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Old 05-14-2019, 06:36 AM   #99
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Just had a thought, I donít know if itís been mentioned here yet, but when I was following another RVr that had 19 1/2 inch wheels and small tires probably 225ís, this RV was towing a small Chevy SUV, and when it made a right hand turn into a Wendyís, their drop hitch all but lifted their rear tires off the ground do to the extreme dip in the gutter area and the incline. I realized the extreme torture that was being inflicted on that receiver, grinding diagonally with all that leverage and weight being forced by a powerful Diesel engine. I believe that many hitches are built strong enough and the frames are overly built to accommodate such a situation, but a less adequate bolted on hitch may only take a few times of doing such an event to succumb to failure.
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Thanks, this failure remains a mystery.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:08 PM   #101
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The precipitating event may be a mystery but I have no doubt that the hitch was built way to lightly for it's intended purpose.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:57 PM   #102
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The hitch may have been made in the USA , but it was poorly designed, obviously not strong enough for its use and the engineering if any was faulty. You can’t just pick something out of a catalog and install it which may have happened at the factory. The good old “ that will probably work” doesn’t work in most situations.
Contact the manufacturer and demand that they resolve your problem. If they complain take the issue up with the NHTSA and see what they say.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:38 PM   #103
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If they complain take the issue up with the NHTSA and see what they say.

As serious as this issue ism I would report it. We cannot rely on all manufacturers voluntarily doing recalls when they see a safety trend. I do not see anything that sets that hitch apart from the next, as far as why it failed. Whatever caused it to fail, can do the same to all the hitches that the company bought in that batch. Or maybe even all they did for the year, or more.



We should not think of calling NHTSA as a tool/threat to get action out of a company. But rather as a tool to keep the honest company honest, and to help save others from the same or worse fate.


I have filed several reports out over the years. If it is a one of a kind report, then it goes no where, and I am fine with that. But if it turns out to be a real safety issue, and needs recalled, I am also glad to be part of the process.
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:54 AM   #104
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The hitch may have been made in the USA , but it was poorly designed, obviously not strong enough for its use and the engineering if any was faulty. You can’t just pick something out of a catalog and install it which may have happened at the factory. The good old “ that will probably work” doesn’t work in most situations.
Contact the manufacturer and demand that they resolve your problem. If they complain take the issue up with the NHTSA and see what they say.
This hitch is the top of the Roadmaster line and is an enhanced version of the All Terrain tow bar. I did contact Roadmaster and they were fantastic. Second day delivery of a new tow bar and I was on the road again. I've towed my jeep another 150 miles and no problems. I'm on the road again tomorrow so I'll see how it performs.
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This hitch is the top of the Roadmaster line and is an enhanced version of the All Terrain tow bar. I did contact Roadmaster and they were fantastic. Second day delivery of a new tow bar and I was on the road again. I've towed my jeep another 150 miles and no problems. I'm on the road again tomorrow so I'll see how it performs.
??? The OP's hitch was not a Roadmaster. Did you get your threads crossed perhaps, or am I the one who is confused?
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I have a similar hitch but not exactly, I recently beefed it up with two diagonal braces up to the frame. Here are some pictures. $30 in steel and an hour of welding.
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The factory hitch that came with my Beaver Patriot, was made by Valley Industries. It broke at the receiver tube sending it's TOAD into the weeds (fortunately not into oncoming traffic). This was with the previous owner. He was only towing a very light, Suzuki Sidekick. Apparently VI no longer make hitches (no wonder). Two shops that looked at it said the design was highly flawed. Something about the tube not going through the cross-member and being welded at the back side AND no gussets, which created a very weak hitch.
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