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Posted: 08/18/19 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never even thought that someone would put the locking pins in the wrong way. It seems obvious to me which way they go, but I've only been using a Blue Ox setup for about 17 years. If they didn't wedge, they probably could fall out. Now I have something else to think about every time a MH towing something passes me.


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So to be honest, the reason I never did it the correct way is as your picture shows, the ring does not close down completely to the rest of the assembly. If that’s ok, then it is clear what you are showing will avoid the problem!

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Actually looking again, I am putting them in the correct way. As your picture shows, they are tightly jammed against the bar. In my case even worse. When they get hot from a long day of driving, they get really wedged. They were not put in the wrong way, and still jam. As in the correct picture, even the thinner orientation of the pin jams against the tow arm metal.

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The only way they could stick if installed correctly is if your bracket is grooved because of them being installed incorrectly.

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Posted: 08/18/19 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sometimes I use pad locks. Can get then keyed alike and can’t be disconnected until the lock is removed. Can’t be removed by anyone else while your having lunch either


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Great idea on the pad locks. Appreciate the help that says it couldn’t possibly happen if installed correctly.

I’m going to try the locking pins.

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Always have used the spring pins, and always carry a couple of extras. Have lost several over the years, and have had some stolen. Have NEVER had one come out. You do need to relieve tension on the hitch or the main pins can be very difficult.


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MAKE sure the "fingers that match the tow bar and pin should be such that when you put the PIN in, it is going horizontally and then put the SNAP PIN in the hole of the big pin holding the fingers so they mate to the thing that comes out from the car base plate. I do not understand how your snap pin is getting wedged into the fingers. I have a Blue Ox tow bar etc and am about to have a base plate put on a used jeep I bought, I now am using a Smart
Car and it was easy and hope the JEEP is as easy!!


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So many different types of hitch pins, lock pins, spring clips, locks, etc.
go browse the hardware store and find something that suits your application and works better than what you have if it’s a problem.


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