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Old 06-13-2021, 03:43 PM   #1
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Toad problem

I have been flat towing a 98 jeep and today one of the pins came out and destroyed my tow bar. It was a roadmaster falcon 2. This is actually the 2nd towbar to do this on me. What can cause the locking pin to come out and then the tow pin. I attach right on too my bumper.
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Old 06-13-2021, 07:05 PM   #2
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What type of clips are you using? If they are Lynch Pins, then there are several things to know.
  • There is a right way and a wrong way to use these (see picture)
  • Make sure nothing like safety cables/chains or electrical cables are near the 'bale' or the part that opens/closes.
  • Every time you stop for anything more than a few minutes, walk around the toad and check it out. Pay attention to the Lynch Pins and make sure nothing is near the bale, or make sure nobody took them thinking they were being funny.
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We have the same tow bar and we had a pin almost fall out that I know was properly set before we started our trip. We were fortunate and stopped for gas early in our trip and I saw the unlocked pin. We changed all locking pins to locks to prevent the problem.
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Never had a pin fall out. I run a short length of chain from the ring on the head to the ring of the lynch pin. I originally did this to keep from loosing either pin, but I think it keeps the lynch pin from being 'knocked' up. The chain runs under the attachment.
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Replace the pins with locking pins and youíll avoid this happening again.
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Locking pins also helps with people (I am tempted to say teenagers) being up to stuff while you are stopped.
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What type of clips are you using? If they are Lynch Pins, then there are several things to know.


  • There is a right way and a wrong way to use these (see picture)
  • Make sure nothing like safety cables/chains or electrical cables are near the 'bale' or the part that opens/closes.
  • Every time you stop for anything more than a few minutes, walk around the toad and check it out. Pay attention to the Lynch Pins and make sure nothing is near the bale, or make sure nobody took them thinking they were being funny.
That is what I use. I was only 50 miles from home when it happened. I will be looking a new tow bars tomorrow.
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I've used the Lynch Pins for 21 years now on roads from interstate to rutted crush rock mountain roads and have never had a pin bump loose. The way they are made and installed, I just don't see how it is even possible, unless something like a safety cable/chain hits it or humans think its funny to flip them open.

But, if you feel better with locking hitch pins then by all means go for it. I tried them for a while but found the lock mechanism would freeze during very cold driving days causing me to have to use a butane lighter flame to heat the lock and thaw it out before I could remove them.
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I've given this issue a fair amount of thought and I'm thinking of going to drilled shank bolts and castellated nuts and using the pin to keep the nut from backing off. I know it will be more work but if you use stainless bolts and nuts they won't rust up on you. I just don't like the idea of any lateral force being held in by the relatively small hair clips or lynch pins. It won't take long for them to wear through.
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I've used the Lynch Pins for 21 years now on roads from interstate to rutted crush rock mountain roads and have never had a pin bump loose. The way they are made and installed, I just don't see how it is even possible, unless something like a safety cable/chain hits it or humans think its funny to flip them open.



But, if you feel better with locking hitch pins then by all means go for it. I tried them for a while but found the lock mechanism would freeze during very cold driving days causing me to have to use a butane lighter flame to heat the lock and thaw it out before I could remove them.
I have no idea how they could come but it did and now my rv is fed up from where it hit the back of the rv.
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I use them all the time on my tractors and implements as well as my hitch setup. One point to share is to always installed the from the top or from towards the front of the vehicle otherwise if a rock (or other item) hits them just right they will open up. Every now and then I can feel one that is not as strong anymore and I go ahead and replace those that feel that way. I haven't had one come off unexpectant in many years (15~20) now that I take those precautions. ~CA
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I have replaced the Pins with locks this way I know they will not fall out and no one can remove them when we are stopped. Never had any issues but I was always worried that if we walked away from the MH someone would pull the pin and I would not catch it.
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I use a bolt with a locking nut. I have the wrench I need at hand and it takes less than 30 seconds to unhitch.
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I use a bolt with a locking nut. I have the wrench I need at hand and it takes less than 30 seconds to unhitch.
You use a bolt/nut on on all three (two on the toad, and one on the coach) connection points?
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