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04-05-2019 10:52 AM
Derwood
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Originally Posted by Rather Be Lucky View Post
https://www.dakotametalworks.com/ This is what I use. I leave it on my towtector which is attached to my receiver ball hitch. This way I remove the ball and the towtector at the same time and hang on the wall after unhooking the boat, and obviously, put it back when towing boat again. Works very well... no wrenches and no shin bumping.. and no rattle when installed.

Swede
Cool invention!
04-05-2019 09:42 AM
Rather Be Lucky
sloppy receiver hitch remedy

https://www.dakotametalworks.com/ This is what I use. I leave it on my towtector which is attached to my receiver ball hitch. This way I remove the ball and the towtector at the same time and hang on the wall after unhooking the boat, and obviously, put it back when towing boat again. Works very well... no wrenches and no shin bumping.. and no rattle when installed.

Swede
04-02-2019 04:14 PM
frozen fish In some areas it is against the law to have a ball mount in the receiver without a trailer attached. Considering that and not wanting slop between the receiver and ball mount, I had two flat washers welded to my ball mount. Just ground them down with an angle grinder for a perfect fit and eliminated the slop and noise.
One is not enough as the ball mount will still move. Weld one to the ball mount front and back of the attaching pin. Use good grade washers.
A simple and quick solution. I apply a generous amount of marine grease to my ball mount to prevent rusting and make it easy to remove the ball mount.
04-02-2019 01:48 AM
Anonymouse
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Originally Posted by REW View Post
Derwood,
Here are some videos about folks that used different methods to reduce slop:

Another welded in plug to the rear of the drawbar with a heavy duty washer on the back of the hitch with a heavy bolt through the washer into the plug to eliminate the slop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5eBFhJwWY8
If ya gunna do it, do it right.
Really liked that solution and was going to post it REW, but ya beat the Anonymouse to it.
Stops it from jumping around by hand pressure but 6,000# of trailer would probably still make it move around up & down and side to side, some, in the receiver
04-01-2019 09:20 PM
AllenW Just in case your still looking.

See this little device, stops rattles and locks your hitch to your truck/car

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KzyU5V-9Lee2LE

Comes in at least 2" and 2.5".

Haven't a clue how good it is, but it looked neat.


Al
04-01-2019 04:49 PM
ffishman In IL that is the law, crossed chains
04-01-2019 12:25 PM
Derwood
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Originally Posted by Snowking View Post
As a reminder you are supposed to have the chains crisscrossed to the truck. Not straight to the truck. It is supposed to help if you lose the trailer. Tends to cradle the unhooked trailer
yep I do that with everything I tow. I have my emergency brake cable hooked up too
04-01-2019 12:17 PM
Snowking As a reminder you are supposed to have the chains crisscrossed to the truck. Not straight to the truck. It is supposed to help if you lose the trailer. Tends to cradle the unhooked trailer
04-01-2019 11:23 AM
Derwood
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Originally Posted by eriksat1 View Post
As long as the slop is not in the pin or pin hole, I wouldn’t worry about it. Nothing worse than not being able to get the receiver out. If you take all the slop out your are asking for trouble, as in seized in, heat and beat to get it back out again after a winter or 2.
I think you're dead on with all of that!! I had a pin that was too small and it sheared off pulling into a busy intersection a couple years ago! My trailer slid under the bumper (that's why the jack is damaged). My chains pulled it right under the bumper!!

I had to heat and beat the last receiver out of there (my son enjoyed the blow torch) so I'm going to avoid that as well.

I am not going to do any welding. I used one of those anti rattle U clamps and secured it down tight.
04-01-2019 11:10 AM
eriksat1 As long as the slop is not in the pin or pin hole, I wouldn’t worry about it. Nothing worse than not being able to get the receiver out. If you take all the slop out your are asking for trouble, as in seized in, heat and beat to get it back out again after a winter or 2.
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