RV Body Repair: How to Attach an Anti-Rattle Clip

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Anti-rattle clips
Adjustable wrench
Large zip ties

The last thing to do while wrapping up your RV body repair, is to install anti-rattle clips to keep your lines and safety connections from rattling around while you head down the road. There are many types of these clips, and you can get ones that can be used anywhere around your vehicle to help with noise reduction. The main forms of anti-rattle clips mount over your existing ball hitch and add the ability to lock wires and the like into position.

Step 1 - Analyze your Cabling and Chain Safety System

After your RV body repair, the goal is simple, get the unit on the road. When transporting the vehicle, with or without other attachments and trailers and the like, you are going to encounter road noise. The noises heard in transit, could seem to be your safety chains or cables coming loose, when in most cases, they are just hanging loose and hitting on anything they touch. If you have a trailer system with the electronic wiring coming out for directional light controls, there are also special electrical adapter versions of the anti-rattle clamps that can be utilized to secure these as well. You don't have to stop at just the hitch, there are anti-rattle bike mounts as well as door locks and the like, nearly every part of your RV that makes noise can be prevented with one type of clamp or another.

Step 2 - Mount the Anti-rattle Unit to the Trailer hitch

The anti-rattle systems can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and armed with a wide variety of securing pins, clamps and the like to keep down unwanted noise while in transit. You hook wiring as well as the safety chains into the clamps on the unit and it will prevent things from bumping and rattling around while your driving. The anti-rattle system is a good final touch to your RV body repair, and can make a huge difference in the quality of travel you get as an end result. The standard clamp will slide over your existing ball hitch and tighten into place, this keeps the ball and hitch from moving while the vehicle is in motion.

Step 3 - Strap up any Loose Cables

You can use the zip ties to pull your wiring and the like close to the hitch arm, and strap them up and out of the way. This is likely not a cause for noise, however, it will keep them from getting tangled in the security chains on the hitch. Once the hitch is installed, simply attach a middle segment of your safety chain into the anti-rattle clamp as well. This will cut down on the rattle noise that comes from the safety chain while driving on the open road. This is a key ingredient to any maintenance, double check your zip ties and other strapping each and every time before heading out on the open road. Once you are done with this RV body repair, you should be able to get a rattle free ride to and from your camping destination.