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Old 05-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hitch slack eliminator

Just ordered one of these, seem to be better than the single set up. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
anyone else ever use one to eliminate the slack in the receiver and the stinger?
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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If the typical device of this type is a step above bailing wire and duct tape to fix the universal but primitive North American hitch system, this is two steps up... with twice as much bailing wire. If you have enough rattle that you see the benefit in putting on all this gear, I say go for it. The hassle, though, explains all those people driving around with ball mounts in when they should be removed. :

I have not noticed issues with rattling, so I don't use any such device. Who knows... perhaps if I tried one I would realize that there is excessive play.

I can see side-to-side play, but it seems to me that the old Draw-Tite / Hidden Hitch J-pin is a much more elegant solution. IF the tongue weight is adequate, there shouldn't be vertical rattling because the trailer never lifts the ball... and a WD hitch applies massive torque to the mount/shank to receiver connection so vertical play seems unlikely with a WD.
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for the post, Jim. Didn't know this type of item existed. Just this last weekend, I tried the hitch bike rack on our Highlander with dealer installed hitch for the first time, and noticed more play and bounce than on our previous vehicle. I also have an Andersen WD hitch - would tightening side to side affect the alignment on the lower plate under the ball? I am thinking the single version might work best with the Andersen hitch.
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Thanks for the post, Jim. Didn't know this type of item existed. Just this last weekend, I tried the hitch bike rack on our Highlander with dealer installed hitch for the first time, and noticed more play and bounce than on our previous vehicle. I also have an Andersen WD hitch - would tightening side to side affect the alignment on the lower plate under the ball? I am thinking the single version might work best with the Andersen hitch.
I'll report back, it should be here tomorrow and I'll post the install.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:23 AM   #5
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I am not following the purpose of this item. Is it to reduce the wiggle of the stinger in the receiver?
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KountryKamper (Tom) put me onto this: Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories. I've towed a bunch with it now, and it really does the job, even though it clamps from just the sides.
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I am not following the purpose of this item. Is it to reduce the wiggle of the stinger in the receiver?
Yes, both on your trailer hookup and your rear rack, if used.
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Hitch slack

If anyone has a welding unit, I just put a few beads on the hitch where it slides in and then grind down to fit and reduce the bounce when no trailer is attached. If I have bounce with the trailer I might not have enough tongue weight or a empty trailer.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:23 AM   #9
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KountryKamper (Tom) put me onto this: Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories. I've towed a bunch with it now, and it really does the job, even though it clamps from just the sides.
I recently purchased one of these too. Haven't gotten to try it out yet but the first test will be a trip to South Llano River State Park in two weeks. Glad to hear from a fellow escapee confirming that it works well.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:56 AM   #10
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I recently noticed the referenced slack after purchasing a newer TV; maybe more noticeable than before due to a shorter stinger receptacle. My high-tech solution was to apply strips of Gorilla Tape on both sides of the stinger hole. Seems to do the job, but will require periodic reapplication.
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