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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:44 pm    Post subject: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is there a way to kill the receiver/receiver hitch noise from slack on my pickup ? Especially when hooked to a trailer?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do you mean between the ball and trailer hitch, pintle to trailer ring or just the noise in your truck receiver ?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Use a grade 8 bolt with a shank through both sides and then threads, instead of a pin, tighten it to binding, then double nut it. Or let it rust to solid. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The noise in the truck receiver is there a way to get rid of the slack?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No noise in mine. Use Jim's suggestion of a bolt with double nuts instead of a pin. Most take a 5/8" diameter bolt. I just use a Grade 5.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Load trailer with proper tongue weight.

Don't use a deep drop or rise hitch.

Thats about it, you can shim a receiver with poly banding straps for a trip but it doesn't last.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Cut some shims if on the top or bottom wire them in. Sides drill hole.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are store-bought cushions that last almost as long as a few wraps of cheap electrical tape.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote



I have had receiver hitches on eight trucks switching around between three drawbars over 35 years and have never had any noise like the drawbar is moving in the receiver. I expect that lack of tongue weight would be a likely cause.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My new Ford pickup needed a sleeve to reduce receiver hole. If I didn’t use one I’m sure it would have made a lot of noise.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sometimes the receiver is a tad oversize, cause it is made up by the hitch company vs the steel mill.
The drawbar is usually close to exact cause it is 2" sq.
I have had a few that are sloppy when assembled.

My cure is to drill another hole in receiver tube on the bottom or side. Weld a nut over the hole.
Use a very short bolt slobbered up with nevrseez and use it as a set screw against the drawbar.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Before I put my hich in the receiver I have a muffler clamp that's like 3 inches. I put the round part on the hitch that slides in and the other over the oUT side square part of the receiver and after I pin it I take and tighten down the clamp. Works good.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-rrman61 wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:44:17 01/13/21) Is there a way to kill the receiver/receiver hitch noise from slack on my pickup ? Especially when hooked to a trailer?
amazon shows all kinds i typed in "anti rattle hitch tightener" dont know if they are worth a flip or not
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Newer pickups have a sleeve that goes in the receiver before you put the hitch in. Are you sure you are not missing this sleeve?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Slack noise in receiver hitch Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-rrman61 wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:44:17 01/13/21) Is there a way to kill the receiver/receiver hitch noise from slack on my pickup ? Especially when hooked to a trailer?


Weld it.
 
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