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Old 04-09-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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hitch Receiver reinforcement shops in California/Bay Area

Hello does anyone have recommendations on hitch Receiver reinforcement shops in California/Bay Area?


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Old 04-09-2016, 02:33 PM   #2
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Hello does anyone have recommendations on hitch Receiver reinforcement shops in California/Bay Area?


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What is the issue with your receiver ?

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Old 04-09-2016, 04:12 PM   #3
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Send Bono a private message. He has done a lot of research.

CanAm has a reference for guy down in LA, but I have not sen his work.

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Depending on your tow vehicle, you may do better doing it yourself. I have had two 2500 Suburbans, an '04 and an '05. The OEM receiver welds failed on both of these vehicles. I replaced both with Class IV Reese receivers. I bought them on line and installed them myself. On these GM trucks it was a bolt-on situation.

Because it was a safety issue, the GM dealer offered to replace the failed receivers under warranty. I declined as the only unit he could replace them with was the same junky Class III receivers that came with the trucks.

Both these Suburbans pulled our Airstreams many thousands of miles with the Reese Class IV receivers without any issues.

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If a bolt on solution will work for you, contact Mobile Living on Concord Blvd. They have been quite helpful.

BAASA recommended Sierra Truck and Van in Fairfield when I discussed a source for hitch installation with them.

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Mid-night Automotive in Redwood City. Last year OP had BMW X5, so I assume it is about reinforcing hitch in this car.

I just place on order (finally) on SOB 6,400 lb dry, 33 feet trailer. I will report back in August how it tows.
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Mid-night Automotive in Redwood City. Last year OP had BMW X5, so I assume it is about reinforcing hitch in this car.

I just place on order (finally) on SOB 6,400 lb dry, 33 feet trailer. I will report back in August how it tows.

You are correct, its for a BMW X5 2014.


Thanks lll check out Mid-night Automotive! Will they know what to do if i call them up or do i need specific instructions for them tor reinforce the receiver?


Bono what is your setup, or planned setup?


I was also wondering if you have any idea whether my dynamic dampener /rear axle suspension will give me any issues when using WD?



CanAM recommended using a drawtite class III receiver, I have heard most people use the OEM for BMW but at 2k the price is ridiculous! Any thoughts on why i cant use the drawtite with reinforcing?

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2014_BMW_X5.htm
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I understand that the OE hitch for F15 is different design than the one for E70. Therefore, CanAm is recommending aftermarket hitches, which are similar to E70 design and more capable to support WDH forces with reinforcement.

If you go with aftermarket hitch for F15, Luis at Mid-night Automotive will know what to do.
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I understand that the OE hitch for F15 is different design than the one for E70. Therefore, CanAm is recommending aftermarket hitches, which are similar to E70 design and more capable to support WDH forces with reinforcement.

If you go with aftermarket hitch for F15, Luis at Mid-night Automotive will know what to do.
awesome thank you! Ill give Luis a call.
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Bono, talked with Luis today and hell be doing the install , thanks for the recommendation!

I was hoping you could answer another question. Ill be getting the aftermarket hitch but understand i need the OE wiring harness. Do i also need the wiring module that seems to be a separate item? Have any recommendations on online places to obtain those items?

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What are you planning to tow with this hitch? Will you be using a WD hitch? Are you sure the BMW frame will support a WD hitch?

The one mentioned above from E trailer might handle an empty garden trailer.
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What are you planning to tow with this hitch? Will you be using a WD hitch? Are you sure the BMW frame will support a WD hitch?

The one mentioned above from E trailer might handle an empty garden trailer.
Towing up to a 34' air stream, WD yes, reinforcement yes. The BMW will handle it

Why would you say that a 6000lb rated hitch would only handle a garden trailer?
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Good luck with this configuration. We all hope your reinforcement is done correctly this time.
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Jack - yes, you need the module as well as the wiring harness. Concord BMW can provide them. GetBMWparts.com price looks similar. Ask BMW service for the wiring diagram to connect the 7 conductor plug. Pat
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