Bar/Baseplate Locks | Demco Products

May not have lawyers hounding you (as much) after an accident if you use the ones your towbar/baseplate manufacturer sells.
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Hahaha...indeed, I'm not partial to litigation.

Thanks...
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I use one lock to keep the bar on the coach. Others are the linch pins. Know a guy that put a lock on everything. Toad caught fire and because he couldn't get the locks opened, the toad and motorhome burned to the ground. A simple walk around inspection of the pins is all that is required. I have only towed a little over 200,000 miles so what do I know.
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I have pad locks in all pins. All keyed the same so if you have time to unlock one lock you can unlock all in seconds, so see no need to lock one and not another.
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On mine in case of a fire I would have to unlock the padlock, disconnect the safety chains, electrical wire and push the vehicle back (not possible if pushing uphill). I think I be happy just to get out of a burning RV.
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Thanks for the reminder. I just ordered a couple extra pins for the tow bar to toad base plate.

Last year I was disconnecting in a driving snow storm and dropped one of the pins in the snow. Took 10 minutes of carefully shoveling snow before I found it...
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I have padlocks on all of our pins. I don't worry about fires and I think the chances of someone trying to mess with my pins are greater than my chances of catching on fire, and I have insurance if I do catch on fire. I could go without locks and just look every time before moving, which I do now even with the locks, but it only needs to be missed once for an accident to happen.
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