Below is the original email put out to all rally attendees. I was at the rally, I saw the damage. It is what it is. The pictures speak for themselves. Why this thread has gone off the rails I have no idea. But I’m pretty much done with it. Out of courtesy, when I get my hitch reinforced, I will post pictures of it. The fact is this should not have happened. I spent some years in the submarine service.Would welds or lack of be accepted there. Hell no. Heads should roll. It should be the case here. Inspection of components, is always a good idea. But my hitch, as well as the one that failed, were a year and a half old. These were not old hitches. These were post comfort ride sale to roadmaster. All pics, and one video, have been posted previously to review.
Let's do GOOD NEWS first! Frank met Rick Olsen, designer and original manufacturer of Comfort Ride Hitch, last Friday. Rick not only replaced the failed component but also diagnosed the problem! Frank is doing very well. We removed the tailgate today - what a mess! Frank will be leaving tomorrow and heading to Camp New Horizons. However, both Frank and I would like to thank Linda and Terry Cunningham from the depths of our hearts for their help!
So, now the rest. If you have a Comfort Ride Hitch, here is what you want to know! Rick diagnosed the hitch failure. Rick said it was a "bad weld". It was a failure of a weld on the base of the hitch. You can check this! Get a friend (give him/her a beer or wine!), take the web restraint off the hitch, and lift it on its hinge. Now, look at both sides of the weld that attaches the plates to the "pipe". See picture that Frank provided. If you notice cracks in the weld (Rick's diagnosis) or anything "out of the ordinary", get it checked! Also, Frank has provided a link to the video when his hitch failed. Be sure to have the sound on!