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I'm a huge fan of these and have used them for years without any issues. This latest one however seems to have had its share of problems. The combo numbers are always getting jammed and the release tab has broken off rendering the lock useless.
I would probably like it if it fit my hitch receiver. The pin holes on the HitchSafe are a full ½" shorter than the hole in my receiver. I contacted HitchSafe and they sent me an email on how to modify it MYSELF. REALLY?! Down the drain goes the warranty if I do. I have returned it and when they get smart and make the adjustments themselves to keep the warranty I will look at it again.
Well, after 6 years, I'm very unhappy with the HitchSafe. It has been a few years since I had reason to remove the tray, and today I had a real tough time getting the vault out of my hitch. No problem with the combo, and the latch trigger worked just fine - the problem is that dust and moisture had "glued" the tray into the vault body, and had rusted the spring at the back of the vault. The real problem is that it was so secure that I thought it was a mechanical problem of it not actually being unlocked so I was afraid to pull on the latch trigger with plyers or anything for fear of breaking it off. It finally came out, but I won't be re-installing.
I recently lost my keys while snowboarding, which cost me 400$ to replace. I figured I'll buy one of these hitch safe things to keep this from happening in the future. Instead, now I'm down another 40$, and stuck with this useless piece of crap. The directions say to turn a screw clockwise to set a new combination on the lock. So I turn the screw gently and before it even moves it just snaps the head off the screw, leaving the whole product useless. I can't believe it's legal for companies to sell products this cheap. I also have no idea how this thing has 5 star reviews or is the first choice on amazon.com. DO NOT BUY. CHEAP PRODUCT. WILL BREAK.
Had mine on for 4 years. I would open it every so often to oil it and make sure it still worked. I left it locked for about 9 months and now it won't budge. The combination lock mechanism works fine and the unlock lever is functioning as well. This might be due to the weather cover I bought as an option. The drawer won't budge at all even after days of spraying WD40 into the hitch. I will probably end up drilling the bolts that hold it in the hitch, so I am not too concerned... but I cannot tow anything until I take the time to remove the safe.
I like this thing as a concept, but it’s just not holding up to time. I’ve had mine a little over a year and the spring that pops the safe out when you unlock it and push down the tab is now failing. Worse, apparently some sort of grime or something has gotten in there which has made it so tight that in order to pop the safe out, I have to use pliers (to pull on the tab) because it can’t be done by hand...and even with pliers it’s difficult. There’s no way you can rely on getting into your locked vehicle with this safe, since your pliers are most likely in your vehicle. Very frustrating, because I liked this safe a lot while it was functioning properly.
This does not fit in the hitch of my 2017 Toyota 4runner SR5. I also doesn't fit on my 2004 4runner. The specific issue is that the shape of the hitchsafe is different than the opening and shape of the hitch on the vehicle. From the other comments I read in the "answered questions" it doesn't fit most 4runner hitches regardless of year. This is pretty frustrating. I went to the company's website and I didn't read anything that stated the hitchsafe didn't fit the 2017 4runner. This is kind of important info. They should probably make that information easily available. Like on the package. Or the website. If it is clearly explained then it's totally my fault and I'm a knucklehead.