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Old 05-28-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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Receiver Hitch clamp. Do you recommend them?

Does anyone use or recommend a hitch receiver clamp in their rig to stop hitch movement? On the same token, do you want the receiver to move? I could potentially see the arguments for and against them. My receiver does have a good amount of play in it and was considering one of these clamps.

I searched the threads and couldn't find an answer.


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Old 05-28-2014, 11:18 AM   #2
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Those come in very handy for keeping bike racks from bouncing all over the place, but based on the description on the site I'm not sure it'd be advised for towing:
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  • Fits most 2" hitch cargo carriers, bike racks, steps, and other non-towing applications
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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What prevents side to side motion with the Brophy clamp ??

I made some shims that are locked in place by the pin.

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Old 05-28-2014, 11:39 AM   #4
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Drill and tap thru the collar for a 3/8" bolt on the side and run a 3/8" gr 8 bolt with a nut to lock it in sideways and the spring bars will keep it tight up and down.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:06 PM   #5
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I was using the Brophy clamp as an example, I know there's a bunch of ways to clamp/secure a receiver.

So there isn't a down side to securing it? I wasn't sure if the bit of play was there for a reason or not. Thanks everyone!!

I really like the drilled and tapped idea you had OC, I think we have a winner on that method!
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Looking closer OC, you drilled through the collar piece correct? Oh, and I like what looks to be some extra 'Light' for a hitch cap
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:17 PM   #7
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Looking closer OC, you drilled through the collar piece correct? Oh, and I like what looks to be some extra 'Light' for a hitch cap
Yes, drilled thru' the collar and the hitch cover is an Arkansas State Masonic emblem on a bronze slug.
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Does anyone use or recommend a hitch receiver clamp in their rig to stop hitch movement? On the same token, do you want the receiver to move? I could potentially see the arguments for and against them. My receiver does have a good amount of play in it and was considering one of these clamps.

I searched the threads and couldn't find an answer.


Brophy 2" Receiver Hitch Stabilizer Clamp and U-Bolt - Black Powder Coat Brophy Hitch Accessories RSCP
When (Hooked Up Ready to Go) with the Rockwood,bars set,I bet you have (NO) play in your Receiver! Just stop (Wiggling) it when unhooked! Youroo!! Slop is Standard in a Hitch Assy!
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I now have a project for the weekend...Thanks OC! That slug is awesome, it looks nice and On Level too!
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...Slop is Standard in a Hitch Assy!
Never was on mine since about 1975!
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