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Old 08-15-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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1999 GMC Safari Hitch Sits 9" Off the Ground (no Load)

There is no way any travel trailer is gonna couple up to this and remain even semi-level. I would need about a 5" rise to bring the ball to the top of the bumper. Standard slide in ball mounts won't slide in far enough to align the pin hole because of the bumper. I tried an adjustable one but it just seemed awfully rickety! Also the instructions said I had to deduct a certain amount of tow capacity for each 2' increment that I adjusted upward...
Any help out there, assuming I have painted a clear enough picture of my dilemma?
I'm going to look for a different tow vehicle tomorrow but thought I would try to rig up the Safari first. It pulls the camper just fine (chains dragging!) and with an electric brake controller I'm sure will stop just fine. Not sure about stability since I really can't do any typical driving to properly test it until I install the brake controller. I am also looking at a weight distribution system.
I have towed a popup extensively, but this is my first experience at attempting to pull what I consider massive weight (compared to popup). I must say, I'm glad I started researching towing capacities instead of taking my dealers word on the idea that I could tow a 'behemoth' with my Chevy Colorado! The Safari has a better tow rating, but I'm not real sure of myself after reading a number of horror stories about guys trying to pull more than their vehicle was capable of!
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:59 PM   #2
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I went ahead and bought a Trailvision QB19. The dry weight is supposedly 3700 pounds (approx.). Again, all I have is the dealers word. I'm taking it to have it weighed today to be sure how much the dry weight actually is. Also will be test driving a Silverado 1500 and will use that to tow it to the scales...
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The camper weighed in at about 4500 pounds unloaded, so I went ahead and just traded up for a Silverado 1500. It pulls this thing like there is almost nothing there! The Colorado and the Safari were just too unstable I fear, besides the fact that either would have simply been worked to death!
Turned into an expensive venture, but I think it will be well worth it since camping has become our passion!
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The camper weighed in at about 4500 pounds unloaded, so I went ahead and just traded up for a Silverado 1500. It pulls this thing like there is almost nothing there! The Colorado and the Safari were just too unstable I fear, besides the fact that either would have simply been worked to death!
Turned into an expensive venture, but I think it will be well worth it since camping has become our passion!
Passion has been so hard for me to put a price on.

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