Tongue Receiver "pin"

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by jezter6, May 16, 2016.

  1. jezter6

    jezter6 New Member

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    When my trailer was delivered, the guy said I needed some sort of "pin" for my ball receiver lock-down thing (I don't know what to call it).


    He gave me a cotter pin looking thing and said it would work in a pinch, but that the pin I should get is more D-shaped that connected all the way around and back to itself so it wouldn't fall out. I didn't really understand since we didn't have any pictures or idea of what it was.


    Looking for it at Walmart and Online - everything I see has this really THICK bar, like 1/2" or something, which is way too big for what I think I'm supposed to have. The cotter pin thing looks no bigger than like 1/8" or so thick.


    Can anyone point me to what I need?
     
  2. Keith Hawkins

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    I would just go into anyplace that sells trailer hitches, hardware stores, Walmart, harbor freight (probably the cheapest) and grab one off the shelve. Should only be $3-$7 depending on what you get.

    Looking for the part with the Arrow pointing at it.
     

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    We have found them at the local hardware stores (Lowe's and True value), in the drawers of miscellaneous stuff. We actually have a locking coupler pin, as a deterrent for the opportunistic thief or vandal. It acts as a double-check for us too.
    http://www.amazon.com/CURT-25080-Coupler-Safety-Pin/dp/B001GN3H5A/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1463409688&sr=1-1&keywords=coupler+pin

    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-2847DAT-Stainless-Adjustable/dp/B001B0QBZ6/ref=sr_1_5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1463409659&sr=1-5&keywords=master+lock+coupler+lock
     
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    jezter6 New Member

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    Thanks!!

    When I looked at all those things the bar looked so much thicker than the cheap pin that was provided, but I didn't actually look at the PUP to see what size the hole might be.

    Every time I saw those, I thought they were to secure the ball into the hitch on the TV because they were so much beefier than what I had in hand. But the picture on that first link from kitphantom showed a picture of it in the right spot, so something like that must be right.

    Off to look further on the PUP to verify the hole.
     
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  6. Keith Hawkins

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    I lost one once - it will be the only one as well. When I got home and purchased a new Pin I immediately connect some aircraft cable to it and affixed it to the tongue. No more forgotten or lost pins for me.
     
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    Customer Well-Known Member

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    The part the ball goes into is called the 'coupler'.

    I have always used a padlock in the coupler latch. I have a set of three matching (one key) padlocks, one in the coupler and two on the roof latches.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    I use a coupler pin lock that I picked up at Walmart. That way I know the trailer is secured to the truck and the kids won't play with it when I'm not looking and lose the trailer off the ball driving down the highway.
     
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    I can't believe they gave you a 1/8" cotter pin! You are lucky your camper made it home. I support what others said, get the beefiest that will fit the hole in your coupler and pick a design that cannot work its way out or be left behind on the ground. This is definitely not an item to save money on!
     
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    When I first got my camper, I thought the pin was only to lock the camper from being stolen. I took three trips with no pin. I have a pin now.
     
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    Yikes!
     
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    I've got a separate lock for the coupler where the ball goes in. I just need something to keep that latch locked in while driving.

    Thanks all for the help. It's too rainy to go out and investigate the hole size today, but I will get something beefy that holds itself closed and hopefully can find a place to keep it mounted so I never lose it. Might not hurt to keep a spare in the toolkit though.
     
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    All good advice so far. I prefer one that locks, as well as a locking hitch pin in my hitch receiver. A couple years ago I discovered these by "Bolt"..... which key to my ignition key for my Ford truck.

    Hitch pin....

    http://www.amazon.com/BOLT-7025285-Trailer-Coupler-Lock/dp/B00KQPMYF8?ie=UTF8&keywords=bolt%20coupler%20lock&qid=1463506272&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

    The hole in my trailer coupler is big enough to take their padlock, so this is what I use on my camper

    http://www.amazon.com/BOLT-7018519-Padlock/dp/B005FNKFYS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463506586&sr=8-2&keywords=bolt+ford+lock

    This is the locking hitch pin I use. I have a couple.

    http://www.amazon.com/BOLT-7018447-Receiver-Lock/dp/B005FNKFZ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463506586&sr=8-1&keywords=bolt+ford+lock

    Now I don't need to worry about having a second set of keys with me.
     
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    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    A trip to Ace and picked up the thinnest padlock did it for me.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I have always use a plain old padlock.
     

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