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Old 03-19-2019, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hitch play question

There is about 1/8” of play between the hitch ball assembly and the receiver on my 2010 EB. It’s annoying to hear and feel the slight “clunk” when pulling away from a stop light or whatever. It seems to be the result of a slight difference in the diameter of the hitch pin and the hitch pin hole on the receiver.

Is it typical for there to be a little play?

Are there solutions to eliminate it?

Thx
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:29 AM   #2
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There is about 1/8” of play between the hitch ball assembly and the receiver on my 2010 EB. It’s annoying to hear and feel the slight “clunk” when pulling away from a stop light or whatever. It seems to be the result of a slight difference in the diameter of the hitch pin and the hitch pin hole on the receiver.

Is it typical for there to be a little play?

Are there solutions to eliminate it?

Thx
..my 17 ram is the same...wrapped the hitch with duct tape...lasts for quite a long time
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:38 AM   #3
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Google "hitch rider".
I use one, and has eliminated that clunk.

http://www.hitchrider.com/nowobble.htm
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:45 PM   #4
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Sloppy hitch fit

When I inserted the Equalizer shank into the original Class IV hitch on my ford van it had a "Sloppy" fit. I made a shim out of stainless steel to insert into the bottom of the receiver, then slid in the Shank. Problem solved. Fit very nicely. I did have to take a rat tail file and remove a very, very small amount of material from the hitch pin holes in the receiver. Now it slides in and no slack or clunk when towing.

Having done all that, I just replaced the factory receiver with a Class V Draw Tite "Ultra Frame" Heavy Duty receiver. Way nicer receiver and will do nicely as we are moving up to a 30' from a 23'. The fit of the shank in the new receiver is spot on. Snug, pin fits perfect. Looking forward to towing a 30'.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:23 AM   #5
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I use this on the boat trailer, not needed on the Hensley.

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Yup, I do just like Bob.

You need to tighten it after each trip but it does work.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:07 AM   #7
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Hitch play question

There are a couple versions of hitch tighteners, but they all will eliminate the clunks and bangs from slack in the receiver. I use one with my ProPride setup, and it’s a lot quieter in the cab when I’m maneuvering or going from the brakes to the gas.
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I have used a soft ride locking pin for years on my Subaru. It works.

You could also make your own by welding a nut in your receiver and using a proper strength bolt.

https://www.amazon.com/Softride-Tigh.../dp/B000T5BI8Y
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Like Robert, my WD hitch doesn't clunk, but my boat hitch does.


Us Hillbillies solve that with an 89cent muffler clamp.
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