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Old 06-30-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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The interface between my 2" receiver and her male counterpart was pretty sloppy, making for a jerky, clanky tow. I wrapped the male end with duct tape till' nice and snug. HUGE! difference! Towed 2'400 mi. still good (might try to add a little more to account for wear/compaction). Everyone should try this.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:51 PM   #2
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Interesting. The one on my tug fits snug. In fact the first time I added the hitch into the receiver I thought I was going to need to grease the dang thing to get it into the hole. But if your solution works for you, and others... GREAT!
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:48 PM   #3
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But if your solution works for you, and others... GREAT!
I'll have to try that. My Weight Distribution Hitch Ball/Spring Arm Mount is cast steel, and the part that fits in the Receiver is shaped like a tapered I-beam. It's quite sloppy now.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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I've been wondering about this, Donna. My 1-1/4" tow bars (I have three) fit quite snugly in the receiver; yet I have a friend with a new truck and a 2" receiver and the fit is really sloppy. I would find that super annoying!
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:00 AM   #5
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I,ve done that also,
it works good.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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Good Tempoary fix. I do suggest that you try to get a metal sleave that is just big enough. A good Auto parts store should have them in many different thickness and sizes. You will need to cut and drill.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:53 AM   #7
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I found electrical tape also made a nice durable anti-rattle fix too.
Another solution...
I use my MIG to weld a flat bead across the bar right where it is fully inserted into the receiver, then grind it to a custom fit...works great.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:00 AM   #8
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For those people whith the "snug" fit: Remove and grease these frequently or they will likely rust forever in place.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:27 AM   #9
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For those people whith the "snug" fit: Remove and grease these frequently or they will likely rust forever in place.
I take mine out when I'm not towing and store it in a compartment in the car (the two others, which I use with less frequency, live in the shed). I get tired of running into it with my shins otherwise
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:31 AM   #10
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Hi Raya, that of course is another good reason. I think leaving the hitch adapter in place is most often done by those with pickup trucks.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:36 AM   #11
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Good point, Don. And being from Minnesota myself, I understand about rust (all too well).

Just don't run into the one left installed on the pickup



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I've only run into it once. Now, I'm VERY careful.

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My bar didn't rust into place , but my lock rusted internally so bad that I had to cut it off.
One more thing in need of lube.

The weld bead is only at the opening of the receiver which means it is only tightened for less than a 1/4" then loose for extraction.
of course even the "loose ones can rust-up if left long enough.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:06 PM   #14
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Another thing you can use to take up the slop are the wooden window shims. They sell at hardware stores for installing windows. Makes good kindling, too.
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