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Old 07-26-2015, 08:18 AM   #71
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My hitch shank developed quite a bit of up and down slop and it was having a detrimental effect on the WD's ability to distribute weight forward. The slop was caused by the hitch receiver box becoming deformed over time as a result of the massive upward torque generated by the WD under load, exacerbated no doubt by the poor roads we travel. The good people at Can Am RV welded a small wedge onto the shank which has certainly solved the problem, for now at least. I'm aware that the hitch receiver isn't of the greatest quality and the problem will re-occur over time; that allied to some horrible rust appearing around the joints will, I think, have me in the market for a new receiver next year, at least after the winter road salt has had time to dissipate.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:59 AM   #72
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If I had receiver that had slop that some have posted I would pur. new one and not mess with them. AS are expensive and to take chance of receiver failing or some other malfuction even splitting, maybe cause accident or other safety issues, plus liability if accident involved. Any of these issues could be expensive or even loss of life. Prior post of 3/4 inch slop very bad, or any slop. IMO not worth a plugged nickel.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:20 AM   #73
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I use a Hitch Rider.
Stops the slop on my oversized Ford.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:21 AM   #74
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If I had receiver that had slop that some have posted I would pur. new one and not mess with them. AS are expensive and to take chance of receiver failing or some other malfuction even splitting, maybe cause accident or other safety issues, plus liability if accident involved. Any of these issues could be expensive or even loss of life. Prior post of 3/4 inch slop very bad, or any slop. IMO not worth a plugged nickel.

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Most have "slop".....if you find one that doesn't have any, let us know.

A few years back slop was added just so they wouldn't rust themselves in permanently.

Our Reese Class V Tow Beast was purchased for design/build quality over OEM, not as a slop removing remedy.

OEM....'round bar'


Reese....


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Old 07-27-2015, 09:16 AM   #75
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When I stated slop that needed weld or other means to stop slop. Normal receivers have very slight clearance not slop. Any will rust in receiver if left in long length of time, besides most states must be removed when not towing.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:53 PM   #76
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OK....'normal' receivers don't have slop, just a 'slight clearance problem'......you win.

The above Reese has a welded sleeve.....not done as a slop remedy.


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Old 07-27-2015, 09:22 PM   #77
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2 1/2 in. shank

I had enough slop in my shank to bend the 5/8 in. pin. My F-250 had a 2 1/2 in. receiver so I ordered the 2 1/2 in. Blue Ox shank to replace the 2 in. The new shank was so tight that I had to do some minor filing and coat with greese. There is very little play now and no more creeking and popping sounds.
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