Hitch/drawbar noise - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Hitch/drawbar noise

Some months back there was a thread on clunking hitches.
I've had the same hitch and draw bar for 7 years and never had a problem.
I towed my 82 13" Scamp down to be measured up for a new axle.
Every time I hit a small bump in the road it sounded like my hitch was falling apart.
When I towed it home when I bought it there were no clunks.

The noise was caused by NOT ENOUGH tongue weight.

There is a heavy duty extended rear bumper that adds about 70 or 80 pounds to the back of the trailer.
The propane tank and battery were removed taking a good deal of weight off the tongue.

If you have an clunking hitch check you tongue weight.


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Old 02-25-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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This happens when I'm pulling my utility trailer empty! The first time I pulled it empty I think I stopped twice in 5 miles because I couldn't believe something wasn't falling apart and making a lot of racket!!

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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There are hitch anti rattler devices available, I made my own.
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Hitches rattle?

All I've ever heard is the engine in my diesel and the tools flying around in the work truck.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:35 AM   #5
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There are hitch anti rattler devices available, I made my own.
Yep. In a hurry to get going, and finding out the hitch on the subaru rattles like you wouldn't believe (I could hardly stand it for a few blocks), I turned around and went home, and drove some composite door shims in between them. They're still there after several thousand miles of pulling.
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