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Old 06-06-2014, 12:59 AM   #1
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Hitch Immobilizer

I'm looking into a hitch immobilizer and found that Blue Ox makes one.
It appears like it might be the fix I need for the slop between the hitch receiver and bar on the hitch.

It's called the Blue Ox Hitch Immobilizer II. Part number BX882224 and is made to fit a 2 inch receiver.

Anyone have experience with one of these?
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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I'm looking into a hitch immobilizer and found that Blue Ox makes one.
It appears like it might be the fix I need for the slop between the hitch receiver and bar on the hitch.

It's called the Blue Ox Hitch Immobilizer II. Part number BX882224 and is made to fit a 2 inch receiver.

Anyone have experience with one of these?

Hey buddy,
Haven't heard much from you for awhile. I've been wondering about the same issue you are referring to. Did you buy one, and if so do you notice any significant difference? I've got some "slop" in mine, but no worse than when I bought my Dodge 11 years ago.
Let me know your thoughts.
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Hello Larry,
Ya it's been a while. I'm all healed up and ready to get into trouble. What have you been up to? Just email me if you have time.
Well, I found one of those things on line and I ordered it this morning. Expect to have it in my hands in a week or so.

Reviews on various other sites look promising. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Hello Larry,
Ya it's been a while. I'm all healed up and ready to get into trouble. What have you been up to? Just email me if you have time.
Well, I found one of those things on line and I ordered it this morning. Expect to have it in my hands in a week or so.

Reviews on various other sites look promising. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Email coming!
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I use a similar device made by Roadmaster. It works as advertised by using a modified U-bolt to take up the slack between the receiver tube and the drawbar. While the one you mentions is different in design, it looks like it would do the job also. The weight of the coupled trailer doesn't seem to let the ball mount bounce around, but when running solo, the ball mount would rattle and clunk going over bumps and this type of device will silence the commotion back there.

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Old 06-07-2014, 07:55 AM   #6
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SG,

As the saying goes," who builds the better mouse trap ".

I'm happy to see that other companies are addressing the issue and coming out with different designs to combat it, like the one you posted about.

I read someplace that a fellow uses duct tape and wraps it around the draw bar before inserting it into the receiver. He says it works great.

The duct tape thing may just work, and certainly is the cheapest.
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... The duct tape thing may just work, and certainly is the cheapest.

And the simplest... Add one more use for duct tape! I had initially tried a sheet metal shim to fill the gap but found the shim would squirm out going down the road and happened to spot this thing in a Camping World and the impulse kicked in.
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Just an update of the product from Blue Ox.
The thing works and after using it for about 2400 miles it is still tight and rattle free.
I haven't tried to remove it yet and since I used locktite red on the threads I may have to warm them up before removing them. I haven't tried to dismantle it yet but when I do, I'll make sure the heat gun is handy so I can remove the nuts.
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The guys at Equalizer sent me some shims in different thickness to put into my receiver. That solved it for me.

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Old 11-22-2014, 05:25 PM   #11
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Rick,
Even though the Blue OX thing works,
I like your idea. I just may call the mgf. of my receiver to see if they offer anything in the way of shims.
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