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Old 05-22-2013, 04:01 PM   #15
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Thanks Bob, will do some more research also.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #16
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Try one of these. I use a hitch tightener on both my trucks receiver and on the Stow-Away box receiver. No rattles, no clunking. Work great.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:50 AM   #17
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Thanks for the link Greg. For twenty bucks-what the heck. I'll give it a try.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #18
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That one looks similar to what I made. Hope it's at least a 3/8 U bolt. I have a 9/16 ratchet combination wrench that I use to tighten the nuts, works good, get them good and tight and the clunking noise will be gone. That one that Greg recommends is one of the best ones I've seen.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #19
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Thanks for this thread. I too have ordered the Stowaway Hitch Tightener.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #20
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You are correct sir

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Kathy & Patti, some or all of your noises are likely caused by looseness between your ball mount and hitch receiver tube. This is normal fit, and can be taken care of by a tightener device. There are various types available from sources such as etrailer or Amazon. I made my own because I had material to do so, and besides that I'm cheap. This was a recent discussion on another trailer site, with some simple solutions such as tape or a thin metal shim. I prefer the tightener, or anti rattle device, because I don't leave the [shin buster] ball mount in the hitch when not towing. And whether you do so or not can become another heated debate if you care to start it.
That's exactly what we came up with....we too are "economically savvy" we are going to add the metal shim as well.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:38 PM   #21
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My hitch tightener cam today and I'm going to be using it tomorrow. I did play with the hitch last week and there isn't much side to side movement but there is a lot of vertical play in mine so I think this is going to work great. I will report after I get back from my mini trip.
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As cheap as I am, I'm thinking of ordering that tightener that Greg recommended. When you install it, be sure that it is in such a way that it is pulling the ball mount DOWN.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #23
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Bob, in case you're interested here is the instruction sheet that came with it. I'll use it tomorrow and be back Sunday and report on how it worked
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Thanks Kathy, it's really a simple device, and almost exactly like the one I made other than mine has a longer bottom plate.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #25
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I'm back from my first trip. I did use the Hitch Tightener and it worked well. I checked the tension on the lock nuts before I left the campground this morning and they were still nice and tight when I got home. It was much quieter. You can still feel a little bounce from the trailer but it doesn't jerk near as much and it also doesn't sound like you are destroying things back there.
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