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Today, 900 miles in to a trip to Wyoming, driving hwy 26 near Palisades reservoir, 2 lane road with few turnouts, I heard a snap sound and soon felt as though truck had lost power. Drove another hundred yards or so before i found a pullout. Pin was gone and stinger held in by the chains. Well, the breakaway switch worked as it should. Ironic that i never carried a spare until just b4 this trip. Whew! that could have been ugly.

Wondering about the cause.
1. 5 year old, 20k miles distressed pin?
2. #1 above due to excessive rattle? Its a 3" receiver with an adapter for 2" stinger.
3. I tried one of those u-bolt anti rattle devices for the first time on this trip. Could that have done it?



It was one of those locking hitch pins btw. Truck is a '15 Silverado 2500 hd pulling an arctic fox 25r that weighs about 9k loaded.
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Dave

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Posted: 09/11/21 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Locking hitch pin"
Probably made in China [emoticon]

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Key says "ccp" on one side. and "lb10" in the other side. Seems to indicate that it's a Reese product.

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Whangler wrote:

Key says "ccp" on one side. and "lb10" in the other side. Seems to indicate that it's a Reese product.


It may be a designed product by Reese, but a quick look revealed Country of origin ?China Scroll down to the bottom.

Hitch Pin

Are you sure the pin actually broke or did the lock fall off and the pin rattled out?

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Since the 3" to 2" adapter places the load points 1/2" apart, that is asking for trouble. Also, 3" receivers require a 3/4" pin, but you probably used a 5/8" because that is what fits 2" shanks. Reese has sent much production to China and it would be a good idea to avoid those products.





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Fisherman wrote:

Whangler wrote:

Key says "ccp" on one side. and "lb10" in the other side. Seems to indicate that it's a Reese product.


It may be a designed product by Reese, but a quick look revealed Country of origin ?China Scroll down to the bottom.

Hitch Pin

Are you sure the pin actually broke or did the lock fall off and the pin rattled out?


Can't say for sure. but there sure was a loud metallic snap. I checked the pin lock before we hit the road and did a visual inspection this am

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Lynnmor wrote:

Since the 3" to 2" adapter places the load points 1/2" apart, that is asking for trouble. Also, 3" receivers require a 3/4" pin, but you probably used a 5/8" because that is what fits 2" shanks. Reese has sent much production to China and it would be a good idea to avoid those products.

I've never liked that 3"-2" adapter set up. Think I'll visit the welder when I get home for some mods to the receiver.

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Whangler wrote:

Fisherman wrote:

Whangler wrote:

Key says "ccp" on one side. and "lb10" in the other side. Seems to indicate that it's a Reese product.


It may be a designed product by Reese, but a quick look revealed Country of origin ?China Scroll down to the bottom.

Hitch Pin

Are you sure the pin actually broke or did the lock fall off and the pin rattled out?


Can't say for sure. but there sure was a loud metallic snap. I checked the pin lock before we hit the road and did a visual inspection this am. I've heard of poor quality steel and brass coming from China.
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Whangler wrote:

I've never liked that 3"-2" adapter set up. Think I'll visit the welder when I get home for some mods to the receiver.
I recommend a proper 3" stinger, no adapters.


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time2roll wrote:

Whangler wrote:

I've never liked that 3"-2" adapter set up. Think I'll visit the welder when I get home for some mods to the receiver.
I recommend a proper 3" stinger, no adapters.

That would be preferable, but i can't find a 3" shank for weight distribution systems.

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