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tarnold

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Posted: 09/10/20 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go to tractor supply and buy D handle pin hitch pin with hole already drilled, makes it very easy to remove if you have too. Then use a pad lock to secure

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tarnold wrote:

Go to tractor supply and buy D handle pin hitch pin with hole already drilled, makes it very easy to remove if you have too. Then use a pad lock to secure

That sounds like a good idea. I've already bought the locking pin and I've used it for about 10 days on the road now with no problems. I understand now that the load is on the pin so the lock doesn't have to pull all that weight and I feel more at ease with it now.





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tarnold wrote:

Go to tractor supply and buy D handle pin hitch pin with hole already drilled, makes it very easy to remove if you have too. Then use a pad lock to secure


FWIW, the D handle hitch pins don’t work with all receivers. But they are handy. No pun intended! Lol


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We towed for the first time over the first week of September, covering about 1100 miles across northern Oregon.

Here's how I tied down the lynch pins:

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I left the crossbar in place for our outings with Snowball (the GMC Canyon), and other than a rattle while on rough gravel roads, it did fine:

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Another thing that helps stop the rattles and keeps sticky fingers from grabbing things is this hitch clamp:
(Not properly tightened in this image; the bolts usually protrude the tops of the nylocks by a thread or two)

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Granted, anyone who is intent on taking the setup can grab an adjustable wrench, but hey, we're talking about keeping honest folks honest...
I have a locking pin for the hitch as well, which stayed in place over the entire trip as the Roadmaster Falcon 2 is a MH mounted drawbar.


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I really don’t like those “flip ring” hinge pins. I have 3 tractors and buy those things by the handful at tractor supply. Over time those rings will pull loose. On the tractor, not much of a problem when the bush hog slips a pin. Going down the road with a toad?

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I agree, which is one of two reasons why I bound the lynch pins with cable ties.
The Roadmaster kit has 2 padlocks, but the shank size is almost half the thickness of the lynch pins, so I didn't feel comfortable using them on the top of the crossbar. Those really need to be large enough to fill the hole, and hard enough to withstand the upward pressure of the crossbar.

I have a Kubota as well, and I've bent those lynchpins as well as lost a couple. Like you, tarnold, I don't think these are the correct fastener for a towbar.

Our towbar is level between the toad and MH, but upon returning from our 1100 mile trip, I found the washers that I used to take up the space between the lynch pins and the top of the crossbar had warn completely through the labels and well into the paint. That tells me there's lots of upward force on those two pins. Roadmaster should have put holes/pins in all four positions, not just the upper two, or they should have been threaded & bolted to the brackets.

Perhaps a couple of grade 8 bolts with nylocks in place of the lynch pins?
On this trip, we determined there was no need to remove the crossbar, so having something that is a tad more permanent during the entire trip makes sense to me.

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Posted: 09/27/20 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I currently use the the locking pin you picture.
Many miles of use with no problems.
At the height of my paranoia I tack welded everything together.
Never lost anything either way.


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