|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 6 x 0.3 inches|
|Item model number||061|
|Manufacturer Part Number||061|
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Roadmaster 061 Quiet Hitch
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Quiet Hitch eliminates any free play between the receiver and the tow bar(or bike rack, ball mount or whatever you insert) for a solid, seamless connection. Consistent pressure keeps your towing combination tracking straight through crosswinds, curves and sudden maneuvers � all with considerably less effort on your part. Quiet Hitch also reduces tire wear, as well as wear and tear on the hitch and the receiver, by eliminating free play. Especially effective on towing combinations with multiple hitch extensions; also reduces noisy rattle caused by bike racks or hitch accessories. Bolts on in seconds Works on most 2-inch hitch receivers
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For installation, torqued the first nuts to 80 ft lbs which eliminated all movement in the riser and then torqued the second set of nuts to 40 ft lbs to lock the first. This was looking great for about 6000 miles with absolutely no movement/loosening, but by the time we reached the west shore of the Yukon to cross with the ferry into Dawson City, the U bolt did loosen. When the nuts were re-tightened to 80 ft lbs the bolt broke. The loosening was actually caused by the bolt stretching and re-tightening stretched the bolt further to the point of breaking. An otherwise great solution was defeated by materials not up to the job.
The Stowaway Hitch Tightener along with it's hardened plate that was used to secure the carrier's drawbar to the Casita's receiver hitch is made of much stouter material and hadn't budged. The Stowaway was actually my first choice over the Roadmaster for its stouter materials, but only the Roadmaster's U bolt was wide enough to pass over the riser's square tubing.
Since we were about done with the worst of the roads, had the joint welded by a friend when we got to northern Oregon.
With a hardened U bolt the Roamaster 061 Quiet Hitch could have lasted a lifetime and for its price, should be made of better material.
To be clear, correctly installed, the shackle (U-bolt) should go under the receiver and behind the flange on the receiver (closer to the vehicle), then the cross bar should be placed on top of the inserted hitch toward the trailer, cargo carrier, etc.
The fitment problem is not a fault of the Quiet Hitch, but of the short-clearance design of the receiver on the Grand Cherokee. This unit cannot be expected to fit every receiver ever created. I was hoping it would fit, but I'll have to go with the StowAway Hitch Tightener as it's design should work with my receiver.
I did use this unit on a camping trip to hold up (incorrectly installed) a light cargo carrier rack loaded with firewood. I figured the lower weight wouldn't stress the shackle in any way approaching a large trailer. It did work well, and there was no noise or movement from the cargo carrier, even down a rough off-road trail while loaded down with firewood.
The one negative I could find was the selection of nuts used. Unless there's an issue of reliability, I personally would have swapped the individual locking washer and jam nuts with single locking Nylock style nuts. It's possible their own research has shown the jam nut combination to be more safe, but I'd go for ease-of-use with a single nut if it were still as effective.
As opposed to returning it, I'll likely just sell it to a friend to recover my costs and get the Stowaway Tightener. I'm sure we'll both be happy.
It's relatively simple to install with a 14mm wrench or ratchet. It calls for a torque wrench and I did use one the first time. Since I take the bike rack off often I just WAG it now so it does the job I need it to. If I was towing something like a trailer/camper I would definitely torque it correctly to be safe.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase as it will last a long time and can be swapped onto any hitch.
into the back, back roads of the Navajo Reservation. That means it went down some
very rough dirt roads and held up incredibly well.
I had a large packer box filled and a large ice chest strapped onto the cargo carrier and they
stayed there for 2 weeks and three days. No rattle. I did add a couple of lock washers just
in case as I knew that I would be going down some rough roads.
It worked like a gem and I never worried about any of the system being worn by a loose fitting
FYI, the cargo carrier I used is rated to 500 pounds and I probably had at least
three hundred on it.
Great product and I'll be using it with a soon to purchase A liner pop-up trailer. I expect bracket
to work just as well. I googled this product first and found info on it, but the price was
right on Amazon.