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Old 02-12-2014, 11:39 AM   #11
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If you go with the 1,200 lb bars, carefully monitor the hitch receiver in your GMC 1500 truck, for signs of bending and deformation. You may need to beef up your hitch receiver because of this.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:23 PM   #12
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If you go with the 1,200 lb bars, carefully monitor the hitch receiver in your GMC 1500 truck, for signs of bending and deformation. You may need to beef up your hitch receiver because of this.
Why??? As long as the WD Hitch fits in my hitch receiver and that I don't exceed the weight rating of my hitch receiver, why should there be risks of bending and deformation?
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:28 PM   #13
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snip...... carefully monitor the hitch receiver in your GMC 1500 truck, for signs of bending and deformation.....snip
Good advice with any TV receiver.

Fortunately the OP has a 2011 GM truck and it has the redesigned OEM receiver, much better then the older GM truck OEM receivers like I had on my 2002 Silverado (which I did replace). It wasn't so much the actual spring bar rating, but more the heavier tongue weights that could be problematic with the older GM designed OEM receivers.

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:48 PM   #14
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As Rustic Eagle said, the older GM hitches were subject to "pinbox flex" and some of them actually cracked and had broken welds, but that was corrected with the new body style introduction in mid 2007.
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First, I agree with Crabman and Rustic Eagle comments about the re-designed GM hitch receiver. You will find your receiver is spec'd at 1,000 lbs in WDH mode. Yes, your tongue weight will be within that, and on the surface, you will not exceed this weight rating. The spring bars are tempered and as such, designed to flex in a certain load range. The hitch receiver is not tempered, and could be loaded beyond its yield strength. That's the point where it becomes deformed. Not much flex range there. Where am I going with this you say? Along your towing travels, you will hit bumps, dips in the road, or just going into a steep driveway. You want to have the spring bars flex to absorb this stuff, and not bend your receiver instead. Give this some thought.
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^^^You are correct Dave in that the Tongue weight limit on the 1500 with WD is 1,000 lbs with the stock hitch. So the OP with a GVWR of 9200lbs, and a TW of 13-15% could possibly exceed that when loaded to max GVWR if he has a 1500. For some reason I was thinking the OP had a 2500, which has a 1500lb TW with WD on the stock hitch. If he stays within the 1,000 lb TW not an issue.
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My unit is similar size and weights. My 1200/12000 Equal-i-zer works very well. Way over 10 000 miles.
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My unit is similar size and weights. My 1200/12000 Equal-i-zer works very well. Way over 10 000 miles.
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I have a 287BHBE. Similar floor plan, but a bit lighter. I use the 1200/12000. It works great, and the trailer has been rock solid behind me. I was towing it with a Tita, up passes with rain, 40 mph gusts, and tractor/trailers flying by me.
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David, I see where you are going with your comment... but even with a 1000 / 10,000lbs WDH, I'll hit those same bumps on the road... the effect will be the same on the hitch receiver...

I'm not planning on overloading my TT beyond my truck or hitch capacity.... therefore I shouldn't have an issue...
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