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CaptainLarry

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Posted: 01/04/21 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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
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For the life of me I can't figure out how to
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https://imgur.com/QsvFaF8

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Do these images work???

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Photo came through!
Looks nasty! What is make and model of the distribution hitch?
What does trailer weight and what is guess of tongue weight? Make and model?


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Posted: 01/04/21 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hard to tell from the photo if it's really bent. If you hadn't said something, I would have assumed it was just the angle of the photo.

Assuming it is bent, what's the rating on the hitch and what is he pulling? A trailer that's too heavy combined with a good pothole can generate a lot of force. It doesn't appear to be in any imminent danger of breaking away but depending on seeing it in real life, if it is bent, probably best to replace it.


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Definitely look bent! That would take a lot of force to do that.
But then I would question the quality hitch head itself. Maybe cheap Chinese steel?


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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

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I'll collect the requested data ASAP. Thanks.

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I cut and paste link.
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Ball shank itself appears to be bent to the left. There also appears to be a very little sag where the ball is mounted. Someone put some extreme forces on this hitch. They may have grossly exceeded the rating. Sway control ball on left is clearly bent.

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