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Old 06-02-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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New hitch- Installation UPDATE

I broke down and ordered a Curt Class V hitch from etrailer. I do not like the looks of my stock GM hitch, which is showing more signs of "pinboxflex" where the receiver actually bends upward thus reducing the effectiveness of your WD system. Hauling A full load of water on my last trip seems to have been the final test, even though it was a short distance it is bending more. The hitch is also very rusty. I`m afraid something could also break eventually. The hitch has been used quite a bit for 7 years now. I will update the thread after install and give my comparison of the two hitches. 181.00 with free shipping. Cheap insurance, IMO.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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I changed mine out for piece of mind. I found that the trailer tows better and I no longer here any strange noises.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #3
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I changed mine out for piece of mind. I found that the trailer tows better and I no longer here any strange noises.
Did you have a GM hitch?
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Last year I replaced mine with a class V 2 1/2" hitch better to have too much hitch than too little.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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snip.......I will update the thread after install and give my comparison of the two hitches.....snip
Lee,

After removing the old OEM receiver, place it next to the Curt on the floor and all your questions/concerns will be answered

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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Lee,

After removing the old OEM receiver, place it next to the Curt on the floor and all your questions/concerns will be answered

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Bob, I just hope my bolts are not frozen from salt water which is really nasty stuff, not a factor in Michigan I suppose. I do have an air impact wrench that should do the trick.
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Bob, I just hope my bolts are not frozen from salt water which is really nasty stuff, not a factor in Michigan I suppose. I do have an air impact wrench that should do the trick.
Several hours before trying the bolts, spray them well with Liquid Wrench. It's the best penetrating oil I've found for loosening up rusty bolts.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #8
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First day off in 2 weeks, I said I was not going to do any work. But that hitch was sitting there in my garage looking at me, soooooo I installed the new hitch today. It is much heavier and beefier then the OEM GM hitch, which was very rusty as shown in the pics and the receiver was bent upwards. No doubt it was time for a change. Past time actually. The Curt is about 1 1/4 inches higher so I will have to lower my hitch shank a hole to compensate.
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I still have to install the connector, but taking a breather first. Kinda hot out there. A couple more pics.
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Wow, that old hitch looked pretty tired!
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