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Old 12-02-2008, 10:47 AM   #29
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Greetings Globie64!

I don't know whether your Dart's owners' manual included the design parameters for the weight distributing hitch platform, but the attached file has the basic parameters. Since factory built trailer hitches weren't as common in the '60s as they are now, Chrysler included the diagrams so that you could have a qualified welder construct an appropriate receiver hitch.

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Kevin, that is a well designed hitch in the illustration you provided.

It is similar to the custom Can Am built hitch we have on our vehicle. This design is very rigid and ideal for transferring weight to the front wheels without flex.

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Old 12-02-2008, 11:09 AM   #31
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Greetings RoadRuler!

I have been very pleased with the performance of the hitch illustrated. The welder who fabricated the hitch on my '65 Dodge Coronet 500 used the Chrysler suggested design. After more than twenty years of use, it is still going strong!

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Very Good Kevin. This type of hitch design is a good example of how some of the old school ideas actually work better than most current offerings.
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BTW, his towing MPG was about the same as my 1500 Suburban I had at the time.
The key there is towing mileage.

The other 95% of the time (unless he's a full-timer) he probably does 50 to 70% better than you.

Gotta admit though, a Suburban is a real comfy livingroom.
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My buddy bought one of these brand new (same colour too) and added a turbo charger to the slant six. The turbo was off a Corvair. Was as quick as the local V8 muscle cars and spent some time at the Toronto Drag strip.

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does anyone out there tow a 25fb with the new mercedes GL320 blue tec ? The specs say the max weight is 7500....when not towing it can get up to 23-24 mpg.....thanks, randy miller
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Hey Overlander, thanks for the diagram! I'll see if I can get something like that put together.

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