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Old 07-29-2015, 01:05 AM   #29
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Now I just have to figure out how to shut up the mud and snow tires!
Well Russ I spent yesterday working on that issue and it easily fixed if you are willing to part with about $1600 for new all season radials and rims for them to run around on in the spring and summer months.

Like the hitch rattle it may be one of those things you might want to learn to just live with
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:10 AM   #30
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Hmmmm... Hitch "Rattle" indicates movement between two or more parts. Movement between parts equals fatigue & wear.


The earlier comment that "All hitch combos will wear out and spread/stretch clearances over time and need to be changed out. I would call it metal fatigue of the hitch components." came as a surprise to me.


But, I have always used the "U" shaped clamp to eliminate play in the receiver and have yet to see any wear on a receiver or drawbar.


And for less than $30, silence is not only golden, it is fairly cheap and, if I do hear any noises back there I know to check it out ASAP and not just turn up the radio to fix it.... LOL
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:15 AM   #31
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Another solution I have seen is always leave the drawbar in and eventually it will rust solid to where it's impossible to remove it, LOL
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:29 AM   #32
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Hitch rattle isn't to big an issue with a a body on frame construction. But with a frame less uni-body construction the noise is of much greater magnitude. A louder boom sound echoing through the body. Whole different effect between my early Bronco with frame and my uni-body Nissan Pathfinder.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:17 PM   #33
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The sloppy feel and metal-on-metal clanging of a loose fit between ball mount and receiver tube on rough roads has always annoyed me. So I finally opted for a Roadmaster Quiet Hitch (for 2" hitch) clamp just to see how well it worked. (https://www.campingworld.com/roadmas...iABEgJU3vD_BwE). To my ears and peace of mind, it was money well spent.
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The sloppy feel and metal-on-metal clanging of a loose fit between ball mount and receiver tube on rough roads has always annoyed me. So I finally opted for a Roadmaster Quiet Hitch (for 2" hitch) clamp just to see how well it worked. (https://www.campingworld.com/roadmas...iABEgJU3vD_BwE). To my ears and peace of mind, it was money well spent.
It only took the one trip back home from picking up the trailer to convince me that I needed to go home and order a clamp. My hitch, the stinger and ball were brand new and good quality brands. Adjusting the receiver on the tongue helped but did not get completely rid of the racket.
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I use a similar product called “Hitch Vice”, and besides stopping the rattling of a loose drawbar, it also captures the bar in the reciever. The other day I made a bone-headed move. I have a locking hitch pin, and I went inside the house to get the key for the locking mechanism, but got side tracked and never put a hitch pin in, and drove around town and on the freeway for about 50 miles, and when I got home to remove the drawbar, I noticed my mistake.
I don’t think they acknowledge this as a safety benefit.
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I have a locking hitch pin, and I went inside the house to get the key for the locking mechanism, but got side tracked and never put a hitch pin in, and drove around town and on the freeway for about 50 miles, and when I got home to remove the drawbar, I noticed my mistake.
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You must have put the hurts on those bolts Dave
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I use a similar product called “Hitch Vice”, and besides stopping the rattling of a loose drawbar, it also captures the bar in the reciever. The other day I made a bone-headed move. I have a locking hitch pin, and I went inside the house to get the key for the locking mechanism, but got side tracked and never put a hitch pin in, and drove around town and on the freeway for about 50 miles, and when I got home to remove the drawbar, I noticed my mistake.
I don’t think they acknowledge this as a safety benefit.
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Dave,

It is so easy to forget a pin. I am a little paranoid about that and check it multiple time before we pull out from anywhere. I use the screw in lock pin to stop the rattle. It works great and would prevent the pin from coming out if one forgot the lock. I am glad you had the clamp on.
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Maybe unrelated but had thunks sounding from hitch on last travel adventure. Determined it was loosened bolt from ball. Almost screwed off. Word to the wise, check that bolt!
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:26 PM   #39
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Maybe unrelated but had thunks sounding from hitch on last travel adventure. Determined it was loosened bolt from ball. Almost screwed off. Word to the wise, check that bolt!
A few weeks ago I found the nut on my sway bar ball mounted on the hitch drawbar was so loose I could remove it by hand! How I got so lucky that it did not fall off on the highway I do not know.

Thanks for the reminder to check all bolts and re-torque as needed.
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Maybe unrelated but had thunks sounding from hitch on last travel adventure. Determined it was loosened bolt from ball. Almost screwed off. Word to the wise, check that bolt!
Or once you know what you need, get a one-piece welded ball mount. No nut to check! Nothing for thief to unscrew and drive off with your trailer with the ball still locked in the coupler.
https://www.amazon.com/Brinks-3050-0.../dp/B000OEOWA6
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When this thread popped up the other day, I looked into anti-rattle devices again.

The StowAway Hitch Tightener that I bought two years ago (and haven't used yet) seems to be among the more highly rated. I've avoided using it as I don't want to add bolting and unbolting it to my chores. I like to remove the ball mount once we arrive and set up the trailer, so it would be a recurring task.

Yeah, lazy Mike; doesn't want to mess with a WDH, won't even tighten and loosen an anti-rattle device. Might as well go get a Class C, eh?

Anyway, I found a couple of new designs the other day that looked intriguing, but both of them have basically disappeared from the face of the planet so I presume there was some serious defect.

I also ran across the Hitch Hugger by Dakota Metal Works. It's quite a bit more expensive than most, but apparently does not require any bolting and unbolting. There's a video on the site.

https://www.dakotametalworks.com/default.aspx

Does anyone have any experience with this one?
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