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Old 10-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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I have a frame hitch on my 1976 Ford F150 that was installed in 1976, used regularly, and is still in fine condition. Another on a 1972 brand X (before I parted ways with GM over their worthless warranties) that is still just fine, last time it was used a good while back. As previous posters have indicated, steel is steel, and as long as it is not damaged, either by distortion or rust, it will remain steel, with the same strength it had when new. The ball may wear out if not greased, but the hitch will be fine. Even balls are good for a long time - I have one that was purchased by my grandfather somewhere in the 1940's that I still use with no problem.

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Old 10-12-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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Lots of things that can go wrong with a tow, but agree a hitch system doesn't age by itself. Had an incident when a trailer popped off an undersized ball and one where the driver failed to lock the trailer to the ball. Sorry to hear the bad story on this one, but for sure it wasn't an aged hitch problem.

Have to admit a mistake I made years ago when I pulled my runabout for the first time. Hooked it up using the 1-7/8" ball I used with my first pop-up. Got away with it [short tow] but it could have been a disaster. Always verify the required ball required by a new tow.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:28 AM   #13
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Never heard of a hitch Aging out. I do crawl underneath the TV once a years or so and take at look at the fasteners.
Last time out I pulled over like I always do about 4 or 5 miles in just to check things over,and discovered I had forgotten the keeper pin fir the ball lock.

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