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Trailer hitch rattle suppression


Has anyone have any experience with this product & how effective is it?

https://www.trailercaravansuperstore.com.au/product/automotive-and-accessories/4wd-towing-accessories/drawbar-pins-towing-4wd-and-automotive/anti-rattle-hitch-bracket/

 



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If you are asking about the draw bar where it enters the receiver channel then, I found the easiest way to stop the movement and rattle was to drill a hole on the corner of the receiver channel and tap a thread. I then used a threaded bolt to stop any movement of the draw bar in the channel. We have done this on a few tow vehicles and it seems to do the trick.

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Toyota recommends removal of bolt when towing, Not sure about your bracket type.....Cheers Bob

 

Anti-Rattle Bolt

Toyota recommends the removal of the tow bar tongue when not in use. The anti-rattle bolt and nut is designed to prevent movement of the tow bar tongue when the tongue is unloaded.

The anti-rattle bolt must be removed when towing or damage to the tow bar may occur.

Anti-rattle-bolt-in-the-tow-bar.jpg



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My son bought one for his 200 series and he got me to fit it (lazy buggar) biggrin

Because when it was tight it pulled the hitch up to the top of the square receptacle which to me, was working against the load when the trailer was connected.

So I modified the plate that came with the u bolt so that it could be fitted so it pulled the hitch tongue down instead of up. It basically fitted in reverse to how the supplier suggested,

He left it on the vehicle all the time without the rattle coming back.

If we look at Bobs pic above we can see that the anti rattle bolt pushes the shank into the down position at the outlet area of the receptacle because it pushes the other end of the shank upwards. This is the theory I used anyway.

I might add we mucked around with those shims that are supplied with the Toyota to fit between the shank and the square receptacle and they were very close to useless, and even worse when you removed and then refitted the shank.



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Bobdown wrote:

Toyota recommends removal of bolt when towing, Not sure about your bracket type.....Cheers Bob

 

Anti-Rattle Bolt

Toyota recommends the removal of the tow bar tongue when not in use. The anti-rattle bolt and nut is designed to prevent movement of the tow bar tongue when the tongue is unloaded.

The anti-rattle bolt must be removed when towing or damage to the tow bar may occur.

Anti-rattle-bolt-in-the-tow-bar.jpg


 True Bob, the anti rattle bolt is actually of no use as it is used when not towing only .when not towing in NSW the removable appendage needs to be removed when not towing, that's law.



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Can't comment on that system, but I have been using the Hayman Reese anti-rattle hitch pin successfully for about ten years now, first with my caravan and now with my camper trailer, and it has the added advantage of locking the tow hitch to the receiver.

 

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 .. .when not towing in NSW the removable appendage needs to be removed when not towing, that's law.


 Bullsh!t old wives tale. There is no such law in any state or territory of Australia.

The only "recommendation" is that towbars must not protrude dangerously when there is no trailer connected.

Having a standard towbar and/or removable hitch with no trailer connected does NOT make it a dangerous protrusion.



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Hylife wrote:
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 .. .when not towing in NSW the removable appendage needs to be removed when not towing, that's law.


 Bullsh!t old wives tale. There is no such law in any state or territory of Australia.

The only "recommendation" is that towbars must not protrude dangerously when there is no trailer connected.

Having a standard towbar and/or removable hitch with no trailer connected does NOT make it a dangerous protrusion.


                 Let the fun begin! 

                 Seems that there are no laws, but a bit of common sense wouldn't hurt?

                 Doesn't bother me as my DO35 is under the tray of the 79.   Cheers

 

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Hylife wrote:
The Travelling Dillberries wrote:

 

 


 .. .when not towing in NSW the removable appendage needs to be removed when not towing, that's law.


 Bullsh!t old wives tale. There is no such law in any state or territory of Australia.

The only "recommendation" is that towbars must not protrude dangerously when there is no trailer connected.

Having a standard towbar and/or removable hitch with no trailer connected does NOT make it a dangerous protrusion.



-- Edited by Hylife on Sunday 22nd of January 2023 08:47:28 PM


I was told the same thing, remove the hitch. BS correct, and as long as it does not obstruct the number plate.Dick. 



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I use this type and is very effective...used it for several years.

 

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Holy bat crap yobarr! Is that your 79? It's got more TBO than a swimming pool diving board. Back on subject, when loaded my hitches don't rattle. You can always slide a spacer under the tongue to stop it or drill and tap for a bolt at the top.

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Have used a similar type of the net. It works well After I replaced the nut and washer with a larger flat washer, spring washer and locknut. Also adds an extra degree of security.

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Pam_Chris wrote:

Have used a similar type of the net. It works well After I replaced the nut and washer with a larger flat washer, spring washer and locknut. Also adds an extra degree of security.


 Yes, I did those upgrades also.

No rattles and no movement in the hitch.



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