I recently "appropriated" a couple of big-a$$ shackles/clevises, and the pins fit almost perfectly in my receiver bracket that had my hitch ball on it. It's one of the brackets that has almost no lift/drop, so the pull forces will be almost inline with the receiver, not above or below. Is this a good idea? Seems much better than $40 for almost the same thing, just pre-made. BTW, I know about putting the loop right into the receiver and pinning it. I don't like doing that. If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style... Semper Maintenance!