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RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

. My guess with bending down of the 2 5/16 " main ball mount and the left lean ( possible a also forward lean? ) of the left friction sway brake mini ball is that too sharp of a left jackknife turn bottomed out the left friction sway brake which would pull on the main ball, push on the mini ball. causing both to bend their mounts as shown. From my welders and fabricators point of view, it is not a fault with the hitch, Maybe just too sharp of a turn, the sway brake rear mount set up too close on the tongue to allow fullslide action before ending its stroke. This would cause one to bend down, the other up and sideways proportionally to the forces. Thank you SDCamper, I trust something like this has happened. I'm a little perplexed how the heavy ball mount bent so much when the mini-balls really did not. Maybe the tongue load played in. I've since noticed my same hitch (different make - same factory) has a little bend too, but not as much. And I certainly back mine with the sway bars occasionally - like at a gas station, but I usually turn off the anti-sway function when I get to a campground to minimize the groaning. I did not know to go ahead at that point and remove it, so I will start doing that. I've also not knowingly jack-knifed excessively, but well, maybe I have done that too. I know this has helped my friend a lot. Thanks for the input.
CaptainLarry 01/22/21 03:46pm Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

I did ask him to remove the ball. It was wiggling when I saw it but he did not have the tools to remove it at the time. Certainly something odd going on there.
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 07:54pm Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

This is all great discussion. I honestly did not expect such helpful treatment. I look forward to passing this along and encouraging my friend (I wonder if you guys think "my friend" is actually me. :)) to join the discussion. Here are the stats. He is already doing some more thinking himself. As already stated: https://www.harborfreight.com/10000-lb-capacity-weight-distributing-hitch-system-67649.html Make and model? https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2014-shasta-flyte-travel-trailer-floorplan-315ok-tr19997 2014 Shasta 315 - the above link says 5,800 lbs. dry, but our sticker says 6,400. He measured 1000 pounds tongue weight nearly empty and expects his loaded tongue to be more like 1100. (overloaded) I'll have to think through the scenarios you all have proposed and ask him about his friction sway set-up. Thanks.
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 07:52pm Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

I'll collect the requested data ASAP. Thanks.
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 03:29pm Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

OK, so what way are you seeing the photo so I can repeat the method on another image? I still can't see it. https://imgur.com/pPdQHeq https://imgur.com/pPdQHeq
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 03:23pm Towing
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

https://imgur.com/QsvFaF8 https://imgur.com/QsvFaF8 Do these images work???
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 02:26pm Towing
RE: Posting Pics

I have the same warning. I am not able to go here. I can't find a photo posting solution.
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 02:05pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

For the life of me I can't figure out how to post photos!
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 01:39pm Towing
How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

https://i.imgur.com/4odr2iil.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jdSrE3Il.jpg Hey Guys, My buddy showed me his cheap Harbor Freight load compensation hitch because he thought the ball was causing wear on his mount. I paused and said, the whole thing looks bent to me. My questions to you are, it does look bent, right? And how would one do this? I guess I'm thinking going over a tall RR crossing might have this effect. Larry Moderator edit to fix picture URL's
CaptainLarry 01/04/21 01:38pm Towing
RE: Water Heater Gas Valve Stuck Open UPDATE-Bench Test

Covered this ground once. There is a thread here that I started in 2014. Started a real fire storm of feedback. Ha! Valve still works 6 years later. Search "Repair leaky White Rodgers gas valve in Attwood water heater" Maybe its blocked since it was so dangerous. Sorry to be so cynical. Stay Free Everyone!
CaptainLarry 07/13/20 04:05pm Tech Issues
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