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Old 08-07-2009, 12:39 AM   #1
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damaged hitch receiver

hello

i just bought a 2007 used chevy 2500 diesel with heavy duty tow package. the 2 1/2 hitch receiver was never used...

so i got my 25' international, picked it up, towed it 50 miles, pick it up an other day towed it 50 miles, all mostly on highway, some on surface street...

the dealer installed a equilizer hitch (who knows if he did it right ?)...

this is how the hitch looks like after about 100 miles... any comments why this could happen ?

thanks !
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:43 AM   #2
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Hi, the metal on some receivers is a bit soft and can/will, in time, beat the pin holes oblong. But I don't believe a 100 mile trip could do this. I think possibly you never noticed it before. It should have taken thousands of miles, while towing, to do this. Are you really sure it was never used?
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What brand and class of hitch is installed? The tack welds visible in the photograph don't inspire my confidence.

Oh and welcome to the forums too>

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Old 08-07-2009, 05:09 AM   #4
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I've got a Y2K Yukon XL 2500 with the OEM hitch and towing package...after 30,000 miles of towing a 31 foot trailer my hitch shows no wear. You say "the dealer installed an equalizer hitch..." ???? On GM trucks with the factory towing package the hitch is pre-installed. Why would the dealer need to install the hitch?

From the looks of the elongation of the pin hole, I'm thinking either the pin was undersized or of very poor quality steel.
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An undersized pin would allow draw bar movement which could definately be a contributing factor. Is there any corresponding deformation on the traiing edge of the hole?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:04 AM   #6
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Most 3/4 ton GMs have a larger receiver with an insert to reduce the receiver size to 2"....are you sure the Equalizer fits the receiver, or reducer if used?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:44 AM   #7
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From what I can see, I appears that the 2 1/2" to 2" "reducer" is in place, but it also appears as if the entire box assembly is twisted, as well as having the drawbar pinhole slightly damaged. Can we get a couple of more pictures a) from different angles, and b) slightly (but only slightly) greater distance?
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:06 AM   #8
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Your receiver is the OEM type and is of poor quality. That hole will only get worse over time. I have a 2007 3500 dually and the receiver was OEM just like the one in your picture. The hole wears fast. I believe I towed with mine about 4,000 miles and replaced it with an after market Curt receiver. GM just saved a couple of dollars and put these low quality receivers on most models. Just replace the receiver and you'll be happier.
Some people have a thick washer welded over the hole to stop the wear, but I figured it was safer just to get a new receiver. Depends on your pocket book.
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There have been posts about GM hitch receivers having cracks in them, so check the entire weight distributing system the receiver is attached to.

Retiredguy: he's talking about the hitch receiver which is on the truck as wearing. The Equalizer weight distributing hitch is an assembly between the receiver and the tongue. The word "hitch" gets used for both even though they are diffefrent and confused me for a while until I figured it out.

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My fathers 07 Chevy hitch receiver just plain broke. Luckily he was almost stopped when it happened. He replaced it with an after market heavy duty receiver. However to qualify my statement, he was trying to stop 20000# NH-3 nurse tanks. They don't have brakes. Its funny though that he has never had trouble with receivers before, and he has been pulling those types of tanks around for more than 30 years with his previous trucks. Wonder what those receivers are rated?
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Hmmmmmm ....

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Your receiver is the OEM type and is of poor quality. That hole will only get worse over time. I have a 2007 3500 dually and the receiver was OEM just like the one in your picture. The hole wears fast. I believe I towed with mine about 4,000 miles and replaced it with an after market Curt receiver. GM just saved a couple of dollars and put these low quality receivers on most models. Just replace the receiver and you'll be happier.
Some people have a thick washer welded over the hole to stop the wear, but I figured it was safer just to get a new receiver. Depends on your pocket book.
Hmmmmm... I've heard these stories, but dunno: I've got an '08 GMC 2500 LMM and have towed several tens of thousands of miles with it, towing HEAVY stuff (tractors, scrap steel, logs, etc.) as well as the Airstream. Because of these stories, I inspect my truck's hitch assembly regularly, and my OEM receiver looks just fine except for a little paint wear. No drawbar retainer pin hole elongation, no cracking welds, no nothing. I'm wondering if this WAS an issue that got fixed?

I'd still like to see more pictures from flmgrip.
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It could be that GM bought receivers from different suppliers and some were bad, some good.

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For everyones sake, lets hope GM corrected the problem.
It's great if some of you guys have no problems. Who needs to throw money at receiver manufactures for a replacement? I'd say just keep an eye on it.
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Flmgrip,

I had the same problem on our Suburban until I started using a straight hitch pin. I bet that you have a hitch pin that is curved on one end. For some reason the bent or curved end likes to "wallow" the round hole and turn in to an oval. We got our OEM hitch replaced under warranty and bought a straight hitch pin at a Tractor Supply and no problems for the last three years.
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