Ain't Supposed to Happen

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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:02 am

True Grit Farms wrote:It doesn't matter where it's made as long as it's made right. A solid shank with the ball welded is the best hitch. I'm not a big fan on bolting things together when it comes to hitches and balls.


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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby jltrent » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:19 am

These are hard to beat. You have a ball for everything and solid shank.

https://www.harborfreight.com/triple-ba ... 61914.html
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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby Silver » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:33 am

ohiosteve wrote:
greybeard wrote:
ohiosteve wrote:That sure could have ended badly. The way that hitch is milled down to recess the ball must have made the hitch a little to thin. Seems like a design flaw. I'm glad no one got hurt.

The shallow (1/8" ? ) depth of that stamping or milling shouldn't have been enough to weaken it to the point of complete failure. There's more to it than just the absence of thickness in that area.
IF, the hole for the ball stud was punched instead of drilled, it could weakened it enough, but seems like every one they built that way would have failed.

If I take a piece of flat stock and drill an hole in the middle of it and then try to bend it, it will bend at the hole every time. If I grind each side of the hole it will bend at the hole even easier. That's all I'm saying.


But if you put a bolt through that holes and snugged a nut up tight it would now be the strongest part of that flat stock.
Which makes me wonder: had the ball come loose?
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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:55 am

jltrent wrote:These are hard to beat. You have a ball for everything and solid shank.

https://www.harborfreight.com/triple-ba ... 61914.html


Those are good but sometimes depending on truck height if you try to level the trailer you need drop or rise and those sometimes don't do it.
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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby ohiosteve » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:14 am

Silver wrote:
ohiosteve wrote:
greybeard wrote:The shallow (1/8" ? ) depth of that stamping or milling shouldn't have been enough to weaken it to the point of complete failure. There's more to it than just the absence of thickness in that area.
IF, the hole for the ball stud was punched instead of drilled, it could weakened it enough, but seems like every one they built that way would have failed.

If I take a piece of flat stock and drill an hole in the middle of it and then try to bend it, it will bend at the hole every time. If I grind each side of the hole it will bend at the hole even easier. That's all I'm saying.


But if you put a bolt through that holes and snugged a nut up tight it would now be the strongest part of that flat stock.
Which makes me wonder: had the ball come loose?

Great point
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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby JMJ Farms » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:32 am

More than likely it was a combination of several factors.
1) tongue weight could have exceeded hitch rating.
2) may have been a cheap hitch
3) and most likely is that those adapters that adapt a 2” hitch to a 2.5” or 3” receiver have play in them which allows the hitch to bounce up and down too much. Adds extra stress.

Combine several small failures and you could have a big failure. Good safety chains on that trailer though.
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Re: Ain't Supposed to Happen

Postby Nesikep » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:26 am

By some coincidence, this just came up in my facebook feed.. looks like this isn't the only occurrence.. I'd find out the manufacturer on that ASAP! This warrants a recall.
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