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Old 06-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #43
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Hello all -

Today I took about an hour and removed the 'old' Curt hitch and installed the 'new' Curt hitch. Actually quite glad that I did the work myself as I fould 2 under-torqued bolts. Actually scary to contemplate if I had not gone back and checked the work.... and with towing things might have loosened further.... and then....?!

Checked the 'new' receiver tube with all my attachment pieces and all is right with the world again. Mounting was fairly easy (good thing the 13 y/o is off school) with an assist needed for getting the hitch up and a few bolts tightened.

All torqued down and ready to roll. Tried the bike rack as that was what alerted me to the slop. There is very minor back and forth (as with the OEM) but nothing like the 8-10 degree back and forth with the 'old', now replaced, Curt.

Lessons? Contact the manufacturer of any unit that you have newly bought something that is not up to spec. Curt was very responsive. They have offered to pay for my install on the 2nd unit.

BTW, I will be alerting Curt of the sloppy install by the local distributor.... perhaps they can make an improvement there as well.

Again, Thanks for reading this far. I am glad that I did not have to go the route that some others here suggested with hitch, or receiver mods, clamps and the like. I want to the proper way that it should be. I have that now. Thanks Curt.

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:36 PM   #44
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Glad all worked out well for you.

I've gotten into the habit of retorqueing the reciever mount bolts every Spring make-ready, after helping a fellow camper when three of his bolts failed as he was backing into his spot. Very lucky it didn't happen on the road.

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Old 07-02-2008, 09:33 AM   #45
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I would just like to state. That Curt Hitches as well as receiver tubes are not manufactured in China. The hitches are built in Eau Claire, WI. The receiver tube is built by a company in Michigan. When the receiver tubes come in they are sampled for size using a maximum and minimum check gauge. Sometimes one does make it through that is larger than normal. Often the issue with slop comes from the ballmount of whatever is being towed. All receiver tubes and ballmounts are not the same. If the ballmount or accessoryis made in a foreign country. Most likely the material is metric. Which has a different radius. If you stick a Curt Ballmount or accessory in one of our hitches and have the problems Axel experienced. We will gladly send you a replacement. You can be assured at Curt Manufacturing we listen to you as the customer, and will resolve the issue.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:09 AM   #46
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I have been using a device similar to what you first asked about and it will stop the rattle. Bought mine at Camping world and its a little different. Because of the way the new Suburban hitch is set into the bumper I had to grind on the device a little to make it fit.

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This also stops all the side to side movement so far. I towed several thousand miles with the new hitch & device. If this hadn''t worked I was going to have a welder adapt an older Reese hitch to mount underneath the current hitch at a more normal height. I contacted (reese)Cequent and they said they had no plans to make a receiver since all Suburbans come with the hitch aka known as the bumper.
I will take a look at one of these, but only after a dealer visit. I am hoping that GM will replace my hitch with a new, better fitting one.
I also have issues with the third row seats not locking into place, and a headliner that is falling down on one side over the cargo area.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:20 AM   #47
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Your profile does not say what your TV is, But there was a recall on GM installed hitches. The welds were breaking and the tubes were sloppy. Check with your dealer. I cant even tell ya what brand those hitches were,cause Im not a GM person.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:23 PM   #48
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Your profile does not say what your TV is, But there was a recall on GM installed hitches. The welds were breaking and the tubes were sloppy. Check with your dealer. I cant even tell ya what brand those hitches were,cause Im not a GM person.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...les-34603.html

Although retired I still work part time at a G.M. Store. Not aware of any recalls on G.M. recievers. We have replaced a number under 3/36 warranty for for the problems noted.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:24 PM   #49
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Wondering if anyone else has used this one yet.It fits very snug on the equalizer hitch I have.Only time will tell whether it was worth purchasing.Going to Key west again at the end of October so I will be able to give it a good testing then.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:32 PM   #50
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hey, that looks good. my receiver has 130k miles on it and it is getting sloppy. was thinking about repair/replacement-keep us posted as to how that thing works...
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:59 PM   #51
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My friend simply puts some weld beads on his hitch shank and then grinds them off to the point that it is a perfect fit. Almost no cost or trouble, if you have a gas or electric welder.
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So far it looks like it will work out great for the side to side motion but as for it moving up and down,The bolts on the top and bottm are rest on the hitch also.Makes me wonder if there is enough force to bend those bolts over time and can this hitch vise handle this much pressure.Only time will tell.I will take some pictures and show what it looks like once I get a chance to.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:51 PM   #53
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Some of you remember I tried a simular experiment with set screws thru the receiver to try and stop the movement. It was not successful because there was too much force applied in the side to side plane...the set screws just loosened. I wanted to try two set screws in the side to side plane but couldn't because of the way the Reese draw bar was hollowed out in the center. The vertical plane worked good, but that's not where the problem exists relevant to sway control.

I ended up replacing the square receiver tubing with thicker material, and still needed a shim, but it has been working well since.

This is the thread about the set screws: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ong-47086.html
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You know, I shimmed and pushed and fiddled, and nothing really worked. Then I found one of the squared-off U-bolts left over from my work on the MG, and the thing fit right over the receiver and hitch. With a little jig to stabilze from receiver to hitch, I bolted it on (bolts downward), and all shimmy is gone!

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