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Old 07-15-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hitch receiver issue

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, 12:14 AM   #2
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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?
This might be of interest:

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Class A Motorhomes: Receiver Hitch Pin Hole Repair
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Thanks. I'm thinking I'll wait until it's really a problem, and then add some weld as was suggested about six posts down in that link. It's taken six years for me to notice.
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That is odd it is only elongating on one side unless your pin is tapered or worn. Install a new pin and see if the drawbar will move in and out. You may have to weld up the hole on the sloppy side and ream it to fit the pin. I don't know what a hidden hitch is, but if access for reaming is limited you could just overlay the bad hole with a thick washer fit to the pin welded to the receiver. The washer need not be round, so you could use a short piece of 1 1/2" x 1/4" flat bar to make the washer. 3/8" thick would be better, but make sure you can still install the clip on the pin, due to the extra width of the receiver.
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Hidden Hitch is a brand.
The hole is elongated at the bottom on one side. Should have shot a pic today. I'll see if I can do that tomorrow without unhitching.
Can likely blame it on the washboard on the Skagit River Road.
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That is odd it is only elongating on one side unless your pin is tapered or worn. Install a new pin and see if the drawbar will move in and out. You may have to weld up the hole on the sloppy side and ream it to fit the pin. I don't know what a hidden hitch is, but if access for reaming is limited you could just overlay the bad hole with a thick washer fit to the pin welded to the receiver. The washer need not be round, so you could use a short piece of 1 1/2" x 1/4" flat bar to make the washer. 3/8" thick would be better, but make sure you can still install the clip on the pin, due to the extra width of the receiver.
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With the hole elongated I suspect that the receiver is a softer material than required for the application. 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.
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I'll try to shoot a pic and post tomorrow morning.
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That is odd it is only elongating on one side unless your pin is tapered or worn. Install a new pin and see if the drawbar will move in and out. You may have to weld up the hole on the sloppy side and ream it to fit the pin. I don't know what a hidden hitch is, but if access for reaming is limited you could just overlay the bad hole with a thick washer fit to the pin welded to the receiver. The washer need not be round, so you could use a short piece of 1 1/2" x 1/4" flat bar to make the washer. 3/8" thick would be better, but make sure you can still install the clip on the pin, due to the extra width of the receiver.
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Ditto what he said

I can appreciate the link showing a bushing machined and installed but I agree, a "washer" whether round or flat stock, welded on would be simple to do and probably last a long time.

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With the hole elongated I suspect that the receiver is a softer material than required for the application. 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.
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Soft material very well could be at fault. It used to be that you could rely on mild steel to fabricate hitches. I have never had a problem with the pin wallowing the holes in any of my hitches that I can recall. We don't know where our materials come from any more.

The fit of the pin to holes is also an issue. If drilled to far oversize the slop will act like a hammer and peen the metal out of shape when the vehicle stops and starts causing the elongation. I use a 5/8" drill for a 5/8" pin. The pin usually won't go through both holes at first, so running the drill through both sides with the draw bar in place insures the pin will fit.

I don't know how weight distribution hitches affect hole wear, but it seems they would load the pin in one direction keeping it from pounding as much?
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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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