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JWA 09-10-2019 05:05 AM

Key Lockable Hitch Pins?
 
I've crafted a rear step for my work van using Reese hitch parts along with some homebuilt tubes, all connected and held to the frame with usual hitch pins. The idea to make this step removable is ease of towing when/if I need to be towed by anything other than a flat bed or roll back truck. With the raised roof were this van to be hauled on a roll back there could be bridge clearance issues.

I doubt someone would steal this step but one never knows so I'm thinking to add key locking hitch pins. Anyone here used them and to what success--or failure? Since its unlikely I'll need to remove these ever I'm looking for the best quality with a strong locking mechanism and certainly some sort of weather protective cap or cover.

So whatcha got? :)

TIA

BroncoHauler 09-10-2019 07:54 AM

I use two keyed-alike locking hitch pins. Keyed-alike is great if for no other reason than one less key to carry/lose. No issues, other than the strap holding the rubber dust cover tore. I've been using these two hitch pins for 8-10 years.


I can't remember the brand off the top of my head, but I can check when I get home.




Herb

carringb 09-10-2019 07:59 AM

For something like this, where you aren't routinely removing it, I'd just go with some bolts, anti-seize and Ny-locks.

Keeping keyed pins outside full time without regular use, you're likely to find the seized up come time to unlock them.

I doubt anybody would steel the step, but for some reason, hitch pins do walk away shockingly often.

shenrie 09-10-2019 08:19 AM

I have a set of locking hitch pins to lock my spare tire to my aluminess swingaway and my winch caddy to the receiver. Carringb is correct about rust, but I lube both of mine each tire rotation and haven’t had any issues yet. Plus the ones I ended up with have rubber caps that help keep dirt out of the lock mechanism.

They aren’t bulletproof, but they are enough to keep the lazy thieves at bay. Someone motivated could make their way around them, but not without setting off the alarm.

shadetreevanman 09-10-2019 09:56 AM

I use the Bolt hitch pin, which I like because it uses the Ford key I already carry.

TheLetterJ 09-10-2019 10:42 AM

I hate having a zillion different keys, so I use a hitch pin that allows me to run a regular pad lock through it. That lets me use the same key as a bunch of other locks that I have.

boywonder 09-10-2019 02:06 PM

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...cture41379.jpg


..works fine....

Fork-N-Road 09-10-2019 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by shadetreevanman (Post 259972)
I use the Bolt hitch pin, which I like because it uses the Ford key I already carry.

x2

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=BOLT+7018447&ref=nb_sb_noss

Very nice not having to carry separate key, I just wish their other stuff (bike locks, etc) were priced a little better.

Otter 09-10-2019 02:19 PM

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Iíve had many kinds over the years and a lot of them are junk. I started buying these a couple of years ago and think theyíre the best. You can buy them keyed alike. Iíve even bought some later and they keyed the new ones alike for me, too. ETrailer has great customer service.

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Locks...er/e98880.html

Twoxentrix 09-10-2019 03:20 PM

I chose a locking Hitch Pin with the cable - Cable comes in handy to secure items of concern in our absence. Will also confirm that periodic maintenance and a dust cover are solid advice. I had to cut one off because the key no longer moved the internal tumbler - I (as well as a locksmith) tried everything to loosen that thing up.
https://www.amazon.com/Master-Receiv...ateway&sr=8-23

BroncoHauler 09-10-2019 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Otter (Post 259987)
... ETrailer has great customer service...


That sure wasn't my experience. When I had a problem with a product I ordered from them within a week of receiving it, when I asked for an exchange they told me to contact the manufacturer for any warranty work.





Herb

JWA 09-11-2019 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by carringb (Post 259966)
For something like this, where you aren't routinely removing it, I'd just go with some bolts, anti-seize and Ny-locks.

Keeping keyed pins outside full time without regular use, you're likely to find the seized up come time to unlock them.

I doubt anybody would steel the step, but for some reason, hitch pins do walk away shockingly often.

The bolts and some sort of locking nut(s) was my first thought as well. :d5: As we also agree there's little chance of someone stealing the step assembly but even so I'd like to at least be able to slow potential miscreants down a bit. :)

I like the B.O.L.T. stuff---would be very handy NOT keeping extra keys. Since I already hide an extra key on the frame I'd always have one. FWIW that's interesting the key learning feature works. If I go that route I'll find a why albeit messy to keep as much moisture as I can out of the lock cylinder, perhaps pack as much grease inside before placing the cover. Perhaps bit wrap or two of Gorilla Tape? :)

Even though I'm using a total of 4 hitch pins I could make do with only two. I've drilled and tapped 3/8-16 holes in the frame mounted receiver and another element which serve to stop the whole mess of tubes from rattling while driving. Along with jam nuts that's a fairly solid step at this moment---no rattles and very firm feeling under the feet. For the most part simply pulling the hitch pins doesn't let any part come easily loose so that's an added benefit in my mind.

Thanks guys---I've got this one mostly sorted and will report back if there's any interest in the B.O.L.T. locking hitch pins. :d5:

shenrie 09-11-2019 09:15 AM

That bolt setup is really cool. Wouldn’t work for my spare but would work for the other applications. Thanks for the info shadetree!

twotimer 09-15-2019 11:56 AM

Bolt
 
I use the BOLT system (hitch, pin and padlock) and I am satisfied. It really is nice to use one key for many different types of locks.

mkkbven 09-15-2019 12:54 PM

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I use a padlockable clevis pin and I have several padlocks that are keyed alike. Cheap and effective.

JWA 09-16-2019 05:01 AM

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Originally Posted by mkkbven (Post 260293)
I use a padlockable clevis pin and I have several padlocks that are keyed alike. Cheap and effective.

That is cheap enough but as the lock would be constantly exposed to road muck I'd be concerned it would rust or corrode in place and not be removable should that ever be necessary.

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Originally Posted by twotimer (Post 260284)
I use the BOLT system (hitch, pin and padlock) and I am satisfied. It really is nice to use one key for many different types of locks.

How do you keep the key cylinder(s) of the BOLT stuff free of debris or rust-free? Most likely I'll use those but will also devise a way to keep the cylinder as dry as possible. Some sort of heavy plastic bag covering the lock and then cable tied to the hitch pin---easily ripped apart if necessary.

FloridaNative 09-16-2019 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by carringb (Post 259966)
For something like this, where you aren't routinely removing it, I'd just go with some bolts, anti-seize and Ny-locks.

Keeping keyed pins outside full time without regular use, you're likely to find the seized up come time to unlock them.

This. You might even be able to find a "security" head bolt in the correct size.

-Mike

Kirk B 09-18-2019 03:38 PM

I mounted some sand ladders to the side of my Jeep overland rig. I used some cheap Harbor Freight hitch pins to keep them from walking away (bolted through the ladders and mounts). So they are outside and have been exposed to the elements for six years - no problems, still work great. I happened to have some spare batteries for some Stinger flashlights that had a yellow, rubber protective cover on them. Those covers fit over the end of the hitch pins and protect the locking mechanism. I just spray them with WD-40 every year to keep them protected...

JWA 09-19-2019 05:04 AM

Once I have the BOLT's in place I'll try remembering to check them for operation from time-to-time. I'm kinda convincing myself if I pack the cylinders with maybe a marine-type silicone grease and keep a plastic bag around them they should remain usable even if rarely removed.

Thanks guys---been a big help! Next up is how or can I stow my Hummer H1 scissor jack above the under body rear spare tire? :)


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