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Old 07-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Anti rattle devices

Getting my 2010 Winnebago View set up for towing my 98 Tracker. I needed a 4" drop which I received from Blue-Ox as Roadmaster was backordered for weeks. The stinger is a solid mass not a hollow piece where you can put in a nut and then screw a bolt in which will tighten it to the receiver eliminating the slop. So looking at other options. There are many out there made by Blue Ox, Roadmaster and others. Looking for some opinions what has worked for you...boy getting this set up to tow really "nickel and dimes" you! I guess if it was that cheap it wouldn't be too bad!


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Old 07-19-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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Check out a "J" pin either online or at a hitch shop. What it does, is eliminate any side to side slop by means of a thread and nut on the main portion of the "J" and the short portion goes into a hole and presses against the blue ox part. Most 2" receivers already have the small hole there already. Good luck.

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Old 07-19-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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I use the RoadMaster unit. Works fine.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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I ran a weld bead on 2 adjacent sides of the male portion just inside where it contacts the receiver. I then used a 4" hand grinder to reduce the size of the bead until it was only a couple of thousands smaller than the receiver. No slop, no clunk, no more problems. Total job took less than an hour. We've towed over 125,000 miles with this setup and have had no problems.

One caution, however. Because clearances are now so tight, you need to remove the male part from the receiver every few thousand miles or dust and grit will pack in the receiver making it difficult to remove the stinger.
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I use one called the Hitch vise.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:21 PM   #6
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Since you have a blue ox drop, why not use a matching anti-rattle clip from Blue Ox?

I hae one, very very well built,

I also have and el-cheapo knock off which... Lasted about 10 minutes (The blue ox unit is six years old this fall if I remember correctly, 4 of them pulling 4,000 PLUS, not it carries less than 300) But it sure is nice.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
I use the RoadMaster unit. Works fine.
X2 on the Roadmaster brand. I too needed a drop to set-up toad and as a result had "slop" in 2 places. After research and reading user comments made the decision to choose Roadmaster. Just returned from a 1000 mile trip down the Oregon coast (rough, winding roads) and still as solid as when originally installed.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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I have a 6" drop and had the same problems you described. My tow system is all Blue Ox, so I decided to stick with the brand and bought two Blue Ox "Hitch Immobilizers". They are a little pricey but work very well! No more clunking, very solid and quiet. They also allow easy removal of insert. I would recommend making sure the nuts on the u-bolt of the lowest immobilizer are installed on the side of the receiver, not the bottom. This avoids them being scraped on the pavement when you inadvertently bottom out on those big dips leaving a service station!!


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