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Using Locking Pin for Older Reese Round Tube 5th Wheel Slider 50024

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I have a Reese Titan 16K hitch with the round tube slider 50024 All of the info I am seeing including the addendum to the installation instructions that you folks in included in a response to another question, speaks of or shows a pin to lock the handle in the tow or maneuver position. I could not recall seeing such a pin on my hitch. I went and looked there is no such pin or a hole to accept one. There is a warning on the side of the hitch that says it is very dangerous to operate without the slider locked in. How, in my case do I ensure the hitch is locked in to the tow position?. Incidentally when I search PN 50024 the photos do not show a hole for this pin. The photo is of the exact same piece I have, with the same warning printed across the bottom. Is there something I am missing?

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Expert Reply:

This is a really good question.

I reached out to my contact at Reese and he said the Round Tube Slider # RP50024 was originally manufactured without the lock pin or a hole with which to use one. If you have an older base this is likely why you aren't seeing anything.

Reese does have a specific diagram to use for these older models so you can add a locking pin to ensure safety, which I have attached below. You basically just need to drill a couple of 25/64" diameter holes to use with the Lock Pin # RP50048.

Now, if you DO have a current/new version of the base then the warning sticker may just be covering the needed holes. Sometimes the sticker is placed over the mounting holes, which is why looking at pictures of the current version can still contribute to some confusion with regards to this mechanism.

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