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Old 08-22-2011, 04:18 AM   #1
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Question Any solutions to Hitch Rattle???

When the trailer isn't hitched I'm hearing a lot of rattle coming from the hitch area? I suspect its because of the play between receiver and shank. Has anyone encountered this before and resolved the issue? I see all kinds of anti-hitch devices on the market but which one works for weight distribution systems? I get horizontal and vertical play in mine when the trailer isn't attatched. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:24 AM   #2
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Yes remove the hitch when the trl is unhooked.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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Yes remove the hitch when the trl is unhooked.
x2

I just take mine out. I don't like it hanging out waiting to strike at some unsuspecting shin.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:59 AM   #4
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I agree that taking it out is the true solution but I like to leave it in if I'm going to be hooking the trailer back up within a few days. To keep taking it in and out starts to be another chore so I'm looking for a good product that I can use to stabilize the hitch. I know blue ox makes several immobilizers but I'm looking to see if anyone has had good luck with another product. Here's an example of one blue ox hitch immobilizer:
Blue Ox Hitch Receiver Immobilizer II - 2" Hitches Blue Ox Hitch Accessories BX88224

If I know I'm not going to use the trailer for a week or so, I remove it as I wouldn't want to walk into it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:20 AM   #5
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Yes remove the hitch when the trl is unhooked.
x3 even if its a few days between trips. I use my truck as my daily driver and don't want someone (me) to get banged up at a store parking lot. you could also turn up the volume on the stereo
maybe you could try a plastic toilet shim: Shop Plumb Pak Nylon Toilet Shims - Hard Plastic at Lowes.com
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x3 even if its a few days between trips. I use my truck as my daily driver and don't want someone (me) to get banged up at a store parking lot. you could also turn up the volume on the stereo
maybe you could try a plastic toilet shim: Shop Plumb Pak Nylon Toilet Shims - Hard Plastic at Lowes.com
Hey Tent, there are (8) shims in that package,since I am going thru (Hard times) could you send me (2) of those shims? Youroo!!
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If you really need to keep it in the TV then try using a couple of bungiee cords wrapped around the ball and the hooked to the chain points. This should stop the rattle.
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If there is enough room, get one of these

and cut out a piece that you can slip in between the tube and the shank. Might help and will cost all of 1 buck.

On second thought, Camelot is a silly place.
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Hey Tent, there are (8) shims in that package,since I am going thru (Hard times) could you send me (2) of those shims? Youroo!!
you only need one LOL!!
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My hitch was unusually lose when towing. I made this to to tighten things up:

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