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Towing 9000lbs. with class III hitch

Old 02-21-2002, 10:47 AM
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Mack 312 picked up his new Suburban with every heavy Duty option known to man!!! The truck is rated over 10,000 lbs but the factory hitch is only class 3 !!! it has 4 mounting points. Now he has to buy a Reese class IV {6 mounting holes} What is GM thinking ???!!! They used to have a class IV factory hitch.
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:23 PM
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I thought that the Excursion used the same hitchs as an F250-F350, aren't they the same frame? A good hitch shop should beable to tell just by looking, if not park it nextto the same year pickup and take some measurements. Both Reese and Drawtite sell heavy duty hitchs that should fit, I have a Drawtite but if I had to do it over again I would get the Reese Titan-V rated at 12000/14000, it also has a 2 1/2" receiver but you can get adapters to use your old 2" draw bars for your lighter trailers.
Reese's on line catalog only goes up to 2000 but it does show 2 different width frames for the F250-350.
It's worth the money not to have something to worry about, a lot of people get away with the class3 hitches but they are an accident waiting to happen.
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Just spoke with the guy I bought my Reese Titan from for my F350. He said that last years book does show a Titan offering for an Excursion but it does not show up in this years book. He is going to call Reese and find out what is actually available. I'll let you know what I find out.

I called my buddy with the DrawTite on his Excursion, but he is out until next week.
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:53 PM
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THere is no hitch from Reese ,draw tite or any others that I know of that make a hitch for the EX. The one on there is actualy part of the factory designed frame ! YES ! It is a giant cross member that happen to look like a hitch . Some one said there was a custom one you can buy but I don't know where . If anyone finds it let me know .I am in the hitch buisness and would like info on it myself.
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Dan The Reese guy just called back and confirmed what boot said. Reese had released a hitch for the Excursion but didn't sale any and never actually built one. Unless my buddy comes through, looks like weight distributing and electric/surge brakes are the way to go.
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Old 02-21-2002, 08:07 PM
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I am a dealer for Draw Tite and Hidden Hitch. Just checked w/ both of them on the Excursion for a Class IV and V. No dice on either one.

Does someone know something I don't?

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Old 02-21-2002, 10:26 PM
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Wow!!! Look what I started!

Thanks guys for all your ideas.

Boot, I'll get in touch with you in a few days. My budget tells me to get the elec. brake actuator later, but I will look into a heavier duty hitch. My truck is a 2001 Yukon with a 5000/10,000 hitch. Who near us would give me the best deal on a new hitch? (you?)

You can e-mail me if you want. Thanks!

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