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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Have you tried cramming something firm but reasonably resilient in there?

I dunno if something like copper sheets would work, as I'd expect them to hammer thinner.

A very stiff silicon rubber or some other low hysteresis material might.
Silly Putty? Not so much.

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Couple of wraps of duct tape work fine


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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

I towed the 1st time with mine yesterday with a light 2500# load about 20 miles and I will have to agree that the rattling of the reciever in the hitch is not great...
Never experienced this with my Ram 1500 or 2500 ( which I have towed this boat with also..). I think some excessive clearance tolerances along with shorter length contribute to this. I'm not concerned with safety,because I will never approach 7200# with this vehicle, thats what the 2500 is for, but it would get pretty annoying pulling some quad runners around etc. On smooth roads at 55 no problems but on rough roads, turning and stopping etc... lots of clanking going on back there...

So far relatively unimpressed with that... Glad I didn't buy it for towing...
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:46 AM
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Cant for the life of me think how this is such a big issue, I towed a load of steel today with a gross combined weight of over 6.5ton no issues no rattles. Unloaded the trailer and still no rattles..
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Here ya go.

etrailer.com - Products anti rattle device

Every reciever hitch I have ever had rattled.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Guys, dont forget that those of us who came from a pickup to this platform had a lot more distance between the hitch and your ear. I towed alot with the 2011 Dodge Ram I traded in on the Jeep, and I can tell you without a doubt that the drawbar fit in the receiver was horrible. It tilted, shook, and rattled all over the place, but I didnt notice it because the distance was a lot further from my ear, and the noise didnt directly transfer into the cab since the truck cab is isolated completely from the bed.

In the jeep you are probably 2' closer to the noise source, and in an enclosed cabin that has a direct path to radiate the noise into.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

+1 that trucks do not emit the sound into the cabin because of the separation between the cab and hitch.

Jeep did not shorten the length of the hitch because you can stick the receiver in a lot farther than where the pin hole lines up. Plus the key is to have a heavy enough trailer, loaded trailer, or anti-rattle device to make your ears happy.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

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In the jeep you are probably 2' closer to the noise source, and in an enclosed cabin that has a direct path to radiate the noise into.
Best point so far. SUVs amplify every noise.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Use a J-pin hitch lock to remove all side to side play. You have to drill 1 hole, but there is plenty of room. Weld a bead on the top of your ball mount, and file it down so it just slides in the receiver. Worked great for me with absolutely no play whatsoever. They make locks that slide into the ball mount also. I have a solid aluminum ball mount, so I had to use the J-pin, and the aluminum weld worked great for me. This would also work great on a steel ball mount.
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

Our hitches in the US with tow package are ClassIV. If I am to believe the rating agencies, our hitches exceed the towing capacity of the vehicle itself. So I don't see it as a safety issue. I use an Andersen hitch and with a load it is perfect. With an empty trailer I get a bit of rattle, but how often do I tow with an empty trailer?

My experience is from a 2011 Hemi Summit and now a 2014 Diesel Summit. I tow twice a year with a 5k lb trailer. No issues thus far.

Carry on and quit complaining about non-issues
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Re: What Genius Engineer @ jeep decide to cut 1" off the length of the receiver tube?

I know this thread is old but I did some towing with my Grand yesterday and the rattle is very annoying. I tried three different hitches to see if it helped but nothing. The 2 inch square is to loose. I have two other trucks in my yard and the hitch fits much tighter in each of them vs the jeep.
I did see that the hitch sticks further out on the jeep vs my GM trucks, not sure how much that changes anything but I doubt it helps.
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