Yet another hitch question, Curt stabilizing strap, Yay or Nay??

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    I recently purchased a Curt Hitch for my 2008 with the only intention of using it for a 2 bike rack. At the time, I completely missed the need to use a stabilizing strap requirement. So before I send it back and go with a Draw-Tite, can those of you who have a Curt hitch weigh in on whether or not you use the stabilizing strap or not?

    Other than the hassle of returning, the price difference between the two is fairly negligible.
     
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    I think this is a CYA thing from Curt. I've never seen anyone use a stabilizing strap, and I've never heard of any failure from not using one.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    That's what I was wondering. I'll only be hauling around an aluminum adult bike most of the time and occasionally my son's bike, so I only expect the bikes to weigh about 50-60 pounds at most. I can use a strap or two, if needed. I suppose it's not a major hassle to be extra safe.

    Was just curious what other experiences have been since the other threads I searched were dated and no one seemed to specifically mention the straps.
     
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    Is there a lot of slop where the bike rack sits in the receiver causing a rattle?
     
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    It is. The Curt on mine recommends that too, but clearly doesn't actually need it.
     
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    I haven’t installed it yet, since I was debating returning for the Draw-Tite. Didn’t really want to return it, as I’ve read the redesign is pretty robust for purpose of just transporting bikes.

    I also have seen you can buy a clamp for securing the shank to the receiver and may get one of those if needed. My hope is to find a good fitting 2 bike rack that won’t require any more parts and thereby eliminate unnecessary weight from the setup.
     
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    I got the strap. It works well, and I use it except when carting a single bike around town. I wouldn't think about not using it on the highway. The whole assembly becomes rock-solid, and the strap is a really lightweight solution. I was surprised at how stable it became; I think it was a bit shaky on the highway without it, although the rack seemed really solid (and made in USA).

    The strap is really easy to use, and I just throw it and a 3/4" socket/wrench in the left bin under the floor hatch so they're around all the time. I forget what the original way to mount the strap was, but I just double up the end of the loop as a slip-loop over the lower of the top-bar hooks of the rack.
     
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