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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 08:27 PM
Ed9C1
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Has anyone out there ever had a hitch installed on their 9c1 or impala ss????

I heard that there is a hitch that can be bolted right onto our frame without drilling any holes in it, and that saves a whole lot of money in labor.

any ideas where to go or who sells them......does uhaul stock the bolt on hitch?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 09:14 PM
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A "Hidden Hitch" class 2 looks & works good on my 95 SS. Fairly easy to install.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 08:10 AM
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Greetings -

I have a DrawTite Class IV hitch on my SS. It's not nearly as 'hidden' as the hidden hitch. But it is probably the strongest one out there - due to its design and proportions - The Drawtite is massive. It probably weighs a good 80 pounds. And when coming out of a steep driveway, you'll be scratching up concrete big time. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Only get the best hitch equipment available. If you're just going to tow a Jet ski or small pop-up, then most any hitch made for our cars is probably fine. But if you think you want to tow another car, or a real travel trailer, then only get the best. Get the best wiring (with relays), the best Plug, the best electric brake controller (or surge) and make sure your vehicle brakes are in top condition.

There has been quite a bit of info posted on this site about towing, if you want specifics, just do a search. Probably the three main Hitch makers are Reese, Hidden and DrawTite. And it's kinda like Ford, Chevy, Dodge - people have their favorites. If you were going to get a Class II, Hidden would probably be the easy / best choice. But if you want a 'full size' hitch I'd stick with DrawTite. I don't know what brand U-Haul carries, I have a feeling it's Reese - they are usually the least expensive. I've never been that happy with Reese, and in the applications I've tried (at work) they never seem to fit without a little 'help' or adapters. Now we exclusively use DrawTite. They cost more, sometime ALOT more, but man are they built tough and they always fit right. Not an ad or anything, just my experience. [img]smile.gif[/img]
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 09:56 AM
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I'm running the Drawtite Class III right now, looks pretty good and hangs no lower than the tail pipes.

Strongest hitch would be the Putnam 25026. It is the only one I know of to handle 5000 Lbs weight carrying.
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 12:46 PM
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I recently had a Reese hitch installed. Sits well under the bumper and not very intrusive. It's rated for 6000 lbs. I use it to pull the toy hauler/camper. Trailer weighs just under 5000 lbs. loaded. I use a weight equalizing system and anti-sway control.

I see an F250 or Excursion diesel in my future.



post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 03:20 PM
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Just to clarify, the Reese wagon hitch is rated at 3500Lbs weight carrying / 6000 Lbs weight distributing, 91-96 Sedan hitches are rated at 3500 WC / 7500 or 8000 WD

Putnam is rated at 5000 WC / 10000 WD.
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 04:32 PM
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whoops! My hitch is rated for 8000 lbs weight ditributing. The car is only rated for 5000 lbs trailer weight.

Reese does have a hitch for our cars rated for 10,000 weight distributing......but what's the purpose?
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 05:01 PM
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Say you want to occasionally haul a 4200 Lb boat that does not have a WD setup. You would be overstressing any hitch except the Putnam...
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 05:59 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wayne Bengston:
Say you want to occasionally haul a 4200 Lb boat that does not have a WD setup. You would be overstressing any hitch except the Putnam...
And you'll be bouncing off the suspension stops over anything but a smooth road, not to mention the 3 inches of sag at the wheel well.

What's the purpose?
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-21-2003, 06:37 PM
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Bounce is reduced with heavy duty shocks. Sag is eliminated with Airlifts. Not something I'd want to do every day, or for long distances, but for occasional use...
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