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Old 04-21-2007, 08:02 AM   #1
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Chevy Factory Hitch Problems

I have been reading on TheDieselPlace forums about folks having problems with the factory hitches on the Chevy trucks breaking (welds cracking). Just wondering if any here have experienced the same problem. I have an 07 3500 Classic with the factory hitch and tow a 22' International. Thanks for any insight. jk

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:04 AM   #2
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Chevy nor GM will openly admit this, but if you look at say a 2004 or 2005, and compare it to a newer one say late 2005, you will see they added an extra piece of metal. I have heard about the failures, but I haven't seen one yet.

I have one that should be squarley in the problem range, but haven't seen much of anything......yet.

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:18 AM   #3
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We have an 04 Chev HD 2500 and tow a 30' Classic. I routinely inspect it but have seen no evidence of a problem------pieman
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:32 AM   #4
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I had a 01 GMC that I traded last year, it was starting to crack at the welds. Look on Woodall's forum, there is a lot of info. there.
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:34 AM   #5
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We tow an '05 25' Safari with an '05 2500 Suburban. I watch ours carefully after a friend had this type of failure on his '06 Dodge Ram receiver. I have not seen any evidence of a problem on the Suburban yet.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions for either beefing up or replacing the receiver unit? I have been considering going with a CLASS V unit that J.C. Whitney sells.

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Old 04-21-2007, 09:31 AM   #7
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The failures that are discussed on Woodalls had a couple items that seemed to be common when the failures occured: Towing fairly heavy trailers +9000 pounds; and emergency stops while turning.

I think you will be 100% fine with your 22' CCD. I look over my hitch receiver and have never seen any issues.

As Silvertwinkie mentions, the GM hitch did change in design last year, going to a larger tubing with some additional bracing.
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Old 04-21-2007, 10:04 AM   #8
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So far I haven't noticed any problems with my hitch. I plan to keep an eye on it.

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Old 04-21-2007, 11:11 AM   #9
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I inspect everytime I put the Hensley stinger in and have seen no problems.
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The stock GM hitches will fail just above the square tube and around the tube. The attached pictures show how mine failed.
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Old 04-21-2007, 03:18 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info. i will keep an eye on it for now, as I don't tow a very heavy trailer. Down the road I will may look for an aftermarket replacement, just for piece of mind.

I am interested if anyone has found a way to reinforce the hitch where it fails.
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:15 PM   #12
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GM did put out an engineering notice on the hitch problem several years ago for certain models and years. I do not think there was a recall. If you take the truck into the dealer for service they are told to look for the problem. We did an inspection of all hitches as part of our safety inspection at one of our local rallies a couple of years ago. There was also a problem with some of the hitch mounting bolts pulling through the floor on some models. They solved that one with big washers on the bolts.
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:15 PM   #13
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We trade last summer for an 06 2500 GMC. Should have hooked the trailer up before I signed the sheet . My hitch is a round tube instead of square, because it goes around the spare. The receiver is square which hasa very sloppy fit. It flexes quite a bit and one can see it bend until the bars are drawn up. I took the whole rig to the dealer so they could see the flexing, but alas they were not even the bit concerned. I called GMC, but they said as long as there were not any recalls, they had no reason to be concerned. So far I've had no problems, but then it's supposed to be new.

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