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Old 02-28-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Life span of a hitch

Hey all! Got a quick question. I bought my Ford Explorer in 2000 and have been towing with it ever since. In the early years, I towed my 32' Sovereign with it but haven't had the heart to tow that in the last 4 or so years as it's 8900 dry weight and the SUV is undersized for that large a trailer. My question is.....how long does a hitch last before I should just replace the whole works? I live in Ohio and the winters are mighty salty here. I wire brush it and repaint every spring but there is usually quite a lot of rust build up despite that. I currently tow a 65 Caravel and a 23' Four Winns cruiser. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks all!
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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If you are able to brush off the rust and see no evidence of erosion of the underlying metal, the strengh of the metal is not compromised. IMHO
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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As long as the welds are holding and the structure of the receiver is still sound, it should be OK. Do check where the receiver bolts to the frame of the vehicle, and make sure that the fasteners are sound.

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8900 pounds dry?
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Dennis....discovered I was a bit off on that one. I think it's closer to 5,800. Of course if I shoved some of my fat friends in there....who knows :-)
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