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Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! #7042422
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My daughter stepped up on the ball to look in the back of the truck and said dad, it just broke! Rusted right through on the tube you slide into the receiver. Pretty scary since I just pulled my boat last Friday. Never ever seen this happen before. [Linked Image]


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042426
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Better check the rest of your vehicle too by the look of the reciever.
I put my hitch in a bucket of black oil between uses.Same with chains and other stuff thats prone to deterioration from rust between uses.

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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042438
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Need more salt on the roads!


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042439
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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042440
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Thats crazy that hitch looks old.

Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042442
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Originally Posted by dustytinner
My daughter stepped up on the ball to look in the back of the truck and said dad, it just broke! Rusted right through on the tube you slide into the receiver. Pretty scary since I just pulled my boat last Friday. Never ever seen this happen before. [Linked Image]

Scary. I saw a truck that wrecked while towing a 24 boat on a trailer due to the back end of the truck frame letting loose due to rusting out. Guess you should check your equipment every quarter of a decade or so.....

Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042452
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I need to get in the habit of pulling my hitch out after every use and greasing it like my grandfather did.

his hitch was always greased and wrapped in 2 plastic shopping bags and stowed away inside the vehicle

I left mine in on my van and when I wanted it out I hitched up to a tree with a strap pin out and it was so welded in by rust I could not yank it out, beat it with a sledge I could get it to go in 1/8 inch then yank back out 1/8 inch but never more , tried penetrating oil , just could not get it to budge out


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: Boco] #7042476
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Originally Posted by Boco
Better check the rest of your vehicle too by the look of the reciever.
I put my hitch in a bucket of black oil between uses.Same with chains and other stuff thats prone to deterioration from rust between uses.


You must not use your hitch very much lol.


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042480
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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: wildflights] #7042493
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Originally Posted by wildflights
Need more salt on the roads!

Yep! Can tell what state an outfit comes from in this country, by just looking at the rust from their outfits. No need for license plates. LOL


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I'm seeing lots of rusted out trailer hitches when doing state inspections.

Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042558
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Dang man you better check your frame and running gear too, that pickup might be about to fall apart, literally!


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042590
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Originally Posted by dustytinner
My daughter stepped up on the ball to look in the back of the truck and said dad, it just broke! Rusted right through on the tube you slide into the receiver. Pretty scary since I just pulled my boat last Friday. Never ever seen this happen before. [Linked Image]


You saved the ball and nut, of course?

Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: Boco] #7042659
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Originally Posted by Boco
Better check the rest of your vehicle too by the look of the reciever.
I put my hitch in a bucket of black oil between uses.Same with chains and other stuff thats prone to deterioration from rust between uses.



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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7042815
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Originally Posted by GREENCOUNTYPETE
I need to get in the habit of pulling my hitch out after every use and greasing it like my grandfather did.

his hitch was always greased and wrapped in 2 plastic shopping bags and stowed away inside the vehicle

I left mine in on my van and when I wanted it out I hitched up to a tree with a strap pin out and it was so welded in by rust I could not yank it out, beat it with a sledge I could get it to go in 1/8 inch then yank back out 1/8 inch but never more , tried penetrating oil , just could not get it to budge out

By law in Minnesota, you can not leave your receiver hitch in when not in use. New LEO in town decided to enforce it although no one removes it unless they're selling the vehicle or such. I guess if we follow the law, then we wouldn't have a problem taking it out when we need to.


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042925
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Pete tow a gravity box full of corn around the block that'll loosen it up
i've seen hitches that were made out of light gauge material 1/8th in maybe less that'll rust out along the weld pretty fast


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042934
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And one reason I crawl under my truck every fall and spray everything with either paint, fluid film or undercoating. And if you don't pull the hitch out before winter and lube it up, you'll never get it out.


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7042984
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Only way to get a rusted in insert like that one out is lots of heat. A torch with a big rosebud tip works miracles! Just be careful around gas tanks! If you do that once, you prolly will pull it out between uses next time.


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: Jurassic Park] #7042993
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Originally Posted by Jurassic Park
Originally Posted by Boco
Better check the rest of your vehicle too by the look of the reciever.
I put my hitch in a bucket of black oil between uses.Same with chains and other stuff thats prone to deterioration from rust between uses.


You must not use your hitch very much lol.

this ^^^^^


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Re: Oh Boy!!! Better check your hitch! [Re: dustytinner] #7043006
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Can you get the rest of the hitch out of the receiver? I bought a 2002 Chevy pickup and hitch was rusted into the receiver. I ended up cutting the receiver hitch off and replacing it so I switch them out.

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