Friday, May 26, 2017

Hitch

Day 18


Hitch Guide Rotated


7am - I'm concerned because the DuraSafe hitch guide has rotated [Link]. I don't understand how this rotation could have happened?

The installer did not use a torque wrench on the ball's nut. Could that be it?

Note: It is now 4pm. Below we have labeled the pics, Before and After.  About noon today, we went to a shop in the Town of Redway, and the ball to hitch relationship was corrected.

Before pic

After pic


8:30am - Reader Croft's comment
When I read Reader Croft's comment, I went out to take a look at the hitch again. That's when I noticed that the hitch guide's bracket does not appear to be installed correctly.

View the pic below. The bottom of the hitch ball is sort of hanging over the elongated hole in the hitch guide bracket. The hitch ball should be rotated so that the mating surface of the ball has maximum contact with the guide.

Before pic

After pic

September 8th, 2003 Flashback
This afternoon the Scampy RV Team visited the location at the South Fork Eel River where Tioga and George got stuck in the gravel. AND, spoiled Tioga's transmission. That was back in our first year RVing in 2003!

Click [Here] to read about that day in the life of MsTioga and her pal George.

Pic captured today of the road that Tioga and George 
travelled to get stuck on the Eel River gravel bar in 2003




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13 comments:

  1. Is your safety chain too short? It almost looks like the chain might be tight and pulling on the hitch when you make a very tight right turn. Just a thought.

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Your comment/question got me to look at the hitch again. The safety chain does not exert force on the ball.

      However, when I was out there, I noticed that mounting bracket for the hitch guide is NOT installed correctly!!

      I am going to go to a shop that has a torque wrench and have that mounting bracket moved to the proper position.

      Thank you sooooo much for leading me to perhaps figuring this out! 😊

      George


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  2. Who knows what the torque spec is for the nut?

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Hi Phil,

      I found [This] website which tells the torque spec.

      It 250 lbs torque on the nut.

      George 


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  4. George. If you use Chrome as your browser you can get an Extension called HoverZoom which makes looking at the pictures on your blog very nice. When your mouse moves over a picture it makes a zoomed image that's much larger than the image on the page.

    It's probably available for Firefox if you use that. I don't know about any others as Chrome seems the best to me.

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    1. Hi Don,

      Thank you for your suggestion! 😀

      George


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    2. Thanks Don, I just added it as well! Cool!

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  5. . . . . And NO grease on the ball. Have to grease it and the hitch or it may try to "unscrew" itself.

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  6. Just another note, the video https://youtu.be/dpHnd1iNXGA for the install and use of the guide. you need to carry a wrench to check/tighten the ball periodically.

    your friend,

    Florida Mike

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  7. The durasafe guide is made for a 1" shank on the ball. The Curt ball is only 3/4". I don't know what the hitch size is but I see a mismatch which will allow the ball to loosen and rotate. The above grease note is still valid.

    Your friend,

    Florida Mike

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    1. Hi Mike,

      Thank you for looking into this for me!

      I am of the opinion, that with the way that I've aligned the bottom of the ball to bridge the DuraSafe guide with maximum contact, that the ball will never loosen.

      The ball has been torqued to 400 lbs.

      Of course, time will tell.


      About greasing the ball: I agree with what you wrote. Also, it is necessary to cover the greasy ball when not hitched up to keep from ruining my pants!

      George

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