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Old 06-03-2015, 02:10 PM   #15
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If you are using weight distribution, the play should be a nonissue. You are lifting close to 1000 pounds and the bar is in, pretty much a total bind. Isn't it?
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:15 PM   #16
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If you are using weight distribution, the play should be a nonissue. You are lifting close to 1000 pounds and the bar is in, pretty much a total bind. Isn't it?
Yes, for me anyway. Once a bit of wear gets into the interface of the receiver and the stinger, I'll hear one clunk after hitching up and turning. The stinger is then "settled" into its happy place and there is no further movement.

However, when driving around, sans AS, the stinger moves around a lot and makes noise.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:19 PM   #17
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:26 PM   #18
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Yes, for me anyway. Once a bit of wear gets into the interface of the receiver and the stinger, I'll hear one clunk after hitching up and turning. The stinger is then "settled" into its happy place and there is no further movement.

However, when driving around, sans AS, the stinger moves around a lot and makes noise.
I do not believe that is correct. You should not hear a "clunk" only once. It will "clunk" almost any time you make a very tight turn (at low speed, hard to make a super tight turn at 50 mph ). There is no way to totally seat a bar into a receiver. Its will always have some play in it. Then when you use weight distribution, the bar is seated very well, but it will still "clunk" from time to time, it's simple physics.

In regard to the bar making noise without the trailer attached, as stated by others, I do not do that. I guess if that is an issue for someone, then "shimming" is an option, I guess.
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I guess I don't turn sharp enough then....I never hear/feel it once I get going. It is a Hensley, so the geometry on a turn is different....makes a difference.....don't know??

I run quite a bit of WD with around 1150#s of receiver weight.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:01 PM   #20
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have my hitch on all the time. saved my rear bumper twice ! people texting while driving in bumper to bumper traffic have run into the back of my truck and damaged there front ends! got what they deserved! hitch is on full time now.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:38 PM   #21
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I guess I don't turn sharp enough then....I never hear/feel it once I get going. It is a Hensley, so the geometry on a turn is different....makes a difference.....don't know??

I run quite a bit of WD with around 1150#s of receiver weight.
Hmmmm, that is possible. I am referring to towing with a Hensley (at least for me, never liked towing without one). But the physics seems to make sense. Place a bar into a box, that is not precision fit, crank a 1000 pound bind on it, and from time-to-time, it is going to "clunk" But maybe its not on all hitches.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:43 PM   #22
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And, I was being serious. Between the A frame mounted bike rack and excessive side scrubbing of the tires, I try not to turn sharp. I'll pull back and forth multiple times to avoid.....and mirror visibility is better that way too.
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:09 PM   #23
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This thread is applicable to my sloppy shank to receiver fit I had a couple of years ago. I discovered a bent hitch pin while towing. Not good. I found my shank fit so poorly in the receiver that the hitch pin is what resisted torsional forces.

The situation was made worse in my case as my Super Duty came with a 2 1/2 receiver as well as a reducer sleeve to get to 2" square. There was clearance slop between both members. Again, the hitch pin was getting pinched, and the holes in the receiver were getting elongated.

I found a Curt Mfg. reducer sleeve that fit rather tightly in the Super Duty, better than the Ford supplied one. Then I welded the Curt reducer sleeve to the Pro Pride shank eliminating any slop between those two members. The heat of the weld distorted the Curt reducer enough that I had some serious power sanding to finally get a loose enough fit that I could assemble the shank to the receiver. These steps eliminated most of the slop.

I can now twist my shank using my Rock Tamer bars and the hitch pin stays free, or unbound. And my hitch pin is free and unbound when the trailer is connected and weight bars tightened. I do not believe the hitch pin was designed for any torsional forces, only sheer with the acceleration and braking forces.

So if the slop is great enough that it binds the hitch pin, I recommend figuring out a way to eliminate it. Weld build up on the shank, and then ground to a good fit would work in my view. I would use a bead weld, not a spot weld. You need some good bearing area so you don't wear the receiver. I also purchased a better hitch pin for added security. I even keep a grade 8 bolt in the tool box just in case I see anything unusual with the hitch pin.

By the way, I could not detect any difference in towing or noise before and after I eliminated the sloppy fit.

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I bought an anti-rattle device- basically a U-bolt and a flat piece of metal turned up at one end.
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I have a 2010 Tundra and the receiver tends to be slightly larger than the Equalizer head shank. Is it possible to have some spot welds put on the hitch shank as shims to remove the play? I have a grinder at home that I could use to grind away the spot welds to customize the fit.

I know there is a bolt on device to remove the play but you have to unbolt it every time you want to remove the head. That doesn't sound too convenient.

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Spot Welding sounds kinda "Buckshee"! It'll work, but I have a better way.
I have a Husky hitch, with a Hidden Hitch on the tow vehicle, pulling a Hi-Lo. [ I don't have an Airstream yet.] I measured .064 play between the hitch shank and the receiver.
So, I made two shims .060, one for the side, [pin hole drilled], and the other for the top. If I can send you a photo or two, I'll try to.
In keeping with my old Air Force Sgt.s. dictum; "if it moves, lubricate it; if it doesn't paint it; if it talks back, salute it!"
Since there is a modicum of movement there, I grease the shank using heavy grease, and lube the spring bars with Moly-Slip.
It works; no rattle, and the hitch comes out easily.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:03 PM   #26
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The hole for our hitch pin has worn oval on one side. This is in part due to the slop between the shank and receiver, with the TV dog tracking causing the shank to put excess load on one side of the receiver.

Back in the 70s, I worked at a hitch mfg. and heard of a person driving 500 miles without the hitch pin in and they didn't lose the trailer. This was because of the much tighter fit of the shank and receiver back then. Bet one couldn't do that with today sloppy fit! I wouldn't want to drive 5 miles without the pin, let alone 500. Hope putting the pin in is never overlooked or the angel clip as well.

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Considering that my hitch weighs about 100lbs with the mud flaps attached to it and I don't have a place to store it when it is not on the truck, I end up leaving it on there. The mud flaps also protect drivers behind me from rocks. It is also rude to park your Prius so it takes up more space than my Excursion. The hitch also serves to discourage rude tailgaters.

It is also rude to drive 60 on an interstate and block traffic. Rude is the new normal these days, where have you been?

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Not to mention it is rude and inconsiderate. In a tight parking lot it is like having a giant can opener sticking out the back. It always seems to be some jerk in a giant pick up truck that does it.
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Take a look at HitchRider.com. They have a hitch vise that works great. 30 bucks.
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