2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Hitch Hugger” Keeps Receiver Hitch Quiet
The unit consists of a steel bracket equipped with a spring-loaded lever attached to a camshaft. One end of the bracket slides onto the receiver hitch tube and the other pins onto the receiver hitch base already on the vehicle.
To install, you slide the Hitch Hugger over the receiver hitch tube and then pin it to the vehicle’s hitch (no bolts or wrenches required), align the holes, then insert the receiver partially into the hitch tube and rotate the lever clockwise. Slide the receiver hitch into the vehicle’s hitch, align the holes and insert the hitch pin. Then release the spring-loaded lever, letting it snap, to lock the hitch tight.
“It virtually eliminates the noise and rumbling caused by conventional receiver hitches bouncing up and down. And, it’s easy and fast to install since no wrenches or bolts are required,” says Holzwarth. “Any time there’s movement in the hitch tube, the off-centered camshaft wedges the hitch down to keep it from lifting up.
“It works especially well when hauling lighter 2-wheeled trailers, including boat and motorcycle trailers. Using it with a cargo carrier or bicycle carrier eliminates leaning from side to side while traveling. It also holds carriers or receiver-attached rock guards level so your vehicle’s back-up sensors don’t get a false reading when backing up, due to interference caused by one side being higher than the other.”
Four different models are available to fit different receiver hitch styles. “The basic model 2040 covers about 75 percent of the receiver hitches on the market,” says Holzwarth. “The main thing that determines the model you need is how far in the receiver pin hole is on the vehicle. Most receiver hitches are at 2 1/2 in. to the center of the hole and the rest are either 1 1/2 or 2 in. in.”
The basic model 2040 sells for $69.95 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dakota Metal Works, 27116 Mockingbird Dr., Harrisburg, S. Dak. 57032 (ph 605 368-0342; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dakotametalworks.com).
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