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Old 11-28-2021, 09:36 PM   #1
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Dodged a bullet

A few days ago we stopped at a mid-point to visit with my daughter.

That stop led me to redue the tow procedure on my CRV; where I found it wouldn't start. Opening the hood to jump start it I found the battery all acid'd over, a condition I observed two months prior and thought I'd cleaned/resolved. With a jumper cable it started but I knew that evening I'd try and find a replacement battery ($108). Got lucky here too, Turkey eve and I found an open Walmart, 6PM arrival time.

But the scary part is when I went to the hitch where I found one of the locking cross-pins missing and the actual locking cross bar almost out of the two pieces. Fortunately I had more from a different lock-pin and was able to fix it as well.

The good new was all this happened in a truck stop that had cheap(er) diesel ... $3.49. I plan on revisiting them Wed (on my return trip).
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Now the real question is:
Why had battery boiled over?
Overcharging, bad cell etc

And WHO pulled the pin?
Any stops between leaving and that truck stop?
Pin Sheared?....WHY/How?
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:02 AM   #3
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But the scary part is when I went to the hitch where I found one of the locking cross-pins missing
When you say "locking pins" do you mean something like this?
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:19 AM   #4
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When you say "locking pins" do you mean something like this?
The locks used to lock down a trailer hitch bail will fit into your "crosspins"
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On a recent trip I forgot to store the cross pins from my tow bar in a safe “locked” place after disconnecting my Jeep. When we went to leave a few days later, one of the pins was mysteriously not where I left it. I didn’t have a spare so our departure was delayed a couple of hours while I drove around town searching for a replacement pin. While I was gone my Wife was walking the dogs and happened to find the pin a few hundred feet from where our coach was parked! We didn’t find the keeper pin, but I had a spare one of those. I guess someone decided the really didn’t need it after all. ��
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Had this happen to me as well about two months ago. The wire was missing from this type of pin on the crossbar on my Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain tow bar when I went to disconnect the toad, so nothing was keeping the pin from falling out. Fortunately, it didn't. This wasn't sabotage, as I had checked everything that morning when I connected the toad. We then drove 170 miles to our destination without stopping.
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Old 11-29-2021, 08:27 AM   #7
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I had a similar issue with the lock pins that come with the tow bar so I purchased keyed locks for all connections.
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On a trip last month. We stopped and parked in a grocery store parking lot and did some final shopping. Did a walk around like always. All seemed good. 150 miles later we're set up. I go to remove the hitch from the truck. (Anderson.) Safely pin not there, gone. No way it could have fallen out, no way. Now, I look for the pins each and every time I have eyes off the rig. Got lucky on that one. Carry extras anyways. If that ever happens again, I'll be flying the finger in the parking lot as I install a replacement pin.
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As for the cause of my battery going all acid - I don't know. I will keep my eye on it and if it happens again (with a new battery) then I'll look into whether its the bus charge line or the car. I'm hoping it was just the battery gone bad.

As for the missing pin, again I don't know how it happened, but it did (while on the road - no stops). I replaced it with one of my other (locking type) pins. As I don't like carrying extra keys I will return to that system - once I gain another pin (or even a bent nail).

Pic shows the type I lost.

These two failures have shown me I need to check everything each time I stop - or don't stop.
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As for the cause of my battery going all acid - I don't know. I will keep my eye on it and if it happens again (with a new battery) then I'll look into whether its the bus charge line or the car. I'm hoping it was just the battery gone bad.

As for the missing pin, again I don't know how it happened, but it did (while on the road - no stops). I replaced it with one of my other (locking type) pins. As I don't like carrying extra keys I will return to that system - once I gain another pin (or even a bent nail).

Pic shows the type I lost.

These two failures have shown me I need to check everything each time I stop - or don't stop.
A mystery. I definitely do a quick walk around every time I stop and before getting on the road again .... these pins you show that attach the tow bar to the baseplate are something that I always check to make sure they are in place. I have never had one come loose - not sure what might have happened in your case??

That said, from the first time I started towing flat, I have carried a couple extra of these pins, as well as an extra of the bold that secures the tow bar into the towbar on the RV. My first thought was ... "Hmmm ..... if I lost one of these I would be stopped, best to have extras.....". I had heard stories of people taking these in rest areas and campgrounds. Again, not sure what happened in your case....
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First off I think most of the so-called "vandalism" is really the result of the pin falling out on it's own for some reason. One solution I have come up with is purchasing 3/4 inch Master locks that are keyed alike. If you search the Internet for Master padlock keyed alike you should be able to find something. I would go for the solid brass ones for corrosion resistance. Good luck.
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I also have a road master tow bar with that type of locking pin. There is a cable on the larger pin and to the locking pin , so they stay attached to one another. After I put them in place , I use a 11" plastic tie to keep them from dropping out , or coming apart by passing it through the ring on the locking pin and ring on bigger pin. That safety cable that is on there has broken before.
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I purchased keyed locks for all connections.
Yep that's what I did also from the very beginning. I keep a small tool bag in our toad with all our tow parts, connections, locking pins that use a keyed lock, the keys themselves, gloves etc. When we get ready to hook up, everything is right there. But even with that system, I always check everything again after stopping for any reason. After 5yrs. of FTing and 10's of 1000's of miles have not had any mishaps.
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For the battery issue, I installed a switch to disconnect the battery from the coach power. Had to jump start the toad a couple times before installing the switch. The "manual" for our Roadmaster tow bar and electrical hook-up said the toad did not need a battery disconnect. Whatever. Zero battery issues after putting in the disconnect.

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