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Hitch Rattle

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Over the LINE, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Sep 17, 2018 at 8:11 AM
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    Over the LINE

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    I know about the commercially available "No more rattle" devices that use some version of a screw down clamp to stop hitch rattle but I don't want to be forced to unscrew anything to change draw bars, I switch bars often enough. Any of you guys have other solutions to hitch rattle?
     
  2. Sep 17, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    I remove my hitch every time after pulling into garage, lay it on the ground underneath the bumper on the floor.
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2018 at 4:18 PM
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    I use mine way too often to not have it in my receiver. I need something to whack me in the shins on a regular basis anyway.

    On my last truck I was able to use a few strategic wraps of electrical tape to snug up the fit and cushion the joint but it does not work with this one.
     
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  4. Sep 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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    I use mine a lot as well.

    However, you could use the wooden shims from Home Depot for framing and wedge in and break off. That has worked for me in the past on loose receiver hitches. Sometimes the more expensive receivers have a better fit as well.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2018 at 4:39 PM
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    Old bike inner tube. Cut a piece and slip it over the hitch bar.
     
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  6. Oct 2, 2018 at 11:05 AM
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    Colorado, I'm not sure how your reply slipped by me. I figured no one had any ideas for me.

    I tried a plastic window shim but it failed almost immediately. Maybe I'll try wood, it might give a little more.
     
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    Try it on the side of the hitch.
     
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    I used a couple thin 1/4" fender washers and a couple wraps of electrical tape to snug it up. I also did this for the receiver shank I use with my 4runner. I don't leave the shanks in the receiver hitch usually, I just store them under the rear seat until needed.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2018 at 2:02 PM
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    How about wrapping the hitch with some 20 mil PVC tape? Eventually you will have to re-wrap but I think it would do the trick. Or maybe taping the plastic shims to the side of the hitch.
     
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  10. Oct 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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    Drill the bottom of the hitch and tap it for a large bolt. Buy bolt, weld t handle to it. Easy to tighten and loosen by hand
     
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    This is a great idea.
     
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    That's what I would do.
     
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  13. Oct 3, 2018 at 9:23 PM
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    I cant take credit. I saw it somewhere else and it stuck with me.
     
  14. Oct 4, 2018 at 5:34 AM
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    Great idea.
     
  15. Oct 4, 2018 at 6:14 AM
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    This makes total sense. I know I’ve seen that on square tubing I’m just trying to remember where. I want to say on an engine stand/lift. Drill a hole and weld and nut over it.
     
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  16. Oct 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM
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    That's a better idea.
     
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  17. Oct 16, 2018 at 5:29 PM
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    I went back to the wrapped electrical tape I used on past trucks. I had to add extra strips top and bottom along with a couple of layers. I did this in two places. No more rattle. The extra strips were the difference.
     
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