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Old 06-26-2007, 09:47 AM   #1
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Receiver Changeout

I need to upgrade the receiver on my 1991 Ford F250. The receiver on it now is rated at 7,500# with WD and my 78 Excella has a G.V.W.R. of 8,500#
My concern is that the existing receiver has holes drilled into the frame, and Iím sure the new receiver mounting holes will not be exactly the same.
What needs to be done to maintain the integrity and rating of the new receiver?
My TV has a max. trailer weight of 12,500 (18,500 G.C.W.R.).
  • Curt makes a class V receiver that uses a 2Ē shank (12,000#/14,000# WD).
  • Reese makes one that uses a 2 ĹĒ shank (12,000#/14,000# WD) (I really donít want to use a reducer to make it work).
  • Draw-Tite makes a class IV/V (10,000#/12,000# WD).
  • Any other brands you might like?
(Iím leaning towards the Curt receiver, but I donít know anything about them)!
I will be using a WD (Reese Straight-Line) set up for the Airstream, but I may use my truck to tow a flatbed trailer to pick up building material etc. and would like max. capacity without WD.

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Old 06-30-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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Competant help....

7xp -

Find the place in town/ near you that has the guys with "A REPUTATION" of being the best around....

Listen to what they say!

Filter and judge with a critical ear.... then decide what to get for your TV.... and its many uses....

I wouldn't think that a 'new' receiver would have different specs/ holes or weight ratings that the one that is currently mounted. Again, these are all questions for the 'experts' at the local shop.

Give it a whirl, heck you go where to go but UP!

my 02 cents



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Old 06-30-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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They can be swapped out pretty painlessly by a shop and even yourself if you have the tools and know how.

JCanavera (username on this forum) had the GM factory setup and when he traded in his Safari for a 30' Classic Slide out, the hitch weight was more than the factory hitch could support, so he had it swapped out for another one that could. Check with him on what he was told and went through. Might help.
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