Locking Pin for Receiver Hitch

As some of you may know, I’ve had a locking pin and padlock on my receiver hitch/drop plate, generally to prevent any scallies from easily making off with close to £200’s worth of metal. However over the winter I’ve left the whole assembly attached to the vehicle, as it provides excellent protection against people going into the back of you (i.e. they try not to). The downside to this, is that when I came to remove it recently for the MOT (more to the point, I needed to remove it to get the pallet truck in to lift the toolbox out as the MOT place gets funny about it blocking the boot floor) I had a real struggle with the locking barrel as it had rusted up. Here’s a picture of the two locks:

Old Locks

Old Locks

Not only has the powder coat come loose, but they were both so rusty they were unusable. Now for the padlock, this is fair enough, I’d not put a weather resistant lock on, and with a bit of wiggling and a tap of the hammer it opened up, and it’ll probably be ok with a bit of cleaning and WD40. The pin lock however will not.

The pin lock I’d had on there was a trimax one, reccomended by Nick over @ Discovery2.co.uk but it’s not done too well. Anyway, with this in mind I ordered a new one a few weeks ago from eBay in the states, a Reese Stainless Steel lock *pack*. Cost me just under £25 (See this eBlag auction for it) delivered and it looks and seems very good quality. The lock is sleeved as it’s able to be reduced in size to suit a 1/2″ pin, but I@m using it at the full 5/8″ diameter as that’s what the hitch is designed for. Here it is on the bench before fitting to the vehicle:

Overview

Overview

The padlock that came with it is also cleverly adjustable with two locking points, one a bit taller than I’m using, and the flush closing fixing. It fit perfectly in the hole drilled in my locking pin for the other lock, and won’t suffer from the tendency of the old lock to rotate round and becoming hard to remove.

Here are some close ups while on the bench:

Pin Lock

Pin Lock

Plate Lock

Plate Lock

And here’s how it looks on the vehicle:

On Vehicle Uncapped

On Vehicle Uncapped

As you can see, the rubber cap pops off the pin lock to allow the key access. My only gripe here is the lack of a rubber boot for the padlock, so I’ll need to bodge something up, but it’s all made of stainless steel so should be a bit better! The locks are keyed alike as well for simplicity, and the pin-lock also has an o-ring on the other side of it’s locking mechanism that should prevent both sides of the lock from becoming full of salty water. All in a much better design IMHO.

 

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