Submitted: 12-03-2010 by eskmrol
The R&R recall kit, supplied from the crack government & Yakima engineering team, includes a new longer axle and a slotted nut (sometimes called a castle nut because it resembles the top of a castle) designed to be held in place with a cotter pin. Because some idiot forgot to tighten his axle nut and the wheel fell off, the government issued a safety recall.
The "fix" is a ridiculous engineering snafu. If you ever have a flat tire, you must carry needle-nose pliers and/or metal cutters to remove the "recall supplied" cheap ass cotter pin, which is located on the inside of the frame and requiring you to crawl on your hands and knees under the trailer for access. Yakima supplied the smallest (Made in Taiwan) cotter pin when they should have supplied a hitch pin clip, also referred to as hairpin cotter pins, which are spring-style cotter pins that facilitate rapid assembly and dis-assembly. I went to Home Depot and purchased .093 x 1-5/8 Hitch Pin Clips (~ 70 cents/each) and can now easily remove the wheel and reuse the hitch pin with any new tire. I pity the fool who has the misfortune of a R&R flat tire!