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Offline Gumb

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Hitch noise
« on: June 08, 2017, 10:10:51 PM »
Our new Tvan has done about 5k on the current trip and quite a bit on dusty roads. The hitch is making a load creaking noise now which seems to be from the main body section. Is this normal and should it need grease or servicing this early in its life ?
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 03:55:47 AM »
Mine did that too. Started quite suddenly, and very noticible. I sprayed silicon lubricant around the moving parts. It didn't fix it immediately - perhaps it needed to work its way in - but it has now stopped creaking.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 08:46:06 PM »
Gday Gumb,
We found our hitch pin on the DO35 became rusty and was seizing up and groaning a lot. Had to give it a good wire brushing and some Never Seize. I dont have a better solution than it as grease and oil attract a lot of dust and the connection isnt moving enough to be an overheating concern.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 09:15:40 PM »
I've got grease on the pin but the noise seems to be in the body of the hitch. The two swivel arms which hold the cap are extremely hard to move by hand and I'm not sure if they were always that stiff. I read on.ine that pumping grease in via the nipple is recommended.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 10:16:34 PM »
Whoever installed the hitch should have pumped grease into the swivel shaft in the main body of the hitch.
If you look there will be a grease nipple halfway along the case body of the hitch.
In a genuine unchanged hitch the nipple will sit straight out.
Inside a hitch extension this straight nipple is unusable, so an angled nipple has to be used.
One that sits straight up, where you can get at it.
Good luck with it.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 10:36:54 PM »
I've found lately that I've had a creaky noise too. The normal grease points are extremely well greased, ie. the main barrel and the hitch pin.

When I spray around the side bolts on each side of the hitch with CRC, the creaking disappears for awhile but comes back in a day or two. It's clearly coming from the side pivot points. I'm not game to try removing those bolts to lubricate them as I expect they're locked in place somehow. I certainly don't want them coming adrift during a trip.

After my return from my last trip I tried squirting plenty of engine oil on the pivot points. I haven't been on another trip to see if it lasts any longer, but I'm hopeful.

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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 01:12:47 PM »
It's definitely not those bolts where the noise is. I can easily move the locating bracket up and down with no noise or effort. I'll pump some grease in to the main body and see if that helps.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 12:04:10 AM »
You both have similar problems, possibly not the same cause.
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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2017, 06:34:34 PM »
Yes, it does look that way Robert.

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Re: Hitch noise
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2017, 10:01:13 PM »
Spoke to the suppliers of the hitch at the recent Brisbane Caravan and Camping show. I have an older version with grease nipples on the pivot points on either side of the hitch as well as one on the shaft assembly.

I mentioned that I occasionally use silicon spray on the locking mechanism when it gets bogged up with fine dust. They suggested  oil based sprays and grease should be kept away from the hitch pin and locking mechanism. The shaft assembly should be kept regularly greased to keep it in good working condition.

Suggest you check the hitch tongue in your vehicle. If it is the newer type that has a locking bolt coming in on the diagonal, check it is tight and stopping the tongue from rattling the the vehicle hitch.


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