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Posted: 08/07/22 09:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've always have locked the hitch when towing my TT, simply because I don't want to lose the lock. But should you lock the hitch when towing?


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you should have something through the hitch pin. I use one of the hairpin clips on mine.

However if your trailer uses a 2 5/16" ball and the keyed security lock is one that goes through the hitch pin, it's at best a cosmetic lock. that leaves the ball socket on the hitch open and all it takes for someone to drive off with your trailer is for them to drop the hitch onto a 2" ball, and then drive off.

If you want a security lock you want something that covers the ball socket, kinda hard to tow with that on the hitch.

when we re graveled our community RV parking lot, even with way advance notice a few people neglected to take their trailers out. I just put in my 2" ball for my utility trailer dropped the hitch on the ball, it goes way up into the socket and towed them out of the way.


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Personal preference.
I never did. When using WD, the hitch cannot come off of the ball.. If not using WD, then yes, a lock or pin should be used, becuse it is possible for the hitch to come off the ball.



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Pretty sure it's mandatory in my area to have a pin of some kind in there while towing. I always do. I use a lock as opposed to a pin with a clip, because somebody stole my clip a few years back.


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Posted: 08/08/22 06:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ktmrfs wrote:

However if your trailer uses a 2 5/16" ball and the keyed security lock is one that goes through the hitch pin, it's at best a cosmetic lock. that leaves the ball socket on the hitch open and all it takes for someone to drive off with your trailer is for them to drop the hitch onto a 2" ball, and then drive off.


I believe the OP was referring to while driving...so there's already a 2 5/6" ball blocking a thief from dropping it on their 2" ball...not to mention, it's doing 60mph down the freeway.

To the OP: We have a simple spring clip that keeps it from accidentally being released. No key'd lock.


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Everyone that is locking thiers...

I assume you are all using WD?

If so try this the next time you are hitched up with WD engaged.
Open/unlatch the coupler. Then use your jack to try and lift it off of the ball.

It can't be done.



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On my WD hitch trailer I put the lock in so it doesn't get lost. Although many times I don't lock it just put it in the hole. Been doing that since 2005 and not lost a lock yet.

On my 2" ball trailers I always put a clip in the coupler to keep the lever from lifting.


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Posted: 08/08/22 07:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Huntindog wrote:

Everyone that is locking thiers...

I assume you are all using WD?

If so try this the next time you are hitched up with WD engaged.
Open/unlatch the coupler. Then use your jack to try and lift it off of the ball.

It can't be done.



Your test is not the same as when driving down the road:
- When slowly lifting with the jack, the bars will bend a little before lifting the back of the truck, which keeps the ball in the hitch.
- Hit a big pothole just right and the forces can be many times higher. The bars can bend 2-3 inches allowing the ball to drop far enough to come out.

So, far less likely with the WDH engaged but not impossible. Still silly not to put a pin thru the latch.

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Huntindog wrote:

Everyone that is locking thiers...

I assume you are all using WD?

If so try this the next time you are hitched up with WD engaged.
Open/unlatch the coupler. Then use your jack to try and lift it off of the ball.

It can't be done.



And, if just one thing fails on your WD system your trailer is free to pop right off the ball..

I fail to see a valid reason to not at least stick a pin through the lock hole on the coupler like this..

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A mere $1.38 to save you and other motorists from having a very bad day.. Heck it is the absolutely cheapest safety item you will ever find that you can buy..

Step up a couple of Dollars and you can get one with a tether chain like this..

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The chain when connected prevents you from accidentally losing it..

An actual lock on the coupler is not needed, a pin or bolt is sufficient and prevents the coupler lever from flipping to the open position..

If that coupler lever does flip up, your going to have a lot of slop/,movement between the ball and coupler.. The resulting movement would not be safe or fun each time you start and stop.

Myself, I do add a lock to the coupler lever, not to prevent the lever from flipping up while traveling but to prevent someone from playing games and unlocking the coupler or removing and taking my trailer if I am out of sight from it..

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