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Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work!

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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:08 pm

Hi everyone, checking the dandy for our trip I found husband had lost his hitch lock key! Never mind thinks I, I have one on my key ring, tried it and it wont work, it was a spare cut by the previous owner. What can we do now? Embarassed It is a lock inside the tow hitch itself, came with the Dandy. Have had a trailer of some kind for 10 years and never done this! Mad
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:18 pm

jenstar wrote:Hi everyone, checking the dandy for our trip I found husband had lost his hitch lock key! Never mind thinks I, I have one on my key ring, tried it and it wont work, it was a spare cut by the previous owner. What can we do now? Embarassed It is a lock inside the tow hitch itself, came with the Dandy. Have had a trailer of some kind for 10 years and never done this! Mad

Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 3208163979 sorry i have no idea on that i know the one you meen,are you sure some lubrication and a bit of jiggling wont work,no comment please cazz Very Happy
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:21 pm

LOL, I have tried the wiggling bit!!!! Such a pain the spare doesn't work, if I had known that I would have got another cut when we bought it as I did the other keys. Note to self next time try ALL keys at the start!!!!!
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Post by Phoenix on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:26 pm

You could try rubbing the edges of the key with wet and dry paper. Sometimes new keys have burrs on them.
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:37 pm

Dont try this until or unless some one confirms it would it be possible to drill it out like the old car door locks.
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 2:50 pm

Another thought ring ian at riva he may have had to sort this in the past.

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Post by Tow Itch on Thu 17 May 2012, 3:08 pm

Look at this page [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I think Indespension may have mixed some of the pictures up but I'd check with them that the tripple lock hitches are one and the same.
Indespension seem to be using the same photos for Bradley and Knott hitches.
See the photo for the Riva item then compare all to your hitch.
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I'd try Indespensions main office for information about drilling out they tend to be more consistant than the shops where info can be variable.
Indespension don't list the locks
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If the drilling out leaves a functional hitch but ruins the lock and prevents fitting a new one. Ask can you drill straight through.
The old Bradley couplings just had a hole that a long shank padlock can pass through to lock the coupling up.
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 3:31 pm

Thanks Tow Itch, have tried plenty of WD40 and lots of wiggling,wet and dry etc, its just not having it! It looks like it would be easy enough to drill it out without wrecking the tow hitch.....this is really stressing me out. pale
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Post by Phoenix on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:18 pm

Could you put a picture on so we can see what you are up against. There are different types of hitch locks. We might then come up with a cunning plan. Smile
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:23 pm

Oooooo, thank you! Will have dinner and get the teenage geeks of the house hold to sort a photo, still cant believe the mess were in...... yes I know a right pair of laurel and Hardy's!!!!
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:25 pm

If its the one i think its more cosmetic than anything and a bit of correctly applied brute force may do it,awaiting the picture
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Post by Tow Itch on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:30 pm

Phoenix wrote:Could you put a picture on so we can see what you are up against. There are different types of hitch locks. We might then come up with a cunning plan. Smile
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Post by Phoenix on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:38 pm

lol! Trust you to come up with that Mr Itch. Laughing
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:07 pm

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Hi guys, sorry if this is a double post but have found the original key now and that doesn't work either! So some how over the winter the hitch lock has jammed!!! It worked fine when we got the Dandy last year, here is a photo, thanks sooooo much for all your help and interest, so kind of you all. Smile
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:08 pm

If you have lubricated it then the other thing i would try is gently tapping the lock section while gently trying to turn the key in both directions
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:10 pm

I had just got a new hitch lock from Aldi because I didnt trust the Dandy one it seemed such a tiny barrel on it, now it is having its revenge!!! If I can get it out it stays out!!!!!!
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:11 pm

Oh right Mike will go and give that a try! Very Happy
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Post by mike on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:13 pm

I read about one of these being removed by banging a screwdriver into it and gripping the screwdriver with mole grips and forcing a twist but it sounded a bit iffy,think if you end up with no lock you can drill the piece you press up and put a pad lock through it.
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:16 pm

Mike your are a GOD!!!!! It worked!!!! From now on I shall bow before you and you will be known as the almighty! lol! Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839
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Post by Phoenix on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:27 pm

Glad you got it working. Smile You beat us to it Mike. Our other thought was to try heating it up that often helps when things get seized up.
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Post by Tow Itch on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:32 pm

Looking at your picture we can see it's not what I thought it was it's an AL-KO pressed hitch. You can see the words KOBER unfortunately Indespension don't carry any pictures for this but see the very similar Knott hitch. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Plus see the replacement lock for the grand sum of £8.05 though I think their picture is of the wrong lock.
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:53 pm

Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 115684958 Thanks soooo much everyone, im so relieved we got it sorted, the bolt is staying out and im putting on the Aldi hitch lock from now on! Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 2170595768
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Post by Cazz on Thu 17 May 2012, 8:18 pm

Pleased you got it sorted. cheers

Mike, I don't know what you mean. Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839
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Post by jenstar on Thu 17 May 2012, 9:07 pm

Thanks Caz! lol!
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Post by mike on Fri 18 May 2012, 5:31 am

jenstar wrote:Mike your are a GOD!!!!! It worked!!!! From now on I shall bow before you and you will be known as the almighty! lol! Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839 Help! Lost the hitch lock key and the spare doesn't work! 1710857839

Thank you just need Ellis and Cazz to understand that lol! for future reference which system did you use

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