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Old 04-05-2015, 05:22 PM   #31
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My stinger has been loose in the receiver. There was some minor noise and I am sure some "slack action". My temporary solution had been to jam hack saw blades into the gap between stinger and receiver, this worked well but they would rust and it became a chore to remove stinger and reinsert.

They make a variety of hitch clamps that dampen the lose connections. Here is an example.

I read about a simpler method, drilling a 5/16 hole in the receiver, thread it for bolt and insert a galvanized screw/bolt to hold the stinger solid. I did this and I was disappointed with the results. It does not give the connection that rock solid feel that I wanted, still some slack. A couple of hours of enjoyment in the warm sun and the satisfaction of doing something I had not done before was what I took from this experience.

After writing this I am thinking about some further steps that I might take to improve the fix. I will consult with the engineering department after my nap.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:34 PM   #32
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Would the nylon or plastic door shims(used when hanging new doors) work?
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #33
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This is what I used for the luggage carrier into the bicycle receiver. Tightened it up real well. However, I've not tried to remove it.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:36 PM   #34
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Etrailer has several hitch tighteners Saris Hitch Tite Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin for 2" Hitches Saris Hitch Accessories SA3021 and there are 2 more on this page. In addition they also have one that locks, I use this one with get results http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...ero/63232.html
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:08 PM   #35
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I use this one.
Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:09 PM   #36
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I haven't had to use anything, but if you're willing to drill a small hole, Draw-Tite's J-Pin looks interesting.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:13 PM   #37
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Thanks for the info on the can cooker! I moved my post to a new thread. Frog more stew sounds great! Good info on the latches.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:15 PM   #38
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After my nap and a quick consultation with Engineering , I made a modification to my modification. On the attached photo you are looking at the receiver and stinger from the bottom You will note the cap screw with an allen head at the bottom of the photo. This is the modification, I drilled a 5/16ths opening and then used a 5/16ths tap to put threads into the opening.

My second modification was to do the same thing to the stinger, now instead of just the pressure of the cap screw against the stinger the cap screw goes through the receiver and screws into the stinger. This has made the wobble disappear between stinger and receiver. Even though I have a locking mechanism holding the stinger, there is now a second method of preventing a thief from removing the stinger and stealing the trailer.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:23 PM   #39
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Paul, good idea, but you may want to add one on the side also, that way both planes are covered. Also will the aluminum hold up better than a steel hex?
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:47 PM   #40
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Yes, Jim I am evaluating a second screw. Not sure if I have enough room and the correct angles to drill. They are steel, stainless steel. Looks like aluminum in the photo.
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