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Old 03-12-2016, 11:05 PM   #11
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What is the tow vehicle you are currently using? Is the clunk coming from your vehicle? If so ... from front or harder the rear? In my TV I have a occasional "clunk" - hard time telling just where as my resonating modulator detector seems to be out of wack. So I ask someone with better hearing to come drive with me while I try to get it to "clunk" again. Of course it won't until I'm alone again.


Better luck to you. Please describe your "clunk" with more detail.


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Old 03-12-2016, 11:17 PM   #12
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Never had an RV before. After waiting a year I picked up my new and wonderful 17B yesterday.

The 100 mile drive home went smooth, except often when I either accelerated or braked, I would hear a heavy clunk sound.

I have a standard hitch, no equalizer or anything else. I have a brake controller.

Appreciate any comments. Thanks.
Hi: Steve R... Sounds like a bit of play in the hitch receiver. There are shims for that. Alf
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:46 PM   #13
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I discovered after reading your comments, the heavy clunk sound was indeed caused by a bit of play in the hitch receiver. Thank you all so much...it put my mind at ease.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:25 AM   #14
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:47 AM   #15
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I was told several years ago that any looseness between stinger and receiver should be dampened or eliminated. Is that the case?
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:15 AM   #16
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I was told several years ago that any looseness between stinger and receiver should be dampened or eliminated. Is that the case?
I successfully (without wear) towed my Scamp for more than a dozen years with a fairly loose receiver. If it made any noise, I wasn't aware of it... pulled with a truck. I actually liked the fact the stinger wasn't tight. Blob of grease on the hitch ball made the ball suck tight into the coupler. When I'd go to unhitch, I could stomp on the receiver and release the ball. How's that for an explanation? Worked for me!
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:21 AM   #17
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The anti-rattle pin that Jim recommended works well. There's alot of variance from receiver to receiver. Our current one doesn't need any shims/anti-rattle, but our old one did.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:31 PM   #18
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My WDH is very effective at reducing/eliminating noises due to play in the hitch and receiver.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:57 PM   #19
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Thinking back when we first started towing our 17B with our Murano, I remember the clunking being described here. Was using the ETI supplied Pro Seies WDH, but still had it. Then when we started using the Highlander it didn't, nor does our Yukon with our 21, and we're not using the Andersen anymore. One thing different is that we installed an after market hitch on the Murano, while both other vehicles had OEM hitches. Not sure if this is coincidence or not.
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The anti-rattle pin that Jim recommended works well. There's alot of variance from receiver to receiver. Our current one doesn't need any shims/anti-rattle, but our old one did.
I am in complete agreement, there's often some slop in the receiver/ "stinger" which can clunk depending on tongue weight, trunion bar tension etc. Depending upon your equipment availability, one thing that can be done is to put a couple of weld beads on the stinger shaft. You might have to hit them with a grinder to flatten them down for a snug fit. Our previous owner had done that and it continues to work well. I'd estimate there are about 45,000 towed miles on the 19. Hopefully about 60k by the end of this season. Come on cheap gasoline.
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