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Old 04-25-2016, 08:03 PM   #1
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Falcon 2 Problem-play in "Stinger"

Have a 39' DP using a Falcon 2 for towing. Noted a looseness in what Roadmaster terms the stinger (the male shaft that fits into the female component on the motorhome). Although the side to side play could be eliminated by the large bolt on the base of the stinger, the play on the stinger itself has a bolt at the bottom of the shaft that can not be tightened (no room for a ratchet to slip over the bolt- the bolt goes from one wall to the other wall). Called Roadmaster and they stated the stinger can not be tightened and the stinger must be replaced if there is any play(cost $190 on the internet). Has anyone else faced this problem and is there a solution other than replacement? Seems Roadmaster is requiring replacement rather than repair. Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:36 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I understand your specific problem, but if there are no defects in your equipment and you are trying to eliminate the "rattle" that results from the stinger when stuck into the receiver, try this:

http://www.hitchrider.com/hitch-vise-fit-guide-2.htm

Hope this helps. After trying other solutions, found this a couple of years ago and it works great.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:49 AM   #3
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Roadmaster sells an add-on called the Quiet Hitch. I have two on mine on either side of the Hi-Lo add-on. I tighten after every major trip and I check it regularly while traveling.
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There's a number of gadgets out there to take care of your problem, but most are a bit pricey for me. We welded a bead on the front and rear of the stinger on any two adjacent sides, then took a small hand grinder and flattened the beads so they just fit in snugly into the hitch receiver. Any competent welder or welding shop would be able to do the same for you. Just remember to pull the stinger after each trip and blow out the accumulated dirt from the receiver. If you don't, the dirt will hold it in so tight you will need to drive it out with a hammer. Don't ask me how I know about that one (LOL).
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The clean looking way is to weld spots on the stinger then grind off to fit or get something like this like others have posted.
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Correct me if I am wrong but it seems the problem the OP is talking about is not that the 2" square male end of the tow bar is loose in the 2" sq ID receiver on the MH as other replies seem to address.
I think you are talking about the fit of the big bolt that goes into the end of the 2" sq hollow shaft of the tow bar.
I have a this looseness in my Falcon II tow bar and have seen the entire "Stinger Assy" for sale online at about $190. I have an exploded parts list for the tow bar and have mfg part numbers but the parts list states these parts are not sold individually. Being a DIY guy with time on my hands I am going to try and take mine apart anyway and rebuild the stinger assy. If it doesn't work out then I will have to buy the entire assy new or get a new tow bar. I'll let you know how I come out.
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The Falcon 2 parts list in their owners manual is listed as diagram piece #11, stinger assembly (color-coded black)....... 910019-20B. I believe this piece and it's fit into the RV's hitch receiver is what the OP is referring to. My comments are directed toward the fit of these two parts.

Going to Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories and clicking on the link to the owner's manual at the bottom of the page will bring up the manual as a .pdf file. the parts list and diagram can be found at the end of the manual along with the part numbers and piece nomenclature.
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It would seem the original poster, glenmo85140 has left us after posting his question. I suspect he has it covered now. I now know first hand why Roadmaster does not sell repair parts for the stinger assy. Just taking it apart is tricky.
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