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Old 09-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hitch maintenence already?

While I was installing the BluOx hitch devices to secure the drop down receiver I noticed that two primary bolts on the hitch were loose.

I really didn't expect to have to think about, or perform, hitch maintenance this soon. This is only our third season and we haven't towed our Jeep for even half of the 9600 miles we now have on the coach.

Nonetheless the hitch was getting a bit sloppy.

See the pic below. Green arrows indicate the new securing devices I just installed; the red arrows indicate the bolts that had come loose. These I tightened up about 3/4 of a turn to take out the slack but not so tight they can't rotate or move as they should.

If you have a two or three year old hitch and haven't already checked it, you might want to do so.

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Old 09-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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I would replace those 2 bolts with longer ones (Grade 8 of course) and I would double nut them. That way that can have any preload you want on them with almost no chance of them coming loose.
Just make sure the bolts You use have NO threads under the arms.

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Old 09-07-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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I do a visual on my tow equipment each time I hook up.
At least once a year, I pull the rubber boots back, clean the arms with Brake Clean and re-lube with white Lithium Grease.
I dismantle the Ball Connection and clean it using Scotch Brite Pads and check for wear.
I use Ny-Lock Nuts and replace them if they seem to work loose or if I have to remove them for ANY reason.
Maintenance is a required element for any equipment. IMHO..
P/S there should be a min of two threads showing beyond the nut....
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2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
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