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Old 04-29-2014, 03:22 AM   #1
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Landing gear pins

Has anyone replaced the front landing gear pins with the quick snap pins that are used on the rear and center jacks? I am questioningbdoingbthis, wondering if there is a reason Dutchmen did not include these from the factory on the front gear only? Could it be because there is too much weight up front? I'd hate for the pins to break and slam the front of the 5er on the ground.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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I've replaced the stock pins with the quick snap pins. They work quite well, and make setup and take down easier. As to why they are not included as stock, I suspect it is because it adds cost.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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I too replaced mine with the snap pins. They have been on there for a while now and I haven't had any issues.

The only thing with the snap pins is making sure they go all the way through. I made that mistake on one of my rear legs and the pin sheared off. Ended up replacing the entire leg. As part of my unhooking procedure, I make double sure that I can feel the pin poking through the other side of the leg.
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Do you mind me asking where you purchased yours? I have found them on Amazon.com and eBay for around $15/pair. I'm just worried it is some "grade f" brittle metal garbage that won't hold the weight of the fiver. This is one of the few things (like tires) that I'd rather pay more, just so I have some peace of mind.
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Do you mind me asking where you purchased yours? I have found them on Amazon.com and eBay for around $15/pair. I'm just worried it is some "grade f" brittle metal garbage that won't hold the weight of the fiver. This is one of the few things (like tires) that I'd rather pay more, just so I have some peace of mind.
I bought mine from Camping World around $35.00 on sale. Used the same ones on my Montana & came OEM on my 03 Teton
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Bought mine off of Amazon.
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I too replaced mine with the snap pins. They have been on there for a while now and I haven't had any issues.

The only thing with the snap pins is making sure they go all the way through. I made that mistake on one of my rear legs and the pin sheared off. Ended up replacing the entire leg. As part of my unhooking procedure, I make double sure that I can feel the pin poking through the other side of the leg.
X2, I always make sure the pin has gone all the way through the leg, visually or by feel.
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