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Old 10-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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So....we are on our last trip of the season and are with a few other friends. Last night around the campfire, it was mentioned the one of our friends "has to replace his hitch". He was told that hitches should be replaced every 7-10 years. I just started to laugh. Really? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? I Googled it and nothing. I think my friend was misinformed. I've never heard anything like that in my life. Now...after an accident being struck from behind or if its severely rusted then OK. To clarify this...it is the receiver....not the ball.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:39 PM   #2
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Never heard of it either, unless it's been wrecked or tweaked one way or another.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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I have never heard of that either. I guess I learn something new every day.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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Nope, never heard of it.
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Replacing a hitch on a TV

Your friend must have been mis informed.
Unless a hitch is compromised in some way from an accident or severe rust it should not have to be replaced.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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Your friend must have been mis informed.
Unless a hitch is compromised in some way from an accident or severe rust it should not have to be replaced.
I concur. Ask your friend if he changes the air in his tires every 50,000 miles as you are supposed to. After a certain number of heat/cool cycles it loses its compressability and must be changed.
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Perhaps this nasty rumor was started by someone selling or manufacturing hitches. That would really help business. You know how things work. If someone says something enough times it will become true.
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I concur. Ask your friend if he changes the air in his tires every 50,000 miles as you are supposed to. After a certain number of heat/cool cycles it loses its compressability and must be changed.
With winter coming, ask your friend if he puts winter air into his tires. Perhaps ask about when was the last time he added blinker fluid.
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Replacing a hitch on a TV

I just saw a hitch replaced that needed it. It had cracked welds. It was an Oem hitch on a 1 ton dura max.

It had towed a toy hauler or an open car hauler probably 40-50k miles. Never overloaded but more dirt roads than we see. Supported off road race cars from here (Wa) all the way to Baja.

He noticed some clanging noises and added a clamp thing to keep the hitch insert from moving in the receiver. After that didn't work he saw the cracked welds.

So they do wear out, but I don't think it's a calendar type thing. No accidents or any real rust either.
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Well after some friendly jabbing and more laughing I got to the root of his concerns. Seems as though one of his in laws was killed some years ago by someone driving in front of his car towing an RV out in New Mexico. He was told the hitch was worn out and fell apart. The RV flipped and his in law tried to avoid it and was killed. I felt terrible hearing this story.

Although I'm not sure he got all the details of the accident, I assured him there wasn't a need to replace his hitch as often as he does. I'm sure there is more to this story....overloading......blowout...etc.

My advice to him was just to have it inspected every year and save his money. No more discussions about this subject came up about it again. Wow! I feel bad for laughing at him.
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