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Hey all!

In the works right now is a sedan tow hitch based on the old discontinued Draw-Tite.

These are my goals for this hitch:

1. Easy for the average guy to install with basic tools (no welding)
2. Stronger and more capable than the original Draw-Tite
3. Affordable

One of the biggest design differences will be the following:

I'm sure there are terms for this that I haven't learned yet, but on the Draw-Tite, the receiver tube is welded between two perpendicular pieces of steel. According to "my guy", it is much stronger to use one continuous length of steel with the receiver tube welded ON it.

Who would be interested in a hitch, and how much is it worth to you?

I hope to have a dozen of these, and I'm shooting for well below $300 retail.
 

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This idea sounds like an answer to hitches becoming more n more NLA for our cars, so surprising no replies. I'll be attending a tranny pan leaking gasket here soon, and I'll get some snaps of my Fleetwood's 'Hidden Hitch' for your use in comparing it v. your improved design.
 

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This idea sounds like an answer to hitches becoming more n more NLA for our cars, so surprising no replies. I'll be attending a tranny pan leaking gasket here soon, and I'll get some snaps of my Fleetwood's 'Hidden Hitch' for your use in comparing it v. your improved design.
I think it's just a matter of forum traffic.

I feel pretty confident that I will be able to sell a few of these, as long as I can keep the cost reasonable.
 

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I already have a hitch, but I see what you mean about the DrawTite receiver tube between two perpendicular tubes with a plate to tie it all together. I think they're made by Kurt, still available as shown here. There are a lot of applications listed, not only late B/D. Lists for $431, UHaul/Autozone sell for $200ish.
My ten-year old Class II from U-Haul (pn 65700, no longer listed but they used to make old p/ns on special request) may be more the concept you're intending. Here's the drawing. My only complaint about it related to the two end plates, which had unnecessary low spots--the circled 90-degree corners protruded below and behind the tube. I had to trim the excess off those plate corners to prevent scraping when backing out of an steeply-angled driveway (plus no more sharp steel points when working under there, too).

Hope this helps.
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I already have a hitch, but I see what you mean about the DrawTite receiver tube between two perpendicular tubes with a plate to tie it all together. I think they're made by Kurt, still available as shown here. There are a lot of applications listed, not only late B/D. Lists for $431, UHaul/Autozone sell for $200ish.
Do we know if they are actually in stock? Last time I checked, none of the bolt-in hitches for this platform could be purchased new. @Caddyshack95 had to have a hitch made from scratch.

Many sites list things, but then you place an order and find out they don't physically have it.
 

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WOW! And once again I get my head bit off by you for trying to be helpful! WOW!
When you say something that is completely wrong, how should I word my response? What did I say that was out of line?

Or is it just that you don't like being wrong?
 

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You have issues.

Nobody bit your head off.
My issues are I am growing tired of you being rude and acting like ONLY your idea is a good one! I offered up a solution that I had bookmarked and you tell me off. I am just going to leave your posts alone and move on. I do not need to get attitude each and every time I offer help. May you live a long and Happy Life Sir!
 

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My issues are I am growing tired of you being rude and acting like ONLY your idea is a good one! I offered up a solution that I had bookmarked and you tell me off. I am just going to leave your posts alone and move on. I do not need to get attitude each and every time I offer help. May you live a long and Happy Life Sir!
You didn't post an idea, you posted a statement that was factually incorrect.

You do this all the time. I could pull up 100 posts by you where you freak out and tell people to have a nice life.
 

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Anyway, back to tow hitches...

I hope for this to be the highest quality bolt-in tow hitch that you can buy for a sedan.

Since shipping will not be cheap for something this heavy, I will be willing to offer delivery and "local" meet-up options in the midwest.

I am also looking into offering in-house financing on all of my products, similar to Bill Harper.
 

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The big deal I see here is Michael sells pieces so a guy can make his own hitch .
The guy making his own hitch bares responsibility for the safety and suitability of his own hitch.
I have make one off hitches before , sure .

YOU Caddylack , are offereing to bring to market a finished bolt on product.
It's suitability, safety, responsibility , may fall directly on your shoulders.
This is where J684_201405 may come into play.
Especially in this litigation happy society we live in.

Sure a strong trailer hitch is a pretty simple endeavor to make and you think you are just selling some to your buddies on the forum,
But when good neighbor Sam has his Airstream tumble down an embankment you just know he will be looking for soneone to blame even if your uncertified hitch had NOTHING to do with it.
 
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