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Old 04-14-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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We recently bought a 2003 Odyssey. This is the first time we have towed with a vehicle with a removable hitch ball. We towed the Scamp for the first time last weekend & were suprised at the loud "clunk" sound when the ball mount shifts up & down or from side to side within the receiver. Is this normal? Can the amount of "play" be reduced?
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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There are several anti-rattle devices on the market:

http://www.etrailer.com/c-BMAIII.htm

Or you can just jam some thin wooden wedges in between the ball mount and the receiver hole.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Our class 2 hitch with Reese removable hitch does it too but for us we get it on hard starts and stops. There is minimal play in the receiver but it's enough to make the noise. It would be nice if there was an answer on this .. hint!
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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Same problem, but I isolated it to up-and-down slop only. Found a thin piece of aluminum, cut a shim, put an angle on the end as a handle. I push the bar in with the shim on top and the problem has disappeared.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:40 PM   #5
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Great information! We will definitely look for something to fill in the space & reduce the rattle. Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #6
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You obviously need to turn up the radio.
Mine has some slop too but I never hear it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:28 PM   #7
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You obviously need to turn up the radio.
Mine has some slop too but I never hear it.
I can see how that would solve the problem too!
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:56 PM   #8
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I have a 2" class 3 I picked up at Princess Auto that has an elastomer built into it. The "clunking" has disappeared, it was under $20 and made in the USA!!! It has 'Robin' stamped into it as well as 6000lbs gross and 600lbs tongue.

I am thinking of buying a WD hitch and was wondering if the 'clunking' would disappear???

(Don't mean to hijack the thread!!!)
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:49 PM   #9
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Ha, I remember the first time I pulled out trailer with our van and heard this noise. I immediately pulled over and checked everythig out. I really need to get one of those anti-ratle things for peace of mind.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:23 AM   #10
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I'm really glad you asked this. I'm not new to towing, so the sound wasn't scary for me, but I've wondered about the "clunk" for a lifetime! (Seriously.) It never bothered Dad, so it must be ok. Still...would be nice to eliminate it. I'll work on a wedge/shim of my own. I'd sure like to see yours, Per.

My problem will be finding scrap shim material since I don't do much metal fabricating....yet.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:39 AM   #11
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I make plastic shims from the flat sides of juice bottles.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:21 AM   #12
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Had same problem when we first pulled out of the Casita factory. (Draw-Tite hitch, Infiniti-dealer installed). I called the great service guy at Casita. He said "call Draw-Tite, they'll take care of you."

Draw-Tite came through and free of charge sent me one of these:

http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BMAIII~63201.htm

Note that the hitch receiver must be a compatible two-hole J-pin type like the Draw-Tite shown (scroll down) in the link. I don't know whether other hitch brands have the two-hole config.

No more clunking. Thank you Draw-Tite!
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That's the one I would get if I were getting one -- The second hole should be a drill size found in a regular drill bit set -- The larger hole is not.
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Looks like a great product. I'll have to see if it can be used on ours. Thanks again, everyone!
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