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Old 05-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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creaking sound coming from hitch??

I have a weight dist hitch with that has the torsion bars with the chains. The bars are making a creaking sound every time I take a corner both left and right turns. It makes a lot of noise. I don't see anything unusual when I looked at it. It didn't do this last year. I tried cleaning the dirt and grime off the holes in the hitch where the bars sit, and I cleaned off the pins on the bars, same thing happens.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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I just had this problem when I went camping two weeks ago. It didn't start until I reached the campsite and it was getting embarassing because of how loud it was. My issue was a piece of steel spot welded on the inside of the frame where the snap up brackets are installed. The one of the spot welds was broken, so...unknown...to me the snap up bracket, with so much pressure on it was moving with the steel. I figured it out after trying to tighten it and finding that the bolt was going further each time, since it was bending the steel plate into the frame. I also took off all the parts and drove with a regular hitch to confirm that was my problem. Trailer was silent without the chains hooked up putting the pressure on the snap up bracket. I ended up drilling a 5/8 hole so that the snap up bracket bolt would go right through the steel and make contact with the frame. Problem solved.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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I will pull off the propane tanks tomorrow and look at the back side of the frame rail where that bolt is. I am going to measure the distance the two snap brackets are on the frame rail from the hitch too, and make sure its the same no both sides. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Basically the snap-up bracket on a standard WDH should be located such that the snap-up bracket chain hangs perpendicular to the ground when the TV/TT combination is straight, thus allowing the spring bars to move freely during TV turns. Also, check that you have at least 5 chain links under tension, in most cases anything less may cause the end of the spring bar to hit the TT A-frame (all sorts of noise).

Oh, only tighten the snap-up bracket bolt 1/4 to 1/2 turn, over tightening will compromise the bracket creating unwanted movement and noise in a TV turn...., even bending the snap-up bracket saddle over top of the A-frame.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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I had that situation in my first season and it ended up being a lack of grease on the ball and on the wt distribution bars (at the sockets). Once I put some heavy grease on both i've never heard a peep since. And believe me it was noisy prior to that!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will be taking it apart and I'll let you know what I find with the brackets.
Someone told me to try two or three pieces of wax paper on the pins where they sit in the hitch. They said it worked for their noise. Once they get to the site or back home they just throw what's left of the wax paper away. No grease to deal with.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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My Dad towed a trailer back in the 80's with torsion bars on the hitch, and he was told that the noise is normal for that type of towing. He had the type where the bar sat in a depression on the bar that was attached to the trailer in a hump, and the noise was the torsion bar lifting slightly on one side when he took a corner. He use a Reese hitch. He was also told to never use grease or any other type of lubricant on the bars, only on the ball. You should check with your hitch installer to see what they say is best.
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light coat of grease on the sockets. Mine has zerk fittings on the hitch (round bar type) to keep wear.friction and noise down.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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creaking sound coming from hitch??

We found the same thing - grease on the ball and the torsion arm sockets. No more noise. Then last weekend we came home with on and off rain. Had terrible noise again! Found it was the friction sway bar. When I took it off for driveway maneuvering the noise went away. Any hints for dealing with this?
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I had a friction sway bar on my tent trailer. The dealer told me to always remove it when maneuvering into position in a campground or backing up my driveway to put it away. If it shrieks when going around corners in normal driving, you have it too tight, loosen the unit a turn or too. But not too much to reduce the anti-sway for your trailer. It is a balancing act. Too much it shrieks, not enough and the anti-sway doesn't work properly.
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