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Old 12-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #15
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Hitch Vise Update

As promised, my new Hitch Vise arrived via the USPS this morning. It only took 2 days to arrive from California with priority shipping.

The HV came supplied in carded packaging. It took all of a minute to install.

My first impressions are very good, I like the heft of the metal, however I am going to swap harder nuts and bolts during my next hardware store run. Additionally, The cast parts come without any coating... I will also have these powder coated just to stay looking nice for a long time to come.

After installation all slop was gone. I have not towed anything yet, and I wont for a month. but I can see how any lateral movement will be controlled... up and down I'm not so sure about. Other than a little friction, there is nothing to stop the up and down play. I can surmise that once the trailer is on the ball and the WD is in place the drawbar will be naturally smashed upward in the receiver tube and it won't be a problem. For now the side to side stuff is gone! I'm a happy camper! Well worth the $30
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:33 AM   #16
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If you have a non standard hitch, this product will not work on it.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #17
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Definitely interested in learning how well your hitch vise eliminates the loose connection. Thanks for the info so far...
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #18
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My receiver and stem also have more slop than I would like to see. There are some wear marks now on the stem which are about .025 deep. It seems to be moving both up and down and side to side.

It would appear to me, that receiver makers use off the shelf square tube stock, and hitch makers use off the shelf bar stock, and that the latter was not particularly designed to fit into the hollow of the former. "Close" is good enough seems to be the idea. It's not like they were a mated pair mechanically.

I am not sure of there is much consequence to this wear or not. Thanks for posting about this particular product. For me, I am not excited to add another wrenching process to my hitching, but it's interesting to know it is available.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #19
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Hmm... I feel like someone should sell a thin plastic sheet (.060" Lexan?) which could be wrapped around the bar before inserting into the receiver.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #20
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Atomic - thanks for the great photos. Very informative and I too will be getting a set of these. My hitch makes a pop from time to time when turning tight corners and this should eliminate that. Also will use it on a boat trailer as well.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:53 PM   #21
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That's essentially what I did. I bought a 99 cent plastic putty knife, about 1" wide at the hardware store. It's a wedge at one end, and I jammed it into the space between the receiver and the top of the installed ball carrier until the free play was gone. Then, I drilled a hole through the putty knife into the ball carrier and put in a small bolt to hold it in place. Oh yeah, I shortened the putty knife by cutting off most of the handle so that it doesn't just look like I have a putty knife screwed to the top of my ball carrier. Worked for years, now.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #22
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I also made one up from some thin aluminum I had around. I just lay it on top of the bar and slide it in Has worked for the past 4 yrs.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:51 AM   #23
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Good one, Bob - I'm going to try it...
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #24
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Working on mine today. U bolt available at any hardware store $1.25.
DYL65181 3/8 X 2 X 3".

This is a light duty bolt but should do the job I need it to do to help stabilize the bike carrier. Just have to find a scrap piece of Aluminium to complete the vise.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #25
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Tried an Au shim...too soft, squished flat in 200mi.
Now use steel sheet cut to size, still showing ware after one Season.

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #26
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POI....add the Reese class V Tow Beast to the receiver's it won't fit.

The Hitch-Vise will not install properly because the vise side plates will not clear the plate for the safety chains. Thanks.

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #27
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Tried an Au shim...too soft, squished flat in 200mi.
Now use steel sheet cut to size, still showing ware after one Season.

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Are you putting the shim on the top or bottom of the receiver?
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:32 AM   #28
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GENERAL QUESTION FOR THE THREAD:

Can anyone actually "feel" the "slop" in the hitch when under towing conditions?

My sense is that I feel the "slop" at low speeds (forward and backing-up)...
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