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Horsedoc

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Posted: 12/05/22 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Loaned my Ram 1500 to a relative the other day and upon return the insert from the hitch was in the bed but the pin was missing. I had a pin with a hole that a clip key slid into. I was pretty sure this would not come out as it was hard to pull w/o pliers. Not a big deal to replace but I needed to use the truck. Local hardware and the only thing he had was a Reese pin with a groove around the end that the hairpin style clip fits around. Is on style safer than the other? Just seems like the clip through the pin would be less likely to come out. Am I worried for no reason?

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Posted: 12/05/22 08:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All the ones I have ever used had the groove around the pin and never had one come loose or come off after many miles of towing various trailers.

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Posted: 12/05/22 08:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The pin on my Dad's truck has the groove, and it's one of the hardest pins to get the clip on and off of. I'd say it's as secure as any other.


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Posted: 12/05/22 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tend to lose pins and clips at a 1 x per year basis since I set it down ("I'll remember that location") and then walk away or drop it in the snow or something similar. My "fleet" (4 vehicles, 3 UTV/ATV, all with receiver hitches of one size or the other) was equipped with the Reese pins with grove. As I lose them, I'm replacing with the style the OP mentioned in his post.

I've never had either style clip or pin come out without an external (i.e. me) influence.


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I've used both and never had either one lose the clip. The grooved one was easier for me because I didn't have worry about the orientation of the clip hole when putting the pin in.

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Not an issue OP.


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You need a straight pin without the curved end. Problem is the curved end will cause an egg shaped hole in the receiver. This has been discussed thoroughly on the TDR.


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Posted: 12/06/22 12:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not that I would ever recommend going without the retaining clip, reality is the pin is very unlikely to come out even without the retaining clip. The clip should never be under any significant stress.

I've had both and never had one come off. If it was an issue, you could expect there to have been lawsuits and an unsuitable design would have long ago left the market.


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They make them with a built in retainer as in the link

Can't lose the pin clicky


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Posted: 12/06/22 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bucky wrote:

They make them with a built in retainer as in the link

Can't lose the pin clicky


Those don't work well in this climate. A little salt and rain, and they seize up.

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