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Old 05-01-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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Who Else Besides Can-Am Reinforces Hitches?

Hello, I have a Mercedes GL450 with the factory tow package. Wanting to pull an AS FC 25FB. I spoke with Can-Am and they do this all the time but I live in New Mexico. Thats a long way from Canada. Im looking for recommendations on who else does this type of work.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:36 AM   #2
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You need a pic of a hitch already reinforced so it can be duplicated in NM.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:45 AM   #3
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I would think that most installers in the USA would consider it a liability issue and would not consider such modifications. The U.S. is just too law suit crazy. If you really want to go to that extreme measure you might just have to make the journey north.
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Make it a vacation. Canada's a great place to visit.
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I'd be curious of anyone stateside too. We'll be in Syracuse, NY in June and I thought about driving to Can-Am, but I hear they have a wait list.

As for the installer liability, if it's already installed, and you can find a welder to do the work, that might be the better route than an actual dealership.
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Unless CanAm can provide a drawing with specifications to guide a another shop's welder in your area how would you know if the work was done correctly?

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Cliff's Welding Shop in Mesa, AZ installed a custom hitch and tow attachments to our van/Samurai combo some years ago so we could camp and explore remote areas. They do all kinds of hitches and our experience was very good with them.

You need to give them a description and picture of the reinforcement steel tube from your receiver and attached back toward the rear axle to prevent twisting of the receiver when weight distribution is applied. A simple reinforcement, there have been several pictures posted on this forum.
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Rich Luhr, editor and publisher of "Airstream Life," had the hitch on his Mercedes reinforced. Here's his column about the work: http://maze.airstreamlife.com/?s=hitch+reinforcement
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You could contact Canam and see if they will do the consulting work and inform a local welder on what to do.
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My info on this is that CAN AM just add some extra braces to stop sideways wiggle, and by stressing the hitch into its desired tilt ( up or down) if necessary the braces hold the torsion bar in rigidly in place.

My hitch was tilted up so they put a bar in it and pried it down to level and welded braces from the hitch torsion bar to the truck frame. Rock solid compared to the original OEM bolted connection

However for uni-body vehicles that is a different matter and I've never actually seen what they do.. There is usually some extension frame for the bumpers but they must also add extra bracing to the uni-body panels to distribute forces rear to front when equalizers are taken up.

I would expect that any good hitch provider and installer could do the same thing. You just need to shop around a bit

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Re hahnstaed's Mercedes post. That treatment is exactly what CANAM did for the owner of the Honda Ridgeline when he bought my '89 Excella

As noted the trick is to find a way to spread the torsion on the rear hitch location

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In my neck of the woods, Accurate Trailer Hitch & Welding in Santa Clarita, CA will do it. They do all sorts of receivers & hitches. I just spoke with them about reinforcing the hitch & receiver on my Ford F350 & found them to be knowledgable and reasonable.
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If you happen to make it to Metro-Seattle, Glenn's Welding modified my stinger a number of years ago. Great shop. Experienced staff. No questions asked either.

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Make it a vacation. Canada's a great place to visit.
Yes by all means come on up and see us. The igloos have just melted in Southwestern Ontario so we should have the hydro up and running once Red Green duct tapes the intake pipes for the generators.

Also a 20-25% bonus for all Americans who visit us these days with our monopoly money taking a hit these days compared to the greenback.

Word of caution re firearms to Canada. Long guns and shotguns are just fine as long as you have a FAC and remember to declare all guns and ammo at the border (better still if you visit the Canadian goverment website for the forms to fill out first BEFORE you get to the border)......Try to bring a handgun across the border will net you a oneway ticket to Baffin Island to feed the Polar bears, if you know what I mean. Handguns are a huge no go and you don't want to get caught with one.

Have a great stay.

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