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Old 08-02-2021, 11:55 AM   #1
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2" hitch / accessory interference

I have an after-market bumper with a 2" hitch on my RV. I just tried to install a Thule hitch accessory into the hitch. This same accessory fits snugly into my Subaru Outback (different vehicle than my RV) 2" hitch.



It wouldn't fit into my 3rd party bumper hitch on my RV - there is just a little bit of interference and I couldn't force it in.


I noticed some burrs on the inside lip of the receiver and I filed them down. Now with a lot of jiggling and effort I can get the bar about 1/2" into the receiver, maybe I could force it in further but I haven't tried - I'm concerned it might get stuck. When I pull it out, the paint on the bar is scuffed / scraped where the interference is happening.


Any advice? WD-40 and try again? Paint remover on the bar and try again? Take the bar to a machine shop and ask them to grind off 1/16"?


I'm not sure what the most sensible thing to do is here.
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I would flat file the receiver before grinding the stinger.
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:13 PM   #3
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Yah, that makes sense -fix the problem instead of trying to re-work around it. Thanks, I'll give that some work and see if I can get there.
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:17 PM   #4
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Do you have any other 2" items to check the receiver? I would probably play around with my 2" ball hookup, my bike rack, and my hitch hauler just to make sure I did not fix one problem and create 2 others.

Reminds me, I lent my hitch hauler out, need to get it back.
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I had to chuckle at 'it might get stuck' statement - it would definitely get stuck.

Maybe use a bit of sandpaper to improve the fit.
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Old 08-02-2021, 01:11 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses.


I resolved it (more or less) with a flat file + 20 minutes of elbow grease and some WD-40. I can now move the bar in and out. It won't take much rust to get it to stick, I think, but at least I can install it now in my driveway.


The fix was much simpler than I had been thinking this morning when I initially couldn't get the bar to fit. Thanks for the nudge, just took some persistence.
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Thanks for the responses.


I resolved it (more or less) with a flat file + 20 minutes of elbow grease and some WD-40. I can now move the bar in and out. It won't take much rust to get it to stick, I think, but at least I can install it now in my driveway.


The fix was much simpler than I had been thinking this morning when I initially couldn't get the bar to fit. Thanks for the nudge, just took some persistence.
Yea, the last bolt on receiver I bought I also had to do some filing to clean out the square.
Cheap stuff.
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Look carefully at the inside of the receiver- you may likely have a weld seam that is a bit proud in there.
In the past I have been able to trim out such seams with a sharp cold chisel, it doesn't take much.
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I had to run a flat file in mine to remove some small blobs of weld that penetrated through the tubing. After that it was fine.
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It's the difference between two Chinese inches and two American inches. Sort of like the difference between an Imperial gallon and a US gallon.
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