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rgnprof

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Posted: 10/21/19 07:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the replies - appreciate the concern.

I've been towing - pop-up and now my car - for years, first time anything like this has happened. A little unnerving!

I'm also trying to figure out why the NSA (NOT Blue Ox as stated above) safety cable broke - my car is about 3300lbs and the cables are each rated for 4000lbs, I think...


NSA safety cables


I will definitely make a hitch pin change and will find a way to lock it up. This one was purchased at either Home Depot or WalMart - don't remember the specific brand.


Appreciate the suggestions!

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I have found that on my setup (blue ox base plate and ready Brute Elite bars) that if I put the pins in from the outside to the inside they work toward the outside and when I get where I am going they are really tight against the cotter pin. I can see where it would eventually cause a failure. So, now I put the pins in from the inside out and it works it's way to the curve in the pin which is far less risky and no stress at all on the cotter pin. I hope that made sense.

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Posted: 10/21/19 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ron.dittmer wrote:

folivier wrote:

Replace the hitch pin with a correct size grade 8 bolt and don't worry about it. No rattles either. Also anyone who wants to steal your towbar better have tools!
.....With Nylon Locking Nut!


Great suggestion. Definitely.


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We almost bottomed out one time, and didn't realize it to later, but the hitch pin must have been the weakest link and it was fine. Fortunately the hitch is adjustable and has 2 pins.... But lesson learned.


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I have a Roadmaster setup. These cables are rated for 8000 lbs. Gross Trailer Weight (GTW), and are LESS expensive than the ones on Amazon.

Link: https://www.etrailer.com/Safety-Chains-and-Cables/Roadmaster/RM-645.html

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Each of these cables appears to be the same size as the 8000 lb winch hanging on the front of the Jeep. No worries of them breaking.


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Posted: 10/21/19 01:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

way2roll wrote:

I have found that on my setup (blue ox base plate and ready Brute Elite bars) that if I put the pins in from the outside to the inside they work toward the outside and when I get where I am going they are really tight against the cotter pin. I can see where it would eventually cause a failure. So, now I put the pins in from the inside out and it works it's way to the curve in the pin which is far less risky and no stress at all on the cotter pin. I hope that made sense.
OUTSTANDING INFORMATION!! Everyone should follow way2roll's system, regardless of their brand of hitch. Normal hitch motion will always move the pins outboard. Locking pins too, but they will slow the idiots out there who think pulling pins is funny.


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Are we talking about the pins (2) at the car baseplate or the 'hitch pin' at the receiver ?

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I saw those exact chains listed above from etrailer...opted against them because for some reason, I didn't like the quick link end...not sure why but that doesn't look as strong to me...

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To be clear - the pin that I lost was at the receiver (closest to the camper)...

I usually install my base plate pins the same way as describe above by way2roll.

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rgnprof wrote:

To be clear - the pin that I lost was at the receiver (closest to the camper)...

I usually install my base plate pins the same way as describe above by way2roll.


ok Tnx.
That's what I thought it was , the hitch pin and I also install my Blue ox pins that same way as you do. Glad to hear everything turned out to be ok for you.

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