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Old 06-08-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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Check your Chevy Factory Hitch

I got a call today from my good friend ZoominC6. He knew that I had a 2005 3/4 ton Chevy Suburban. According to his Airstream dealer there has been several cases where the weld on the receiver has come loose. Well on ZoominC6's advice I checked my receiver and it did look like the weld on one side had come loose. I went straight to my Chevy dealer and he is putting a new receiver on while I wait.
Has any one else out there had their Chevy receiver replaced? Or have you checked your factory receiver and seen any unusual rust at the weld locations?
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I had heard of this happening on older (pre 2004.5 models) and check mine frequently but have not seen broken welds or cracks. I have just upgraded to a Hensley with the new trailer and wondered if it was putting any additional stress on the receiver. Can you describe where yours was broken in greater detail?
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Wow, thanks for that bit of info. I'll go check ours, and will continue to do so from now on.
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:16 PM   #4
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Read all about it..... in pages of detail.

http://www.trailerlife.com/cforum/in...d/15852601.cfm

OR...... just dump the Gm junk and replace it with a receiver that is up to the task, whatever that may be.
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:31 PM   #5
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On sound advice we're dumping our GM hitch for a Reese Class V Titan. Our Hensley was installed this morning and our technical staff at Roger Williams Airstream advised us that the Hensley puts additional stress on the hitch. We're going to a Class V and reducing down to a Class IV shank, having it welded on the back side to the receiver. We had no issues with the GM hitch on our '04 using the standard weight distribution hitch. We closely monitored the GM hitch on that truck for cracks in the welds and any rust in those areas after hearing there were issues with the GM setup. With the addition of the Hensley, this change seemed the prudent thing to do for peace of mind if for no other reason.
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Mine says it is a class V Talon, has the plate in the middle and looks fine.

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We're going to a Class V and reducing down to a Class IV shank, having it welded on the back side to the receiver.
Zoomin,
Why are you reducing yours to a class IV shank?

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Old 06-08-2006, 09:46 PM   #7
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We're following instructions of the Hensley installer and I can only assume it's because the Hensley is Class IV rather than the larger Class V setup. I believe a Class V is larger than the 2" X 2" Class IV but someone familiar with the heavier rigs can correct or confirm this. I'm happy to have the pros advise me with this Hensley rig and glad that I didn't install it myself or I'd still be messing with it. As it was, it only took a couple of hours at the most.
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I had heard of this happening on older (pre 2004.5 models) and check mine frequently but have not seen broken welds or cracks. I have just upgraded to a Hensley with the new trailer and wondered if it was putting any additional stress on the receiver. Can you describe where yours was broken in greater detail?
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Ken,
My receiver was not broken, only rusty on the right side where the receiver support was welded to the cross tube. It looked like the weld might have came loose or was not welded correctly from the factory. I do have a Hensley and will continue to watch the same place very carefully in the future. We did tow 200 miles this weekend and I have not seen any change in the new factory hitch.
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We're following instructions of the Hensley installer and I can only assume it's because the Hensley is Class IV rather than the larger Class V setup. I believe a Class V is larger than the 2" X 2" Class IV but someone familiar with the heavier rigs can correct or confirm this. I'm happy to have the pros advise me with this Hensley rig and glad that I didn't install it myself or I'd still be messing with it. As it was, it only took a couple of hours at the most.
IIRC some Class V hitches use a 2.5" square receiver. Putnam uses 2" square, same as the Class IV, however you do have to be careful that the drawbar is heavy enough for the load being carried. But I have found that the vehicle that the hitch is attached to is usually the limiting factor.

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We're going to a Class V and reducing down to a Class IV shank, having it welded on the back side to the receiver. .
FYI, Hidden Hitch builds a Class V receiver that doesn't require a reducer. One of the reason's I went with the Hidden Hitch when I needed to upgrade my van's receiver due to the heavy hitch weight of my slide out.

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