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Old 07-15-2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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Receiver Hitch pin hole repair ?

Hi Ya`ll,
The receiver hitch on my 94 Chevy dually has a walloed pin hole and is causing a clunk when I stop and start with the trailer.I can remove the hitch head and actually move the pin back and fort in the hole about a 1/8 in maybe a little more. Can this hole be drilled and have a bushing put in or is there such repair available ? Thanks Davis
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Old 07-15-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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davis,

i see you tow a 34, if the hole is elongated i would reccomend replacing the whole reciever. it is already 12 years old and the hole may not be the only thing elongated.

last time i looked reese recievers are not that expensive, somewhere areound 150 to 200 bucks for a class 5.

you want to get it fixed because the movement could cause the pin to fail!

i certainly would not want to see a 34 loose out on the highway!

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wear in the hitch pin hole

Searching for info on wear in the hitch receiver pin hole... I found this old thread.

I have developed a similar problem, although nowhere near as pronounced. It started during the brief period I used a Blue Ox WD hitch, but has continued with the Hensley.

1. Is this normal? Anybody else have similar issues?
2. If it gets bad enough is there any option other than replacing the receiver? The truck is three years old.

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Old 06-03-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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Hi Ya`ll,
The receiver hitch on my 94 Chevy dually has a walloed pin hole and is causing a clunk when I stop and start with the trailer.I can remove the hitch head and actually move the pin back and fort in the hole about a 1/8 in maybe a little more. Can this hole be drilled and have a bushing put in or is there such repair available ? Thanks Davis
You may be able to fix it but why? Replace the entire hitch. The new Reese hitches have double holes designed for double pins. My front hitch has two holes my rear only has one. My stinger has two holes. I am tempted to replace my rear hitch since it was not designed for two holes.
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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You have to ask yourself...

...Is your trailer worth the cost of a questionable hitch? I'm all for saving money whenever possible, but if it were me, I'd put safety first and pick up a new hitch.

I'd be concerned about fatigue. The repetitive impacting fore and aft of the hole has caused the metal to work harden, which typically increases the hardness of the metal in that area, at the cost of ductility. Which means the metal becomes more brittle. This condition can be demonstrated by opening up a paper clip in to an S-shape, then bend it back and forth 40 or 50 times. With each bend you work harden the paper clip until it snaps.

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Old 06-03-2009, 05:49 PM   #6
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Take it to a reputable welding shop and they can drill out the wallowed hole and weld in bushings to fit the pin.

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I guess the bigger question is... does this happen to everyone?
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I guess the bigger question is... does this happen to everyone?

Hey TD,

My bet is that is does to some degree, but it is seldom checked until we start hearing unusual clunks and clanks. I really have to get down under the bumper to see the hole with any degree of clarity.


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Old 06-03-2009, 06:51 PM   #9
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since they're now coming with two pin holes could you just drill a second hole where the second hole would be?
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:29 PM   #10
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I think I'm with the majority here. I'd replace the whole receiver,U can probably replace the receiver for what a certified welder will charge you. Go rite to a U HAUL Shop they Have Reese I believe and will install at a reasonable price.I have added several hitches to various pickups I have owned.
I do recall some receivers that were bad that were installed by GM but I cannot recall what yrs. I do remember some welding and cracking issues.
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If it's that way now, but not earlier, I'd go with the majority view here: Replace. Ours, however, was pretty loose from the get-go, and so I made a contraption with a square-top u-bolt (!) to tighten it up.

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Not the exact same problem, but some of you may have read this thread where I tried to improve the sway control of my Reese Dual Cam hitch by using set screws to tighten the hitch in the receiver.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ong-47086.html

After the setscrew experiment had limited success, I found a thicker materialed receiver with less clearance between it and the hitch, and I replaced the square receiver portion in my hitch. Took the entire hitch off and took it to a welder, and had him remove the old receiver with a plasma cutter. (I first thought I could do it with a small grinder, but that did not work.) Then, I welded the new, heavier and tighter fitting receiver in place myself. I did the whole job on the cheap.

I realize this is not an option for everyone, but just thought I'd mention that it can be done without too much difficulty.
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I have a 1996 F-350 that has towed a 34' trailer the majority of it's towing duty. I have the elongated hole in the receiver and have the same "clunk" when starting and stopping. I had a mechanic check the universal joints in the long driveshaft and found quite a bit of the problem to be there.
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I too suffer from the elongated hitch pin hole and its related "CLUNK" when stopping and starting. This one is on an '06 GMC 2500. It looks like a Class V receiver will be in order before next season. In the Pictures you can see the slop and the mushrooming of the steel around the pin hole.
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