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Old 10-18-2011, 01:47 PM   #43
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I leave my ball mount in the receiver most of the time, because I tend to tow something at least once a week. It rattles more when there is no trailer holding it down. It even rattles when I close the rear hatch on my Outback.

When towing, it sometimes clunks when going over a speed bump or other irregularity. It is not only the noise that bothers me. If the ball mount moves, then the force transmitted will be more forceful than if it is held solid. Think of it like this: if you push down on a glass tabletop with 10 pounds of force, it likely won't break. But if you drop a 10 pound weight on it, it probably will. The ball hitch moving, then clunking, is like dropping a weight on it, rather than just having weight applied to it gently.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:55 PM   #44
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You'll find that there are many typed of anti-rattle... And some homemade remedies, as Donna mentioned.

I have used most types, other than the J style that needs a unique hitch to install. The ones that replace the hitch pin usually work well, but will usually mar the paint where they tighten up to the hitch. No big deal to most people.

The one I just bought is shaped like a squared U and hooks over the lip of the hitch opening (2" hitch only) and pulls the ball mount either up or down against the ball mount. I haven't used this style, but it gets good reviews. I'll let you all know after it arrives on Thursday. It is Roadmaster brand, and may be the same one Honda purchased. Etrailer has a video of it being installed. Item RM-061.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:18 PM   #45
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All I did for an anti-rattle device is weld a bead on the tow bar, then grind off until it fits nice and tight. Works pretty darn nice.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #46
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All I did for an anti-rattle device is weld a bead on the tow bar, then grind off until it fits nice and tight. Works pretty darn nice.
Hey, that works, too! My tow bar is stainless, and my MIG welder is not set up for stainless welding at the moment... but $20-ish bucks for an anti-rattle device isn't too bad, either. The nice thing is that it works with other accessories, like a bike rack, too. In fact, I would recommend one for a bike rack more so than a ball mount... because a bike rack with multiple bikes tends to beat up a hitch more than a small trailer. It is easy to put 50-60 pounds of bikes on a 20 pound rack that is out on a nice two foot lever arm. That's a lot more force than my Scamp and its 140 pound tongue weight.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:55 AM   #47
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Jesse, I actually did that on a bike rack. I have one of those double hitch things where the trailer connects on the bottom and the bike rack on the top. When I put the bike rack in, it was a little sloppy , so that was my fix.



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Old 10-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #48
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I received my anti-rattle device for the hitch today (thanks, etrailer!). I installed it, and it seems to work just fine. I'll know for sure tomorrow, when I go to work a d hit all of the speed bumps in the parking lot.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #49
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I received my anti-rattle device for the hitch today (thanks, etrailer!). I installed it, and it seems to work just fine. I'll know for sure tomorrow, when I go to work a d hit all of the speed bumps in the parking lot.
Mine came in the mail today. Honestly a minutes installation, less than the time to make "Donna's wood wedge"..... just kidding.

Seems simple and effective.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:35 PM   #50
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That's a great idea. I once tried to use a feeler gauge to take up the slack, but it didn't work. I saw an anit-rattle device that looked like a muffler clamp and a piece of metal clamped over the removable part of the hitch. I guess it wouldn't take to much to hold it from bouncing as long as it was under constant tension, right?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:20 PM   #51
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Ken,

Here's the one I bought from etrailer.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:12 PM   #52
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McBrew said:

"I did drive rather aggressively to get a good feel for the car/trailer combo."

Hmmm. I would think that one would drive less aggressively so that, being unfamiliar with the handling characteristics, if something untoward did occur, things wouldn't happen quite as quickly.

Anti-rattle. I merely slid a piece of plastic from some packaging between the receiver and the draw bar.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:29 PM   #53
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Nah... I'm already aware of the handling capabilities of the Scamp. The car handles even better then my old one, so I wasn't worried about it. I probably shouldn't have used the word 'aggressive'. My 'aggressive' is probably closer to everyone else's 'normal'.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:24 PM   #54
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Here's the one I bought from etrailer.

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Thanks; I appreciate it. I took a look at it. It seems like a great simple fix. I may get one also. Take care, Ken
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Thanks to all who replied. We've now got a 13 on order and are looking forward to some new adventures. Jimmy.
Jimmy, be sure to let us know how it works out. We've ordered a 13 also and plan to pick it up next May. Ken
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:01 AM   #56
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I have antirattled my hitch by drilling and tapping a 1/2" fine thread hole through the top of the reciever. I use a short grade 5 bolt in that hole. Slide in the stinger, tighten down the bolt, and you have a very solid connection. It just takes a second to back out the bolt with an adjustable wrench to remove the stinger.

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