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Old 12-14-2012, 06:06 PM   #43
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My hitch slop is forward/aft and I feel it when starting from a complete stop. Although I can wobble the hitch laterally in the receiver before hitching the Airstream, I've never felt that movement under tow. I've purchased a different product, the StowAway2 Hitch Coupling Tightener that I believe will solve the problem. It's simply a high strength U bolt and lipped plate.
Amazon.com: StowAway Hitch Tightener: Automotive
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #44
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My hitch slop is forward/aft and I feel it when starting from a complete stop. Although I can wobble the hitch laterally in the receiver before hitching the Airstream, I've never felt that movement under tow. I've purchased a different product, the StowAway2 Hitch Coupling Tightener that I believe will solve the problem. It's simply a high strength U bolt and lipped plate.
Amazon.com: StowAway Hitch Tightener: Automotive
Thanks......
.....that looks like it will work perfectly on the stinger for the boat, plus I probably have all the parts necessary.

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Old 12-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #45
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Anti-Rattle Clamp...

Just rec'd my hitch vice to hopefully provide an "anti-rattle" function...

Will link it up tomorrow for a test drive - stay tuned for more...

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:12 AM   #46
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it works

Got mine back when this thread first started and used it towing to the Canopener. Observations:
1. quick shipping and packaging ok
2. well made and easy to install; nice design and only one rachet wrench required for installation
3. tightened down after WD hitch and trailer were on TV
4. torqued it down after 75 miles
5. popping and bumping of the past is gone
6. can use on my boat and utility trailer as well since they make more noise than the AS on the WD hitch.

Bottom line, I am very pleased with it and bang for the buck is excellent.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #47
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Concur with each of Alphonse's comments!

We departed 26DEC - and after 2,100 miles the Hitch Vise works great. I re-torqued the two nuts at 100+ miles as a matter of routine.

After a telecon with the Reese folks, I have found that any residual "lash" can be eliminated with their available shim-kit for my model shank/hitch head. I am planning to install the kit ($5.00) to completely tighten up the system.

Great product - IMHO.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #48
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I like my low tech solution, I just wrapped Duck tape around the hitch until it fits tight. Simple and has worked great for several years now. And you can still remove the hitch without tools.

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #49
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Damon, I like your low tech solution too. Doesn't the great pressure just squish the duct tape?

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #50
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My hitch slop is forward/aft and I feel it when starting from a complete stop. Although I can wobble the hitch laterally in the receiver before hitching the Airstream, I've never felt that movement under tow. I've purchased a different product, the StowAway2 Hitch Coupling Tightener that I believe will solve the problem. It's simply a high strength U bolt and lipped plate.
Amazon.com: StowAway Hitch Tightener: Automotive

I've just finished a 1340 mile, five day tow and the StowAway2 Hitch Coupling Tightener worked perfectly. No movement whatsoever from the shank in the receiver. It's good to find a simple, inexpensive solution to an annoying problem. BTW, I had to install it 'upside down' with the nuts on top due to the construction of my drop down hitch. No problem.
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I've just finished a 1340 mile, five day tow and the StowAway2 Hitch Coupling Tightener worked perfectly. No movement whatsoever from the shank in the receiver. It's good to find a simple, inexpensive solution to an annoying problem. BTW, I had to install it 'upside down' with the nuts on top due to the construction of my drop down hitch. No problem.
Ended up ordering the SA2 also. Works perfectly on our Class V Reese with the boat stinger. Also use it "nut's up", the V has a much wider flange around the opening and it makes securing it much quicker with the Makita cordless impact.

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #52
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Follow-Up: Reese WD Hitch Shim Kit...

By way of a follow-up, the following information is submitted, FYI:

After installing the Hitch Vice, all "lash" between the receiver and shank was eliminated. However, there was still some "wiggle" between the shank and the "Hitch Head."

I called Reese to discuss the issue. The technician informed me that although "some" lash or wiggle is still safe, it is recommended to install their "Hitch Shim Kit." I ordered four of the $5 shim kits which consist of a single (2.0" x 5.3" x .050" - hole size 0.8") shim (Reese Part Number 58207) - intended to be fitted between the shank and the hitch head. Easy to install, for sure.

The photos show the "before/after" views. The "top-down" view illustrates the location of the shim on the left side of shank. There was only enough room for a single shim - so I've got 3 extras.

I tightened the two 1 1/8" attaching nuts with my 18" - 1/2" drive torque wrench.

With the Hitch Vice and shim kit in place, there is absolutely NO lash from the ball forward!

I've re-torqued both the Hitch Vice and the Hitch Head twice over the last 500 miles and everything is ROCK-SOLID.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:16 PM   #53
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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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I made one almost identical to yours out of stainless. Managed to make a 90 deg two sided and a single side shim. I now have 3 sides shimmed. Stinger slides in and is almost no movement. Don't think anything was wrong, just normal slide fit. But I truly feel that this was a significant part of the rig calming down. We do all of the setups on the hitch and then it's sloppy at the last connection, just doesn't seem right to allow slop at the final connection.

YMMV

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MaxAB How is the hitch vise working?? I have oval holes in the reciever now and am concerned this will create stress and future breakdown. Hope to see you soon...Sedona?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #55
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MaxAB How is the hitch vise working?? I have oval holes in the reciever now and am concerned this will create stress and future breakdown. Hope to see you soon...Sedona?
The Hitch Vise coupled with the Reese Shim Kit was the answer I was looking for. No more popping or grinding at slow speeds or backing-up like before. The holes in my receiver were starting to elongate, but this fix stops that from getting worse.

We're looking forward to linking up with you and Ronnie! Still working on getting the bathroom and shower fixed up - everything torn apart now!

Say, "hello" to everyone at the St. Patty's Day rally - Erin Go Braugh!

...suggest trying the Hitch Vice! (I've got an extra shim kit if you need one!)

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #56
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Hitch-Vice

Art, Thanks for the feedback and I'm ordering mine.
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