RVs are big (BIG) machines with all kinds of components to keep an eye on and maintain. Sometimes little things turn up that can cause a catastrophe if they fail, and you know how that Murphy guys likes to exploit those little things.
I found something new and have added it to my maintenance list. I found it quite by accident.
As you know we currently are GAFHing in Corey and Amanda’s driveway. It is plenty big for the Journey to fit, but sometimes a little extra room for cars is a good thing. I removed my Roadmaster tow bar to make about 3 1/2 more feet of room behind the Journey.
I put the tow bar under the Journey and went to screw my locking pin back in so I wouldn’t lose it (we’re still looking for the new filter for our vacuum cleaner that has disappeared somewhere inside the Journey we bought weeks ago).
I noticed a little rust on the pin so I took a closer look and found this:
You can see wear marks on the pin. Now the pin is a case hardened, very strong piece of metal, able to withstand enormous pressure and stresses. What I don’t know is how deep into the pin’s metal the hardening is. Potentially it could crack and break off, letting the tow bar slide out while attached to the Element toad. It’s not a good thing to have your toad pass you on the highway…
Actually, we have an Air Force 1 toad braking system so if that happened, the car would come to a stop. But who needs that hassle?
The pin doesn’t cost much, something like $10-12 at Walmart or $14 at Camping World. I’ll be replacing that pin soon, depending which store has one in stock. In fact, I’ll pick up a spare and hope I can find it when I need it. :cO
The wear pattern on the pin made me take a close look at the tow hitch. The hole on the tow hitch doesn’t show any real wear, I inserted the pin the other way and there was minimal wear.
While I was at it, I took a good look at all the hitch mounting bolts, too.
They all checked out good. One less thing for Mr. Murphy to exploit. :c)
I think I’ll inspect the pin twice a year and maybe even replace it annually. Just because.
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