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Old 07-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #11
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Try reversing the pin and check in 6 years to see if you now have a matched set.


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I'll bet you can buy another receiver tube, torch the old one off and weld a new one in it's place cheaper than having any machine work done.
Not betting, but my guess is that you can buy another hitch and bolt it on faster, more easily, more reliably, and less expensively than paying for that welding work. Of course, if you are an expert welder yourself you can save a hundred bucks and have an interesting project by doing this yourself, but the hitch will still need to be removed and replaced.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:06 AM   #12
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gbaglo:

I wonder if a "hitch imobilizer" would help the situation. They are to stop rattles but may help here. I've seen them installed but have no first hand experience.

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The hole for the pin that secures my WDH to the Hidden Hitch receiver is becoming elongated on one side of the receiver.
Anybody else experienced this and have a solution to prevent it from getting worse?
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:39 AM   #13
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Or you could use one of these to remove any play in your hitch. I have used one for about 4 years. Makes everything nice and quiet.

Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:42 AM   #14
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Most anti-rattle devices would stop the holes from elongating further.

I have had the same issue on my last truck, a 2002 F-250, pulling a heavy construction dump trailer. The ball mount was solid steel and showed little wear, but the walls on the receiver after 12 years had elongated a bit, probably close to 3mm. I did put on lots of miles towing that trailer though, and it weighed a few times more than our light trailers.

The new trucks all use a heavier 2 1/2" receiver which is nice.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:13 AM   #15
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Embarrassing, but here is pic of receiver.
I did paint it with Tremclad a year ago.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #16
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It doesn't look like your elongation of the hole goes all the way through to the inside of the receiver, and could likely be cause by the curved end on the pin. Do you always put it in from the right side?
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:27 AM   #17
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Embarrassing, but here is pic of receiver.
I did paint it with Tremclad a year ago.
I see Tremclad and Krylon Spray Paint now comes in Faux Rust.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:38 AM   #18
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It doesn't look like your elongation of the hole goes all the way through to the inside of the receiver, and could likely be cause by the curved end on the pin. Do you always put it in from the right side?
I do, because the wire for the break away switch goes through the clip and around the pin and the switch is on that side. Never tried the other side.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:50 PM   #19
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Jim's assessment appears to be what you are seeing. The elongation is merely rub from the ell bend in the pin when it rides in the 7 o'clock position. I doubt you are experiencing much clunking from it. If so, you could get one of those tightener dodads or drill and tap the receiver for some set screws to take up the play.
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Like Russ, I think Jim's on to the cause. Good thinking, Jim
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