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post #1 of 12 Old 11-05-2011, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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CHECK YOUR HITCH!!!!!

Yesterday i was hauling some wood on my trailer for a friend and i pulled into his yard and heard a loud bang and the rear of my truck bounced. when i got out to see what the heck happened i noticed the tounge of the trailer on the ground still attached to my ball! I was extremely luck that it happened here since the only other place it could have happened that day was the 30 miles of freeway i just got off of. So that being said CHECK YOUR HITCHES!! and be safe out there.




This happened on both sides. Identical break points. scary thing is it was only about 2500 to 3000 pounds


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Rust?
I hate that they put Class III hitches on a truck rated for more.



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yeh class V is the only way to go. Thicker too so it handles more rust.

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suprisingly it didnt look to bad on the rust. no holes or major dings. it looked more like surface rust then anything

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That's gotta make you wonder what the previous owner did to the truck...

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The side plates look really thin. It's very odd for a hitch to break in the middle. Normally they break at a weld or bend. Like you said, your extremely lucky and thanks for the reminder.

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Yeah I dont know why these trucks come with such light hitches. I was going to tow a car trailer last week so I decided to check my hitch. Trailer and car were about 6500 lbs. but the hitch isnt rated for that. At least now you can replace your hitch with a better one.
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Yeah I dont know why these trucks come with such light hitches. I was going to tow a car trailer last week so I decided to check my hitch. Trailer and car were about 6500 lbs. but the hitch isnt rated for that. At least now you can replace your hitch with a better one.
I pulled a travel trailer back to auction for my boss and it weighed probably about that much too. Not much over limit but it still was.



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i was towing a trailer on 695 around baltimore in the company truck and herd a band when i went over a bump and thought that it just botomed out on the tounge cause it was very tounge heavy.... didnt think much of it untill i heard it again and pulled over. then i got out and checked. it has snapped the rear 2bolts attaching the reciver to the frame right off and the whole reciver was bent down.

so to get it home i shoved 2 new bolts back in it till i got back. ripped the reciver off, put a new one with all new grade 8 (not the orginal grade 5) bolts. hopefully that desnt happen agian

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Man glad you were ok. Makes me wonder if it had been weakened in a accident, maybe? I agree class V is the way to go. Glad you made it home ok.

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