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Side Brackets on Curt Trailer Hitch C13702 are too Tight to Slide On and Off Hitch Tube

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The side plate brackets are EXTREMELY difficult to slide onto main body tube. I got them on an inch or two, but to go any further will require a sledge hammer. I dont want to scratch the paint. And to complete the installation, I will need to take the brackets off and on to get everything lined up correctly.

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The issue is most likely caused by some excessive powder coating on the brackets, hitch tube, or both for hitch # C13702. It is permissible to sand away excessive powder coat. Some light lubrication will also help. Those two things will probably do the trick but if it still needs a little persuasion might I suggest a rubber mallet rather than a sledge so as not to damage the hitch.

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