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Old 04-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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receiver hitch 2004 GMC

The original receiver hitch on my truck has a rating plate with two sets of info

1. weight carring says 5000lbs ...600 lbs tongue

2. weight distribution says 12,000lbs 1500lbs tongue

does it say with a weight distribution hitch it is rated for a maximum of 12000
pull weight and 1500 maxium tongue weight....?????

I am just double checking...trying to decide if i want to trust this OEM hitch or replace it with a Class IV Curt hitch ....

I have had the original hitch twist off once and replaced it with another OEM when pulling my previous airstream.and then pulled it another 50,000 miles

Having just purchased another airstream with a GVWR of 7300 lbs and a published tongue weight of 900 lbs.... I am wondering...It has a hensley hitch and previously i had a equalizer.....

and i know, on my previous airstream ..a 25fb ,after weighing it...i had a tongue weight of 1200 lbs.....so i believe this new trailer will have at least 1200 lbs on the tongue.....

so what do i do????
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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The numbers (15000# and 1500# tongue with WD hitch) say it is ok, however not all hitches are created equal, no matter what the numbers say. GM has had some issues with their original equipment hitch receivers in the past. There have been some posts showing photos of cracked and bent hitch recievers. I had a Suburban which had bolt issues where the original factory hitch attached to the frame.

If I had any doubt about it, I would consider having it replaced with a very stout one such as a Bulldog. BTW, most of the round tube hitch receivers are pretty prone to twisting and I would not use one of them, but even some of the square tube ones are not very strong in the long run.
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