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Old 03-30-2019, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Derwood View Post
Oh boy.... it doesn't travel 3/8", it's more like 3/16 lol! I think I'll have my guy do a bead of weld nonetheless.
Black electrical tape and be done with it..........but like I said, with the weight of the boat there probably wouldn't be any movement.....
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Old 03-30-2019, 08:39 AM
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I think if you checked a 100 hitches you'd fine some slop in all of them, 3/16" I wouldn't worry about.
Or just use the clamp I posted first if it bothers you.

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Old 03-30-2019, 08:40 AM
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Just drive it in Minnesota for a year... itíll be so rusted it wonít wiggle a bit.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:16 AM
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Google "hitch anti-rattle" and you'll come up with a huge number of various add-ons to stop it. I like this one the best:

While the various clamps may have a certain irritation level when taking the ball mounts off, as others have pointed out, you don't have to worry about rust, etc. freezing it into the receiver like a weld bead could lead to after some use.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:40 AM
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The very best thing to do, is to either weld on an extra piece of material on the draw bar, or make multiple passes of welding bead.

Then, have a machine shop take measurements on the inside of your hitch receiver, and then, with the amount of clearance that you specify, have them put the draw bar on their milling machine and mill the draw bar down to the finished size on both the top and side. To really complete the job, have them take the draw bar down a bit more and then have the draw bar powder coated to retard the rust formation that is common in the rust belt of the upper midwest.

Then, make a point to always give the draw bar, as well as the inside of the hitch receiver a good coat of wheel bearing grease to retard rust and moisture from the hitch and the draw bar. Have a towel to wrap the draw bar in, when it has been removed from the hitch to avoid spreading grease from the draw bar to the tow vehicle storage area.

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Old 03-30-2019, 01:51 PM
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Default hitch rattle

I just cut a piece of strapping off one of my ratcheting straps and feed it under the hitch as I insert it.
The annoying rattle is gone.
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Old 03-30-2019, 02:31 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it one bit. Ever tow with a pintle hitch?? LOL

A little play is good and keeps things from seizing up.

If it rattles and makes noise, put a wrap of Gorilla tape on the draw bar.

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Old 03-30-2019, 02:56 PM
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The noise and movement are both issues for me. I think there is enough tongue weight, but I do trailer on some bumpy roads, and bigger highways I travel have several dips that, if hit at 70 mph with the boat attached, there is some lift on the tongue/back of the truck, and a fair amount of rattling or banging.

I just tried the electrical tape and the ratchet strap. If it's thin enough to slide it in, it doesn't stop the rattle. If it's thick enough to stop the rattle, it won't slide in. I tried tapping the folded over strap in there, and put some divot type marks in the aluminum receiver.

I do like those clamps that were posted. I have one on the extension sleeve. But I'd like to be able to remove this one quicker if possible.

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Old 03-30-2019, 06:22 PM
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For what that cost I'm surprised you still own it! Take it back!
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Old 03-30-2019, 08:48 PM
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I use this one for a 2 inch receiver. Only one bolt to tighten. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I normally only put it on if I going a ways or leaving the hitch on. My hitch does rattle more with my small utility trailer then my boat.
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