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    Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    I put a locked hitch receiver pin on my truck before the winter. I was lazy and left it on the truck. It has a "weather cap", but at some point the cap came loose and dirt/mud/sand/snow got into the lock. Now I can't get the key into the lock to open it.

    This is the pin/lock setup Model No. 2848DAT | Master Lock

    Suggestions on how to remove it? Take an angle grinder/cutter to the pin? To the Lock? Something else I haven't considered?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by noxin View Post
    I put a locked hitch receiver pin on my truck before the winter. I was lazy and left it on the truck. It has a "weather cap", but at some point the cap came loose and dirt/mud/sand/snow got into the lock. Now I can't get the key into the lock to open it.

    This is the pin/lock setup Model No. 2848DAT | Master Lock

    Suggestions on how to remove it? Take an angle grinder/cutter to the pin? To the Lock? Something else I haven't considered?

    Thanks!

    (mods: if there's a better place for this thread, please move as appropriate)
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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Yeah, I'm not planning on saving it unless I can get the key in.

    I might try and cut the lock side off first.

    Just wanted to make sure I wasn't being batshit crazy

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Angle grinder.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    these random lock picking/breaking/drilling vids have been poping up on my youtube page recently, it appears for your application a section of pipe will be SUPER easy:



    top vid should work, this one just shows easiest spot to cut.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    hahaha, here I thought I read it was a hardened steel pin. I'll need to get a section of pipe and see if I can just break it off.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Hardened just means it will snap instead of bend.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Did that genius move as well. Nothing a $14.99 harbor freight grinder can’t fix in a few.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Or, you can use my plan: Start with a similar locking pin... leave said pin in for a couple years. Tada, absolute theft deterent as the pin is now rust-welded to the hitch and will NOT come out. I can take the lock off, but there is no moving the pin. I lifted the rear of my truck by that pin trying to rotate it with a jack.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    Or, you can use my plan: Start with a similar locking pin... leave said pin in for a couple years. Tada, absolute theft deterent as the pin is now rust-welded to the hitch and will NOT come out. I can take the lock off, but there is no moving the pin. I lifted the rear of my truck by that pin trying to rotate it with a jack.
    If I didn't need a different size ball to move the "other" trailer, I would just leave it. Hell, I even thought about putting a larger receiver on the small trailer to make it easier.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by noxin View Post
    If I didn't need a different size ball to move the "other" trailer, I would just leave it. Hell, I even thought about putting a larger receiver on the small trailer to make it easier.
    Just get one of the quick change ball setups.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    So how do you secure a trailer to a car effectively? Big-Ass chain?

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    I've seen people lock the safety chain to the reciever. If someone wants it, they'll get it. Knew a guy in Fla that had the locking pins on his hitch and trailer. The thieves simply unbolted the ball and probably dropped it into a different receiver.
    When vacationing with our boat, I put a snake chain through the wheels and locked it. Not a perfect solution but would take a little time to get the trailer.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    Or, you can use my plan: Start with a similar locking pin... leave said pin in for a couple years. Tada, absolute theft deterent as the pin is now rust-welded to the hitch and will NOT come out. I can take the lock off, but there is no moving the pin. I lifted the rear of my truck by that pin trying to rotate it with a jack.
    Ha! I have a draw bar that it so rusted into my dad's old minivan that I pulled(hammered) the pin out, chocked all four wheels on the fully loaded tire trailer, and tried to pull the draw bar out that way...only to roll the trailer up and over the chocks...

    Quote Originally Posted by noxin View Post
    If I didn't need a different size ball to move the "other" trailer, I would just leave it. Hell, I even thought about putting a larger receiver on the small trailer to make it easier.
    ...so now I'm doing this, and putting a 1-7/8" coupler on my little HF trailer so that everything uses and has a 2" ball.

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    Re: Hitch Receiver Pin Help!

    So, the pipe trick worked in about .... 3 seconds It's absolutely stunning! Really drives home that these types of products simply deter those not determined to take someone else's crap.

    Thanks for everyone who provided feedback.

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