Home made hitch tightener, outstanding!
There's been a few threads on hitches/recievers that you can't seem to get to stop wiggling and making noise etc. Well, I've never been a fan of buying something that I can make. So, I looked at the cheap-o U-bolt style with it's 3/8" diameter clamp system and, that to me, was not good enough. So, out to the man cave and, went to work. First, I cruised on over to Tractor Supply and picked up a two-pack of leaf spring u-bolts, washers and nylox nuts.
These are 1/2" diameter. Waaaaaaaaaaaay better than those factory made ones. I already had some 3/4" solid steel rod that I used for the cross bar so, that was taken care of. The width and length of the U-bolts I purchased was exactly perfect, no cutting or mods what so ever. All that I really needed to do was cut the 3/4" rod to the length I needed and, drill the holes for the 1/2" u-bolts.
I also did some manual "milling" with a hack saw. Those are the flat spots you see in the cross-rod. That was the fun part of this little project, trying to keep the flat spots on an equal plane, across from each other. In the end, a little file work and, it's done.
All in all, I've got a whopping $8.00 (it was about $4.00 for the 3/4" cross rod when I purchased it too) in two of those clamp/hitch tighteners. Not bad for a little bit of work. The really good part about these ones, because they're 1/2", you can tighten the bejeezus out of them and, they WILL NOT COME LOOSE. I know, I've tested them for three states of traveling so far and, not even close to loose.
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
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