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Slop in the receiver.......

when the coupler installed.I pulled our 2-wheel trailer today and noticed enough slop to make noise and transmit to the cabin.Seeing that these are uni-body,has anyone figured out a way to shim the coupler up tighter?......JB.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:44 PM
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

Does the hitch have a bolt and lock nut threaded through it so you can tighten it to take the slop out of the receiver?
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:53 PM
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

It has a regular hitch pin that is not threaded.........JB.
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

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when the coupler installed.I pulled our 2-wheel trailer today and noticed enough slop to make noise and transmit to the cabin.Seeing that these are uni-body,has anyone figured out a way to shim the coupler up tighter?......JB.
Search for "Cushioned Ball Mount", that is one option but usually a lot pricier than regular ball mounts. Or you can get one of the threaded pins that go through the ball mount and crank it down to eliminate some slop. Dont expect it to be as quiet as a truck would be, you will hear it due to the vehicle type and construction. The way it can be reduced is to make sure weight is properly distributed on the trailer so you have the right amount of tongue weight. Also there should be very little noise from movement at speed on the highway unless the trailer is very light or lightly loaded. City streets will usually make a racket so will stopping and starting.
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It has a regular hitch pin that is not threaded.........JB.
I understand that.

What I'm referring to is a small bolt that tightens against the removable part of the hitch to remove the slop.

I really poor quality pic attached.... see the bolt?

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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

Marlin,I don't see anything like that.I thought about removing the hitch and drilling a 7/16th hole in the bottom and welding a nut over it.Then tighten up the bolt as you have shown in your pic.Going to remove the hitch because of all of the electronics during welding..........I appreciate your input...JB.
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

Etrailer has a few accessory items that are supposed to quiet the hitch slop on SUV's. But they all require some wrenching to take up the excess space.

I have considered buying one of these set-ups. But the nut welded to the receiver (with the thru hole as shown above) is probably the easiest way to silence the rattle. It's just hard to grind away the factory finish, weld, and repaint.

I think if you disconnect the battery and ground near the weld that you should not have any electronic issues from welding.....right?

Of course, you may lose the pre-sets.
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

Take it to an exhaust shop, its a 5 minute job.

Exhaust shops also have a "zap stopper" to avoid any issues when welding to a vehicle.

Its just a fancy box that connects to the battery terminals.
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Re: Slop in the receiver.......

Good info from everyone........Thanks,.......JB.
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