We get it. Your gear takes a serious beating, and you demand the best from your equipment. Anything less is going to leave you frustrated & potentially stranded. That’s why you chose this D-ring hitch receiver from Vault Cargo Management. We powder coated it to ensure that when you need to use it, it’s in great shape & ready to roll. Simply loop your tow strap through the D-ring shackle, slap it into the shackle hitch receiver, and you’re ready to roll.
Quickly and easily convert your B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch to a sturdy 5th-wheel trailer hitch. Wide-stance base offers fore/aft and height adjustments to fit your application. Dual-jaw hitch removes without a trace for full bed access. The cam-action handle is held in the closed position with the included pin and clip. For extra security, you can replace the pin with a sturdy padlock. The shackle on the lock you choose should have a diameter

Considering a hitch pin is meant to be loaded in shear vs the bolt in tensile plus the larger minimum diameter of the pin...I'd go with the pin. The actual block depends on what brand you buy. I think my Smittybuilt is a solid chunk of (Chinese) steel that I really doubt is going to fail before something else. The shackle on the other hand, you'd be better off not getting the Smittybuilt Chinese version.
The ball hitch on the back of many pickups and SUVs is for towing a trailer. It is not for rescuing an off-road vehicle that’s stuck. That's the job of a shackle hitch receiver. Here we'll explain what a shackle hitch is and why you should have one in your 4×4 or truck. Then once you're educated we'll review the Heavy Duty Shackle Hitch Receiver from Rhino USA. Individual sections will cover:
First question I had was if it was square tube or a solid chunk.. it is definitely a solid chunk of steel. This thing has some heft to it, which is a good feeling. I have a 3/4 avalanche that’s heavy. I used this thing right away. First day I watched a heavy loaded military hummer go in the ditch and get stuck, and they let me pull them out. I was right there, so they hadn’t called it in yet.
With the Grip recovery strap mentioned above, it is a pretty stiff pull/ yank. With nylon, you are supposed to have a much softer yank. When you go from 0-20 and pull someone out, it tends to bounce everything around quite a bit. Then repeat this about 10 times in a day. Yeah, we have been there. The softer and easier you can get those pulls, the easier it is on everything, your back, your 4Runner, and the driver of the other truck.

I went out to the warehouse to take a look at the Bulldog Winch Receiver Mount with Shackle # BDW20186 referenced in your question. The pin hole that the shackle mounts to has a diameter of right at 1 inch. As you already mentioned, the shackle itself has a 7/8 inch diameter and the shank is a 2-1/2 inch x 2-1/2 inch, Class V receiver mount. This is a really nice, heavy duty mount that has a break strength of 78,000 pounds and a working load limit of 13,000 pounds. I have also attached...

Both run all the way through the shank. That's designed so you can use it whether it's in the vertical or horizontal mounting position. You can install it inside your trailer hitch receiver just like this or you can flip it to this position here and still install it inside the same hitch. You can use it in either the horizontal or vertical position. The shackle is removable. This portion right here is just like a large screw.
I think it would be fine for a lite recovery, I've had to use that method winching a guy out of a snow bank(he had no recovery points). I don't see how much more different it is than using a receiver slug set up with a shackle. But I guess it depends on the quality of the pin. I too have seen it demonstrated as what to do instead of using the ball.
Love this receiver, gives you another attachment point that you can count on. This is my main recovery point, and whenever I am in the trails I already have this attached with a D ring to my recovery strap. I used multiple times and is one of the strongest points to attach to. This also gives you the option to hook up just when you need it, and if you have other vehicles with a class 3 hitch you can transfer to any of them. This is a must if if have vehicles or equipment that could get stuck. No only that, but this is a fraction of the cost of purchasing a custom bumper with recovery attachment points.

The picture didn’t do it justice. I have not been able to install it yet. I activated the warentee and I spoke to customer service to see if they were helpful. Right away the people I talked to were really down to earth and friendly, knowldgable and berry helpful. This was my first shackle setup. My first impression is that it’s awesome and very solid. Will definitely help me when I go fishing on the beach if I get stuck. Can’t wait to install on my jeep. Like I told customer service, I really wish that the would come up with a locking hitch pin. The company actually told me it’s in the mix. I already recommended this product to 3 of my Jeeper buds. When they come out with that hitch pin, I will definitely buy it. Overall great product. Cool company made in USA. Awesome powder coat finish. I will upload photos when I install the hitch and then the shackle.
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