That had to have been a serious decel and no trailer brakes..... would be curious to see the articles and or pictures... Haven't seen anything... How long ago?I looked at the Anderson, but found a few accounts of them folding up under extreme deceleration. I went with the all steel version built by Pullrite. ( model#1261-1 for rail mount- 52 LBS ) and model #2600 ( 64 LBS ) that I got that attaches to the gooseneck ball.
Just bent one just like it. I need to get a pic of it. They are rated to Class 5 (which is the hitch platform that i just installed on the truck to replace the factory hitch). The pins are the correct diameter. Last I knew, there is only two pin sizes. The smaller one is for a Class 2. Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 all use the same diameter. 1/2 or 5/8”, I think? I’ve have been towing things since I was 18 (just turned 43) and I’ve never bent one until I started using this Reese WD setup. Our first travel trailer was only 500-550 lbs of tongue weight. I don’t remember bending one with that trailer. Our last two trailers have been 700-900 lbs of tongue weight. I’m using 1200 lb rated torsion bars correctly set. 🤷🏻♂️
It’s been multiple trucks and multiple pins. As far as which way they are bending that’s a good question because silly me, I’ve never marked the pins orientation to the hitch before pulling it out.Thats quite strange to bend one like that. Can you tell if its vent due to vertical load, or is it bent from horizontal load, and from which direction? Wonder if braking loads are killing the pin?
Almost sounds like the receiver and hitch are wrong size for each other. Any pics of the setup?
Check out that forum. Someone stated they were having issues with the sleeve causing it to bend pins.
This hitch shank has never fit either of my past two trucks hitches “tight”. It certainly has some play.When you get a pic, see if you can get one of the hitch and the receiver and the play around it. Wondering if you got on off spec receiver tube or something.
Also check the up/down and side to side play.
Marking a hitch pin is a crap shoot. I think they turn in the hole, but if you mark it when you put it in, and then check the mark when you pull it will let you know if its walking around in the hole.
Is this a new WDH? or just a new receiver on the truck?
Looking at your pics, it almost appears as if the pin is wearing excessively or getting ready to shear.Finally remembered to snap a couple of pictures of my bent hitch pin. 300 miles on this one. Claimed that it can be used in class 3, 4 and 5 hitches. I had one regular and two other locking (both of those were Master stainless) pins pretty similar to this. Buddy of mine that’s been an RV tech for 25 years says he’s never seen this with just normal WD hitch use. Guess I’ll buy a box of plain pins from etrailer and just swap them out after each trip. 🤦🏻♂️ View attachment 1077372 View attachment 1077373