Originally Posted by jcain
What was the orientation of the bend in the pin in relation to the hole? Ie: up, down, forward or reverse? I'm betting the bend was down from leveraging the wdh and it bouncing.
I highly doubt that, the way a hitch receiver fit is designed is so that faces of the receiver and hitch take the forces, not the pin, the only force the pin could possibly get force is forward and back, even still if you had a really loose fit receiver and a large pin that takes up all the hole rather than a loose fit, the bend would be up because the fulcrum of the receiver would force the ball side of the hitch down and the pin side up. Regardless the pin should never take any up or down force whatsoever.
Originally Posted by dbj216
I pull a 9000 pound camper trailer with one of these no sway, weight distrubuting hitches. My Super Duty has a V-5 receiver with a reducer sleeve getting me to the 2" square.
My Ford 5/8 diameter hitch bin is quite bent. I don't know exactly how this can happen. But I am worried it might break.
The Ford receiver has a .675 hole through and so does the reducer sleeve. The the reducer sleeve is a sloppy fit in the receiver.
I changed the bent Ford pin to a stainless steel one thinking it would be stronger, and so far after 1000 miles of towing, it has not bent.
I've got an 8500 pound truck towing a 9000 pound camper with a 5/8 diameter junk steel pin holding it all together. Not comforting.
Have any of you professional conventional trailer pullers ever experienced a bent hitch pin? And if so, what might be causing it?
9000 lbs really isnt a big load for the powerstroke so you shouldnt even come close to the bending force of the pin, id say you may have gotten a defective one or your getting A LOT of forward/backwards rock while towing