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Etrailer.com is selling a Class II trailer hitch for the 96 Caprice for $154.95 shipped. They do not have fitment data for 96 Impala, but will confirm it fits 96 Caprice.

Hitch is a Curt C12009

Anyone fit one of these or a similar one? Any issues with the dual exhaust? I'm being careful here because money is tight and shipping this sucker back would be cost prohibitive.

If you have time: any general thoughts on Class II hitches on our car? This is for a small trailer to haul around dirt/street motos, max total load 900 lbs, single axle trailer empty weight 400lbs.

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I've run a Class II Hidden Hitch on my FWB for 15 years. Thoughts on it are it's perfect for my needs with 300# tongue and 3,500# gross. The little trapazoid plastic cover hid it pretty well. I never had reason to haul anything 6,000# with the car to warrant a Class III. Sounds like you've done researching, but I think there's been a good deal of consolidation/Part No. changes and general shuffling of brands Reese-Hidden Hitch etc.. And definitely options dying for our aging tub.

An Impala SS is just a Caprice with different trim options. And you know to keep lotsa wt. on the tongue to keep from whiplashing. Those are always fun to watch - from well behind.
 

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I've run a Class II Hidden Hitch on my FWB for 15 years. Thoughts on it are it's perfect for my needs with 300# tongue and 3,500# gross. The little trapazoid plastic cover hid it pretty well. I never had reason to haul anything 6,000# with the car to warrant a Class III. Sounds like you've done researching, but I think there's been a good deal of consolidation/Part No. changes and general shuffling of brands Reese-Hidden Hitch etc.. And definitely options dying for our aging tub.

An Impala SS is just a Caprice with different trim options. And you know to keep lotsa wt. on the tongue to keep from whiplashing. Those are always fun to watch - from well behind.
Thanks boss, I'm going to give it a try along with some stiffer rear springs.

I appreciate all the feedback from both you and 94MSP9C1
 

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Hitch Fitment

Just some general suggestions for buying a hitch system.

The more generic a hitch is the more custom work will be required to make it fit. If it fits 91-96 B body Caprice it should be easy.

If it lists older cars as well you will working through a product with extra holes for other uses. Off topic some truck hitches are made to fit "the big three" over many years. These hitches may require frame drilling but you do not find out until you get the instructions out of the box.

If you have dual exhaust you should plan/budget for possible exhaust work. Few Caprices were dual and your car may not have stock exhaust parts. This may be why they list it for Caprice but not Impala. Another clue is when it say "not for police" or "not for SEO" My class II/III hitch is close to my aftermarket exhaust.

If you can, buy it locally so returns or missing parts do not become a problem.
 

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Sorry but I thought he also made them for the sedan. I guess I was wrong.

Mike--94MSP9C1
I've been in contact with him recently and he had a setback that prevented him from getting the cad drawings to the cutter.

I'm in line for two. :D

Jim
 

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another option, if you have a hitch shop in your area, is have a custom one made. Eckharts is the place in my area. I know of a few classic cars that had them so they can tow their classic tear drop trailers or uhauls for the Power Tour and they are as tucked away as they can be for the cars they are on.

Off the shelf ones I see for the 94-96 B-body are either sedan or wagon....but sedan does not list "Impala"...only Caprice.

1996 Chevrolet Caprice Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
 

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Yes, the Caprice sedan hitch will work on the Impala. The exhaust exits outside of the frame rails, so it will not be an issue. The hitches mount behind and within the width of the frame.

The rear portion of the frame on the wagon is wider than on the sedan, so a wagon hitch will not work unless it's specifically been designed to fit both frames.
 

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another option, if you have a hitch shop in your area, is have a custom one made. Eckharts is the place in my area. I know of a few classic cars that had them so they can tow their classic tear drop trailers or uhauls for the Power Tour and they are as tucked away as they can be for the cars they are on.

Off the shelf ones I see for the 94-96 B-body are either sedan or wagon....but sedan does not list "Impala"...only Caprice.

1996 Chevrolet Caprice Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
Thanks for all the guidance folks. I decided to take the leap and order this Curt unit (C12009) from etrailer.com. Class II, 3500 total trailer weight, 350lb tongue weight. They couldn't guarantee it'd fit (no guidance from Curt either), but I've used them before and felt confident they'd work with me so decided it was worth the risk.

Fit and finish is good, cleared dual exhaust with plenty of room to spare. Only thing I'd mention is had to enlarge the bumper mount bolts using the same drill bit that I used to drill the frame holes as their hardware was 3/8 and the older hardware was a little smaller. Took 2 minutes.

Happy with the result, and $155 shipped cannot be beat. Added the Curt C45522 drawbar with a 3 7/8" rise that was recommended by Curt for our cars, looks to be about perfect. Haven't installed wiring harness yet, will confirm that it works soon.

Again, thanks for all the replies and guidance - hope this helps someone in the future.
 

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Yes, the Caprice sedan hitch will work on the Impala. The exhaust exits outside of the frame rails, so it will not be an issue. The hitches mount behind and within the width of the frame.

The rear portion of the frame on the wagon is wider than on the sedan, so a wagon hitch will not work unless it's specifically been designed to fit both frames.
You were right, thank you sir.
 

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Update with photos :)

Thanks for all the guidance folks. I decided to take the leap and order this Curt unit (C12009) from etrailer.com. Class II, 3500 total trailer weight, 350lb tongue weight. They couldn't guarantee it'd fit (no guidance from Curt either), but I've used them before and felt confident they'd work with me so decided it was worth the risk.

Fit and finish is good, cleared dual exhaust with plenty of room to spare. Only thing I'd mention is had to enlarge the bumper mount bolts using the same drill bit that I used to drill the frame holes as their hardware was 3/8 and the older hardware was a little smaller. Took 2 minutes.

Happy with the result, and $155 shipped cannot be beat. Added the Curt C45522 drawbar with a 3 7/8" rise that was recommended by Curt for our cars, looks to be about perfect. Haven't installed wiring harness yet, will confirm that it works soon.

Again, thanks for all the replies and guidance - hope this helps someone in the future.
 

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I know I am asking a lot here, but could you post some install pics from underneath. I just ordered the same exact hitch, and planning to tackle the install soon.

Did you trouble fishing through the u-bolts, or did you have to drill the frame etc?

I think photos from the underside will clear these questions up for me.

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I know I am asking a lot here, but could you post some install pics from underneath. I just ordered the same exact hitch, and planning to tackle the install soon.

Did you trouble fishing through the u-bolts, or did you have to drill the frame etc?

I think photos from the underside will clear these questions up for me.

Thanks
Sorry boss, got a busy month ahead of me so cannot accommodate your pic request; here's all you need to know.

Four operations to complete:

1. Remove bolts for rear bumper support. If hardware supplied is too large to fit through said holes, widen them with the appropriate drill bit.

2. Raise hitch up to meet body of car, install hitch on bumper supports but leave bolts loose.

3. Drill pilot holes through frame (using hitch as template) as close to center of frame rail as possible. Lower hitch, drill 4 holes total through frame using appropriate drill bit. The 2 u-bolts install easily into the newly drilled holes, no wire fishing.

4. Raise hitch (would have been nice to have help here but I didn't) to meet body of car, takes a little finesse to raise hitch up while allowing the threaded end of u-bolt to go through the correct hitch holes. Install nuts on u-bolt and torque all six fasteners to 45 ft/lbs.

Link to instructions

Easy job - as soon as you get under there you'll see how it works.
 
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