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Receiver hitch adapter

What do you guys use to keep the adapter from slopping around in the receiver when towing? When there is no weight in trailer the adapter is always banging around when you hit a bump. Wondering if Jeep makes a better fit for the receiver? Thanks

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Old 10-06-2014, 08:07 PM
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

You basically have two choices.

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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

The JGC hitch receiver is slightly generous and I find that ball mount choice can make a difference. I actually have more than one ball mount.

The heavy cast ball mount I use with my horse trailer (2 5/16" ball) doesn't move, bang, wiggle or otherwise many any noise at all. It fits almost snugly in the receiver. It wasn't inexpensive and was purchased from Northern Tool.

The other ball mount that I use with my utility trailer (2" ball) was a typical "economy" purchase from one of the various box stores. I bought it years ago when I had another vehicle that also needed a 4" drop. On my Jeep, it bangs on the bumps and doesn't fit as snugly as it should. If I towed a lot, I'd replace it with another one of the heavy cast ball mounts as above!

There are various ways to quiet a ball mount including very thin stick on sheet rubber, etc.
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

It can be difficult enough for some adapters that are manufactured a little larger than normal getting seized in there. If the tolerance were made tighter you would have even more issues when the metal expands or contracts depending on the temperature

Doesn’t your hitch receiver have a bolt underneath it to remove the play?

This is an Aus spec receiver, so a little different to yours.

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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

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It can be difficult enough for some adapters that are manufactured a little larger than normal getting seized in there. If the tolerance were made tighter you would have even more issues when the metal expands or contracts depending on the temperature

Doesn’t your hitch receiver have a bolt underneath it to remove the play?

This is an Aus spec receiver, so a little different to yours.

In my experience these bolts are basically useless. After a few trips towing with the extra leverage on the shank the bolt either becomes loose or the threads burr over and they become impossible to move. I have seen the locking nuts welded onto the receiver but this tends to be very temporary.

I have tried stainless steel shims and these do work to a certain degree but probably the best solution is to make a couple of welds about 20mm long on the shank and then grind them off to give the shank a snug fit in the receiver.

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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

I just use a wrap or two of racer tape.

This has 6 months, 8 trips (3500 lb camper and 6x12 tandem axle u-haul), dozen r&rs (stores next to jack when not towing), & about 1,000 miles onnit.
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

Great ideas! Thanks for all the replies.
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

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In my experience these bolts are basically useless. After a few trips towing with the extra leverage on the shank the bolt either becomes loose or the threads burr over and they become impossible to move.
10 Months of this current one, with about 15-20 tow trips of 1.5-2 tonne and there is no signs of any issues with the bolt, and the adapter is still solid as hell.
This was the same as my Pajero which we had for 8 years and it never developed play or made it difficult to remove adapter.
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

Snuke, the challenge for the North American hitch receiver in the bumper to implement that bolt would be clearance to drill and tap for the bolt, especially on the top...

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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

The bolt is in the bottom of the receiver Jim... Snuke's photo is upside down due to our location.

Doesn't that plastic shroud piece detach from the bumper pretty easily?

If I was drilling and tapping a system, I'd fit two bolts... one diagonally into each bottom corner of the receiver. This would stop movement in both directions very effectively.

For what it's worth, I believe that the bolt on the Aussie system flogs out due to sideways movement, which it is unable to properly control. Multi axle trailers apply erratic side force on the receiver due to their desire to roll straight. Unless I torque the crap out of the bolt, my dual axle boat trailer produces heaps of knocking at the hitch, whereas my single axle caravan produces no noise even when the bolt is only finger-tight.

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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

I missed the upside-down thing, Barboots... thanks for the clarification. That said, I'm not sure that removing the bumper cover is trivial since it's the size of the whole bumper.
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Re: Receiver hitch adapter

I used a J pin locking mechanism. I had to drill one hole on the side for the j to fit into. There was plenty of room to do this. I still had a little up and down play, so I welded a strip down the ball mount, and filed it down so it slides in perfectly. When tightened, there is no play.
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