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Author Topic: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch  (Read 304 times)

Sawbob

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Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:57:41 AM »
I'm getting tired of the slop in my Silverado 2500 hitch.
Is it common practice just to weld the adapter into the hitch?
I know they make shims and other things to tighten them up, but looking for easy and cheap solution.

TIA Bob

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 10:10:41 AM »
I thought shims WERE the easy & cheap solution, but I'm not a welder.   Plus, the shims are easily removable when you get that new trailer and need a Class V hitch.
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JakeR

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Re: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 10:13:33 AM »
I cannot speak to welding but would personally not do it.  This system is great.  I use 2 as I have a hi/lo adapter to.  Zero movement or noise.  StowAway Hitch Tightener, Anti-Rattle Stabilizer for 2 Inch and 1.25 Inch Hitches.  Approx $17 on Amazon
Jake
Northern CO
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2010 Toyota Corolla (manual) toad

jubileee

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Re: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 01:44:07 PM »
If you have a 4 piece of angle iron at least 3/36 thick and a drill, you can go to the hardwares store, buy a u-bolt, and make your own for a couple bucks.

Sawbob

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Re: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 06:39:32 PM »
Thanks for the replies.
I have a welder, so I thought just running a bead up each side would do the trick, and be most cost effective for me.
The only downside would be if I wanted to move up to a class 5, which I don't plan on doing, and if I do, well I have a torch too!
I was just wondering if anyone else on here had done it.

Thanks, Bob

catblaster

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Re: Welding a class 4 adapter into a class 5 hitch
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2018, 07:06:26 PM »
Bob, I welded steel washers to my hitch to take up the slop on it. That way I haven't harmed the the receptacle or the slide. I can easily grind the washers off and be back where I started. It wasnt a class 4 to 5 just a sloppy fit from a horrible freight hitch.
Will and Jane
95 Winnebago Luxor