I thought I would share a recent experience we had when we recently we changed motorhomes. Part of the process in setting up the, new to us motorhome, was re-configuring our hitch arrangement.
I have never, and maybe shame on me for it, checked the torque of the hitch ball we have used in the past 7 years pulling our enclosed trailer. I have never read any discussion of it or anything or the sort. Kinda a set it and forget it thing.....that has changed.
As I was relocating the ball from the prior draw bar, it took very little effort to spin off that nut using my 3/4" torque wrench....just a bit more pressure that placing my hand on it....damn!
So after a long thank you God prayer......I removed the nut and proceeded to reinstall on the new bar to the 450 ft lb the mfg calls for on this 1-1/4" shank.
It is now a check list item for me. Doesn't take much time or effort....just never thought to do!