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Old 09-24-2019, 10:02 AM   #21
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I was using one similar to the OP's and was having the same problem with the bolts loosening up unless I really cranked down on them. The problem I found out yesterday when I got back from a short trip was that by cranking them down too much it ended up breaking the U bolt so you need to be careful with overtightening it I guess.
That is what I am afraid of. I could see that happening.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:04 AM   #22
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My solution for this issue is "Heavy-duty Die Springs " placed around the U bolt studs and then install the nuts! Tighten until the movement is eliminated! I have a very long Hensley stinger bar plus Rock tamer flaps, so I know about "Movement "! Youroo!!
I could see how this could work. Thanks, I have a lot to try. Thanks everyone.
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Old 09-26-2019, 04:34 PM   #23
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I'm going to get some flak for this but here goes, most people using hitch tighteners with a WDH are mounting them upside down. This stretches the bolts every time the hitch bounces up and down which loosens the nuts. The shank needs to be pulled upwards, not down.

When the WDH spring bars are 'loaded', the shank pivots vertically on the hitch pin, lifting the rear of the shank and forcing the forward portion of the shank downward. The majority of the tongue weight is applied to the hitch pin but the remainder of the load is applied to the nose of the shank where it contacts the floor of the hitch tube forward of the hitch pin. That's how the load is able to be transferred to the front of the TV.
I just finished a 1000 mile trip with mine installed the "wrong" way, and it did loosen slightly (not enough to cause any real problem).

I flipped it over this morning and am heading out for another 1200 miles tomorrow, so we will see how it does.

BTW, from your picture, it looks like we are using the same tightener.
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:29 PM   #24
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woo10-210 is right! After flipping the hitch tightener so that the nuts are at the bottom, we traveled another 1200 miles and there was NO LOOSENING whatever.
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