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Old 11-04-2019, 06:32 PM   #41
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:43 PM   #42
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I painted my hitch jaws WHITE so I can see if they are closed all the way. Even in day light it's hard to see , but now it's easy to see.
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 AM   #43
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That's a good idea. I watched a Reese video on hitching up and its obvious I High Hitched. When you're hitching up DO NOT BE DISTRACTED!!! I thought I did everything right but in hind sight I came in high and when I heard the hitch arm go in I thought I was good. It's a testament to Reese that I could go 533 miles high hitched and get home safely.
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Old Yesterday, 09:24 AM   #44
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That's a good idea. I watched a Reese video on hitching up and its obvious I High Hitched. When you're hitching up DO NOT BE DISTRACTED!!! I thought I did everything right but in hind sight I came in high and when I heard the hitch arm go in I thought I was good. It's a testament to Reese that I could go 533 miles high hitched and get home safely.
You are not alone. There have been a number of postings over the years about people realizing they had high hitched without realizing it. When someone says they raise their trailer so that the pin box is higher than the hitch plate when hooking up I have to wonder if they are on the verge of high hitching. The bottom of the pin box plate should be no higher than the top of the hitch plate, and preferably slightly lower, when hooking up to ensure it latches properly. If the pin box rides up on the hitch plate there is virtually no chance of a high hitch. And when unhooking, there is no reason to raise the trailer until you can see a gap between the pin box plate and the hitch plate. You are likely then putting an upward force on the hitch latch mechanism by the pin pulling up from the bottom.

It would be almost impossible for the king pin to pull out of the latched wrap around jaw without visible damage to the hitch jaw, the pin, or both. Probably the same with the clam shell type hitch.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 AM   #45
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Back in the late 60s I drove truck servicing the 13 western states. I high
hitched a 40 foot flat bed with a load of building trusses. Drove it from Chino Ca to Los Angeles in morning traffic. Not all that far maybe 50 or so miles. Didn’t notice a problem till one of the other drivers asked why is my trailer was leaning to one side? After checking the rig out I found the high hitch. Drop the landing gear and re hitched.

Problem was two things. We leased our tractors from Hertz so when a leased tractor was in for say oil change they would supply us with one of their fleet rentals. The fleet rental that last pulled this trailer had a taller stance than my tractor. Plus I was in a hurry and distracted and did not do a visual check on the hitch. I did a pull test and was surprised it did not disconnect then.

Learn something new every day ever sense then I always do a visual check plus a pull test.
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That's a good idea. I watched a Reese video on hitching up and its obvious I High Hitched. When you're hitching up DO NOT BE DISTRACTED!!! I thought I did everything right but in hind sight I came in high and when I heard the hitch arm go in I thought I was good. It's a testament to Reese that I could go 533 miles high hitched and get home safely.
More like a testament to enough pin weight to keep the fifth wheel from detaching. LOL
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