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Old 03-05-2015, 08:37 AM   #1
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Question Tow Bar to Tabs Locking Pins

Thinking of replacing my 3 yr. old Blue Ox locking pins (caps seem loose). Before I buy the same brand again, I was wondering if there might be a more sturdy brand available. I like the Master hitch pins, but I don't think it is long enough. What locking pins are you all using? Thanks.......
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I'm not sure what pins you are talking about. Are you talking about the small pins you remove to disconnect the tow bar or do you mean the round twist lock pins that lock into the base plate? If its the ones that go into the base plate, I have a set that I'm not using that you can have for the price of the shipping.
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Caps seem loose??? I too would like to know what pins.
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The only "pin" I know of is the big 1/2" one that connects the towbar to the base plate, or perhaps the smaller clevis pin on those that acts as a retainer for the big 1/2" pin. But the "cap" on the 1/2" pin is an integral part of the pin and couldn't be "loose", so I'm perplexed.

Maybe a photo would help? Here is the Blue Ox item:
http://blueox.com/p-1387-bx88219.aspx
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Lowes has a good selection of pins.
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Thinking of replacing my 3 yr. old Blue Ox locking pins (caps seem loose). Before I buy the same brand again, I was wondering if there might be a more sturdy brand available. I like the Master hitch pins, but I don't think it is long enough. What locking pins are you all using? Thanks....... they developed in
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I agree. They seem to loosten up as they age and I have lost 2 over the past year that I know were firmly locked before I started to pull that day. I'm thinking of some hardened hitch pins from Tractor Supply and drilling the locking hairpin holes larger for a good padlock. I'm seeing a lot of pin wear that I shouldn't be seeing and when I was farming, the hardened hitch pins took an unbelievable amount of abuse without a bit of wear.

We actually stopped using Blue Ox hitches due to the wear and looseness they developed in all the joint areas. We pull around 10-20,000 miles a year, but I was having to use steel shim stock to tighten up the joints as the hitches wore. New parts was no solution as they wore just as fast or faster.
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Can someone please post a pic of what pins they are referring to.
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I believe we are talking about the bent pins that keep the tow bar in the hitch receiver and the smaller bent pins that connect the tow bar clevis to the toad mounting plate. I drilled out the holes in the stock pins that came with our tow bar and purchased 3 matching keyed padlocks. Works great so far and I don't worry about someone fooling around with the pins when we are parked somewhere and not near the RV and toad.
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original post edited for length..... I'm thinking of some hardened hitch pins from Tractor Supply and drilling the locking hairpin holes larger for a good padlock. I'm seeing a lot of pin wear that I shouldn't be seeing and when I was farming, the hardened hitch pins took an unbelievable amount of abuse without a bit of wear.
^^x2. Any good feed store, implement dealer, or hardware store will have a variety of hardened pins in stock; if you're lucky you might find some made in the US instead of China! I chose some with a larger "handle" to make inserting and removal of the pin easier.
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I use this set of locking pins. They are hardened steel. I use Brake Clean Spray to clean them and a CRC Spray Lube on them once or twice a year.

Blue Ox - BX88101 Receiver Lock Kit, 2-1/2, 1 5/8 Inch
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Sorry everyone, I thought the title would be enough explanation. Here's a link to the type of locking pins I am presently using and referring to.

Blue Ox® BX8859 - Trailer Hitch Pin Lock

After some investigating, I'm pretty sure that Master Lock .5" locking hitch pins will work. They have 2.75" in length and I only need 2.5". I will probably go back to the standard pin and clip until I get a new locking set.
I am using the BO Alpha tow bar.
Thanks for all the replies.
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Sorry everyone, I thought the title would be enough explanation. Here's a link to the type of locking pins I am presently using and referring to.

Blue Ox® BX8859 - Trailer Hitch Pin Lock

After some investigating, I'm pretty sure that Master Lock .5" locking hitch pins will work. They have 2.75" in length and I only need 2.5". I will probably go back to the standard pin and clip until I get a new locking set.
I am using the BO Alpha tow bar.
Thanks for all the replies.
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That's what I'm talking about too.
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I agree. They seem to loosten up as they age and I have lost 2 over the past year that I know were firmly locked before I started to pull that day. I'm thinking of some hardened hitch pins from Tractor Supply and drilling the locking hairpin holes larger for a good padlock. I'm seeing a lot of pin wear that I shouldn't be seeing and when I was farming, the hardened hitch pins took an unbelievable amount of abuse without a bit of wear.

We actually stopped using Blue Ox hitches due to the wear and looseness they developed in all the joint areas. We pull around 10-20,000 miles a year, but I was having to use steel shim stock to tighten up the joints as the hitches wore. New parts was no solution as they wore just as fast or faster.
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For what its worth, my research lead me to purchase 2 Master Lock # 1472DAT. It has a 2.75 inch width and is .5" diameter. I have been using the 5/8" version for several years on the MH hitch, with no looseness or rust. Got them from E-Trailer.
Master Lock Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock - Swivel Head - Flush Design - 1-1/4" Hitches Master Lock Locks 1472DAT
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