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Recommend a locking draw bar pin

Old 03-22-2019, 12:53 PM
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I need to replace my draw bar pin, which I apparently didn't lock correctly and the head popped off on the highway. The pin stayed in place.

This one is I believe a Master brand one. I've had a few in the past, and over time the chrome plating goes away. They get more and more difficult to lock over time.

Anyone have a good one that they recommend? 2" drawbar, I believe it is a 5/8" pin.

In Amazon reviews I see the "TowWorks" brand, which has a barrel key and a back-up spring pin to keep it in place.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:12 PM
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Forget the brand name, but there is one that will key to your ignition key that works well. Locking head is red/black.

Essentially you buy it based on the brand of your truck, and it “programs” to your key the first time you use it, and is set from then on, with no keys to keep track of.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:42 PM
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I think they just get salt sprayed and all eventually suck. Mine is made by Fulton and have had it for years.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:55 PM
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The locking ones are useless IMO. I had one, lost the key, was concerned as I needed to change my hitch out. Put a pipe over it and pulled, off in about 2 seconds and barely required any force. Won't be using those any more...
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Forget the brand name, but there is one that will key to your ignition key that works well. Locking head is red/black.

Essentially you buy it based on the brand of your truck, and it “programs” to your key the first time you use it, and is set from then on, with no keys to keep track of.
Here ya go.

https://www.boltlock.com
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:03 AM
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Yep, I love these. I have the one for the latch on the trailer tongue and the hitch receiver pin. They are both keyed to the valet key that stores in my key fob, which makes it convenient.
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:32 AM
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For the most part I don't worry about it. At work we used to have locks but a guy lost the key and we needed a different size ball. A few swift kicks with my steel toe boot and it popped right off. Might have been a fluke but most of the time I just leave my junky old triple hitch in the back. If someone really wants a "well loved" hitch that is ugly as can be they can just have it.

I do have an anderson no sway hitch when my trailer is in the 9k+ range. It only stays in while towing so I don't worry about it too much either.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:32 AM
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It's not so much that they're going to steal your hitch as that they'll steal your whole damn trailer. They'll pull your hitch and stuff it in their 2 inch receiver and haul ass with your trailer and everything. Don't put it past people, it happens every day. You're only looking to make your rig more inconvenient to steal than the next guys, even if it's just a few hits with a hammer it's better than nothing.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:39 AM
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It's not so much that they're going to steal your hitch as that they'll steal your whole damn trailer. They'll pull your hitch and stuff it in their 2 inch receiver and haul ass with your trailer and everything. Don't put it past people, it happens every day. You're only looking to make your rig more inconvenient to steal than the next guys, even if it's just a few hits with a hammer it's better than nothing.

I guess thats fair, most of the time the trailers I have hooked up for more than a short pitt stop weigh enough and don't have a rolling jack (equipment and hay) that if they can move it enough to make that work I dont want to make them mad lol 800-1000 of tongue weight and a dropleg jack would be a real pain to move haha
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
It's not so much that they're going to steal your hitch as that they'll steal your whole damn trailer. They'll pull your hitch and stuff it in their 2 inch receiver and haul ass with your trailer and everything. Don't put it past people, it happens every day. You're only looking to make your rig more inconvenient to steal than the next guys, even if it's just a few hits with a hammer it's better than nothing.
What we're getting at is that the locking hitch pins do nothing to prevent your hitch (or hitch AND trailer) from being stolen. One guy said he kicked it with his steel toed boot. I just pried mine off with a breaker bar.
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:33 PM
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I’ve had several brands, all eventually failed. I’ve gone to a standard pin, makes flipping the draw bar a lot easier.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:30 AM
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Who'd have thought that a simple thing like a hitch pin could be so complicated. LOL.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:31 AM
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locks aren't to keep criminals at bay, they are to keep honest people honest.

a pin means anyone can walk by and take your hitch, I have an aluminum hitch that cost a bit of money, I lock it only to ensure it is going to be there when I part truck at the mall.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:43 AM
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Yeah I really don't get this debate. Do you leave the doors on your truck unlocked at the boat ramp too?
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:42 PM
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use a regular hitch pin but drill out the hole to take a padlock and put washers on it to make it hard for a bolt cutter to get around it.

the locking hitch pins break immediately with pressure from a pipe, they are totally worthless.
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