Tow Bar Rattle.

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    The Tow bar on my RV is the type that slides in a square pipe (Not sure what it is called)
    and has a metal pin that goes right through with a security devise that locks it in position,,

    Although it all works and I have a 50mm ball on the end it seems loose, will this stiffen up when a trailer is put on the ball ? I can foresee that it will rattle and clunk around,, or is this not the case, or is it something I will have to live with ?

    Also I have a large trailer that I use for tip runs,, hooked up to a Kia Sedona, it sits nice and square and straight, but when I hook it up to the RV it is far to high at the ball end and looks as if I could do with a 3-4 inch drop plate.

    Thing is the ball on the RV is fixed/welded to a very heavy metal plate which is welded to the square pipe that goes up the tube.

    Will I have to get another plate welded on but a bit bigger and lower to square me up ?

    Or is the centre of the hitch lower on a car trailer ? I thought they were all about 18"-19" from the ground to the top of the ball!!

    Hope you can understand my twittering`s not easy to explain.

    Thanking you in anticipation.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Mo

    First of all , they all rattle , but as you suspect, fine when they are loaded.. if it's a worry you could insert some brass shim plate , I did this when I used the ball for a bike rack as the rack was drooping.

    To adjust the height you need to buy a drop mount, they come in 2, 4, 6, 8 in drops.. you can also buy an adjustable one... I bought a 2" one from Lynda at StatesideTuning



    hth

    jim
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Thanks "Jim" brilliant,

    Are they all the same size square hole ?

    Will wait till I get the trailer next week, just to make sure I get the right amount ofdrop..

    Again Thanks.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Mo

    As far as I know , yes.. :thumb:

    Jim
     
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    Hi Mo

    You could try one of these an adjustable tow hitch

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    Regards Pat
     

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