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This guy had exactly the same problem with his pin box cracking. Make sure to look for stress cracks in the frame of the RV surrounding the pin box.

http://daily-blog.rv-boondocking-the-good-life.com/2011/10/beginning-failure-of-fifth-wheel-pin.html

We've had to have mobile welding done on our frame. Thankfully that is a job that can be done on site.

We had shackle brackets crack way up in Prince Rupert BC and just by fluke our campsite neighbor had his mobile wedding truck parked right next to us!! Cost us a case of beer!

Enjoy your rally!

Howard,

I thought that you had that pin box repaired a while ago? Or perhaps I was thinking of some other blogger's rig?

Good grief!

Oh well, you know what RV stands for, don't you? Repair Vehicle.

Our Motor Home stands for More Headaches! Just finished replacing the drain pump on the Splendide Combo, reattached some free standing furniture together again, fixed the slide out awning on one of our slideouts (again) and now off to repair the rear furnace and water heater! Always something comes up to remind ourselves not to take anything for granted.

Hope your nice weather continues.

~cheers

About two years ago I read a RV blog post from a fifth wheel full time couple who felt their coach getting swishey as they approached an RV park. They got in and setup but could not unhook. They saw that their pin box was tilted sideways from their coach. They called the manufacturer and were told it's out of warranty, your weld is broken, you will have to take the front cap of and have a welder repair it.After some planing they did that with helpers from the park and made their coach road worthy. The wife was taking pictures and wrote the blog post about it showing and talking about the whole process. I imagine that the blog post is still there on the internet. Find it and it will show you what is ahead of you including how to get the front cap off...a lot of helpers carrying it to the side.

David Mason

Howard, just a suggestion here ... you've mentioned that you might invest in a cushioning hitch one day. Maybe that day has come. The constant pounding the pin box takes can be significantly reduced by a cushioning hitch. I have a Hensley which uses air bags. The down side to air bags is that they can leak, will require occasional pump up and the Hensley products require grease as a routine maintenance item. I'm going to swap out my Hensley for a Comfort Ride hitch. Same cushioning concept, but they do it with foam cells which don't require air and will not deteriorate with exposure to UV rays. Another side benefit is that they don't need grease. Basically a maintenance free hitch. Finally, they are a little less expensive than the Hensley Trailer Savers. Of course this doesn't fix your pin box, but may prevent it from happening in the future. Hope your end cap doesn't have to come off to get the welding done. You've had great service from that pin box ... 12 years? I know you feel fortunate to have found it when you did instead of it failing while in motion. Good luck, I'm sure you'll let us know how the repair will go. Thanks for openly sharing you life and journey with all of us. Best Regards.

That's why i'm glad we have the trailerair hitch pin. Less impact stress on the whole hitch area.

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