Stop Trailer Hitch Rattle! Here’s the fix!

Stop Trailer Hitch Rattle! Here’s the fix!

Written by Cameron Repic
December 5, 2022

Link to product: Rhino USA Anti-Rattle Hitch Tightener

The quick hit: The Rhino USA Anti-Rattle Hitch Tightener is a heavy-duty solid forged steel stabilizer that eliminates hitch wobble, rattle, and whine. It fits all 1.25” and 2” Class I, II, III, & IV hitches, features a protective anti-rust coating, and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. This simple but effective clamp installs in minutes, and locks your existing ball mount into your hitch receiver, keeping your load more stable when you tow.

Everything I learned about towing I learned the hard way, thus I have made every mistake in the book. I have towed with improper electrical connections, low tire pressure, poor tie-down technique, and even left the shop with license plates missing while dragging my chains and wiring all over the ground. Each time I blow something up or destroy something I vow to do a little bit of research and get ahead of the curve. Learn from my pain – that clunking and rattling sound behind you can be fixed.

First, let’s do some anatomical review….here’s our trusty Trailer Hitch Diagram:

If you picked up a ball mount to tow with, came home and slid it into your receiver tube, and thought, “Huh, is that supposed to be snug or wobble like that?” you’re not alone. A very very common phenomenon is that your ball mount – which slides into your receiver tube – does not fit snuggly. There can be play in that connection. The result is a rattling, whining, or clunking noise that occurs when you are driving, and it adds additional stress on your hitch pin – which is not receiving the brunt of all that slamming and grinding. Not good. Side note – most bike racks that work off the hitch receiver have a twisting mechanism that tightens inside the receiver tube to eliminate this. But very few ball mounts have such a feature. 

Not to worry though the Rhino USA Anti-Rattle Hitch Tightener fixes all of this in a matter of minutes. So, if you want to secure the hitch and effectively stop trailer hitch rattle, simply slide the Hitch Tightener over your ball mount, and connect the plate underneath your receiver tube. Then just tighten the two bolts on the Hitch Tightener and voilà – no more rattle! A nice tight fit. No more slamming on your hitch pin. You’re dialed. 

Why choose the Rhino USA Anti-Rattle Hitch Tightener? Because it’s the best version of this product on the market. Period. Hands down. End of story. It’s got a protective anti-rust coating, it’s solid forged steel, it fits Class I through IV and it works on 1.25 and 2-inch hitches. We choose Rhino USA for the same reason we choose them for tie-down straps and all of our recovery gear;  it’s an American-owned, family-run business that offers a 100% money-back guarantee on almost all of their products. We put the Rhino USA Anti-Rattle Hitch Tighteners on all six of our tow vehicles, and we keep our ball mounts and trailers from being stolen with their Locking Trailer Hitch Pin. Frankly, we think they should just start making trailers or tow trucks because everything they make is radical and awesome. The more you know….!  

MUST READ: How To Lock A Trailer Hitch and Prevent Theft

Also, don't forget to pick up a Rhino USA locking trailer hitch pin to ensure your trailer never gets stolen!

rhino usa tow strapFAQ's

What is the solution to stop trailer hitch rattle, and how does it work?

To eliminate trailer hitch rattle, you can use a hitch stabilizer or anti-rattle device. These devices work by tightly securing the hitch accessory inside the receiver, minimizing any movement and vibration. This results in a quieter and more stable towing experience, making your travels more enjoyable and safer.

Are hitch stabilizers compatible with all types of trailer hitches and accessories?

Most hitch stabilizers are designed to be compatible with a wide range of trailer hitches, including 1.25-inch and 2-inch receivers, as well as various hitch accessories like bike racks, cargo carriers, and ball mounts. Rhino USA's 2” stabilizer is designed for 1.25 and 2 inch hitches while the 2.5" heavy duty steel stabilizer is for 2.5" Hitches.

How to attach the Rhino USA Anti-rattle hitch tightener

Simply slide the tightener over your 1.25" and 2" hitch and slide the black stabilizer plate on, tightening it with the 3/4" nuts on the bottom side of the hitch. That's it! Super easy assembly, no more hitch rattle.