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Old 07-13-2018, 09:48 AM   #1
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Torque wrench

I brought my new truck home yesterday and the receiver is about 2" higher than the old truck so I'll have to slide the ball mount platform a couple holes down the hitch bar. Two bolts hold the platform to the bar and Reese says to torque those two bolts to 300 ft. lbs. I don't have a 300 lb. torque wrench and figured I would just pick one up locally but no place around me has one and I guess I'll have to order one. I have no problem with that, but we want to take the camper out for a short trip on Monday and I don't think I can have the wrench by then. Do you folks think I would be OK if I snug those two bolts up as tight as I can get them and then torque them when I get the wrench or am I playing with fire there?
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:55 AM   #2
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You should be fine, or try going to a rental company or a uhaul they will probably torque them up no charge.
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:48 AM   #3
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Any medium duty or heavy duty truck repair will be able to help you out. As mentioned U-haul installation shops. Even if the shop offers to do it for good will return the favor by handing the tech a crap $20. This is especially true if it is his torque wrench he paid a ton of money to make money. If you were in my area I would Be more than happy to do it free for members of JOF
Call your truck dealer see if they can do it this afternoon or tomorrow.
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Any hitch shop would be a good option.
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Thanks folks. I was just out in the driveway looking at the hitch thinking about how I'm going to get those bolts as tight as I can get them, and it occurred to me I don't have them off yet! That's going to be a struggle
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snip......Do you folks think I would be OK if I snug those two bolts up as tight as I can get them....snip
I agree, you should be fine.

.....or,

Tighten the Reese WDH ball mount 3/4 bolt/nuts to 150ft pounds with a 150ft pound torque wrench, then turn the "nut" an additional 1/4 turn with a breaker bar/socket will get you to 300ft pounds. Don't lubricate the bolt threads.

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That's going to be a struggle
I've used a 1/2" drive breaker bar with a pipe extension to loosen the nuts.

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If you are going camping on Monday, it is time to bite the bullet get some help either free or paid. Remember the old saying “day light is burning times awasteing”
Good luck and happy camping.
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If you are going camping on Monday, it is time to bite the bullet get some help either free or paid. Remember the old saying “day light is burning times awasteing”
Good luck and happy camping.

Oh I agree my friend. I'm about to head "downtown" to see what kind of tools I can find. There's three auto parts stores, a Tractor Supply, and a rental place. I'm bound to find something I can use for the time being. Push comes to shove I have a friend with every tool known to man - hate to impose though.
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I had the same dilemma when we bought a new truck also.

My solution was to tighten it as much as i could with a normal wrench, use my 150lb torque wrench to get it that far. Then, took an 18" breaker bar and put my weight on it. 1.5 feet x 210 will get you 315lb/ft of torque. Because you likely won't be able to get ALL of your weight on the end of the breaker bar, you'll get as close to 300lb/ft without using specialty equipment or going to a shop.

I also put on some Loctite Blue to keep it in place unless I want it removed. Keep in mind, if you get the wrong Loctite, you won't be getting them loose easily. Loctite Blue is removable.

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This was my solution and the amount of risk I am willing to take. If you want to be within your equipment specs, please go to a shop that will torque it for you.
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