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Old 10-15-2007, 11:33 PM
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Just to let you guys know.....The scope poker run was actually two weeks ago and I live on the beach....Raw metal rusts over night!

And no, never rear ended, never backed into anything. The hitch company said this wasn't the first time they heard of this prob. thus going with guseted mountings.
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Might have been the cheap hitch Tim bought for it.

Tank next time bring in the professionals. you write the tickets and I'll tow the boats
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I had a 1996 chevy 3500 , the hitch did the same thing,Its just tore.

The Draw Tite guy said he see's it all the time , for me to upgrade to the class 5 hd rated at 15k.it was made out of a thicker metal than the one that came on the truck.


I found a pick of the new style hitch that come on the new chevys.they fial in a differant way
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Just to let you guys know.....The scope poker run was actually two weeks ago and I live on the beach....Raw metal rusts over night!

And no, never rear ended, never backed into anything. The hitch company said this wasn't the first time they heard of this prob. thus going with guseted mountings.
Dang, I'm going to have to check mine tomorrow. Good thing you married Kelly (for a number of reasons!).

Man, that must of been a clear day when you took that picture. Anacapa looks so close, you could throw a rock and hit it!

When can we do a SB run? Scot's itching to get that Baja back out in the ocean! I got a new job so I actually have to plan my time now!
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this aint good on the GM hitches

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Dang, I'm going to have to check mine tomorrow. Good thing you married Kelly (for a number of reasons!).

Man, that must of been a clear day when you took that picture. Anacapa looks so close, you could throw a rock and hit it!

When can we do a SB run? Scot's itching to get that Baja back out in the ocean! I got a new job so I actually have to plan my time now!
Al, I'm workin' f*ckin' weekend! But if you guys get the chance to roll out a few days I'm down for a Santa barbara run. Good time of year to run. That pic was taken almost exactly a year ago. That's what the water looks like tonight too. It's been REALLY nice here the last few weeks.


Strip, that hitch tear is SCARY!!
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this guy had a bad day

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Tank,
When your hitch was changed they used the original back bolts to remount the new hitch. I had a Reese Hitch installed the same way. I came across a forum saying that Reese used a larger sized bolts than the factory. When I called Reese they said not to use the factory bolts. The Reese bolts are bigger. Not sure if it's the same for your manufacturer.
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Al, I'm workin' f*ckin' weekend! But if you guys get the chance to roll out a few days I'm down for a Santa barbara run. Good time of year to run. That pic was taken almost exactly a year ago. That's what the water looks like tonight too. It's been REALLY nice here the last few weeks.


Strip, that hitch tear is SCARY!!

Ive been searching the net finding a lot of stuf on GM hitch failures.I not trying to jump your thread knowing its a different hitch, but it looks like the gov is investigating the newer GM style hitches. I will be looking at my hitch tomorrow!!!!

Looks like all GM hitches from 2001-2007 and up are made on the tube style

http://nhthqnwws111.odi.nhtsa.dot.go...92007-1234.pdf

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Well, the place I'll have replace this hitch is going to beef up the frame (using steele plates running along the frame) and upgraded nutts/bolts.

board member Tim Mccray owned this truck for a year before I bought it from him. the first thing he did was replace the stock hitch wit this one. At the time it was the biggest hitch on the market. He was worried about the truck (and hitch) towing a loaded straight bottom tiger with big power and's so he sold the truck to me and bought an F350 King Ranch.
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