Originally Posted by rostam
I have never heard of a hitch receiver deformation being normal wear and tear. Anyways, its good that you had it checked.
For the record, I have no problem if anyone decides to ignore vehicle towing specifications -- you are free to do what you want to do. What I take issue with is someone recommending others do that based on their personal experience (which clearly is not conclusive/comprehensive). You may do something reckless 1000 times and get lucky 1000 times -- other may get in trouble the first time around. I think there is an unwritten rule (violated by many folks in this forum) that when you make recommendations to others you should be extra cautious to make sure you do not put them in any trouble.
It's a 22'. I don't see any dangerous recommendations in the thread (OK, maybe I wouldn't do the minivan thing). Advice on the internet is worth the price you paid for it. Go see a dealer that specializes in towing and maybe take some RV driving lessons. Don't call your insurance guy and say "what happens if I do THIS?" Talk to actual people with a setup that looks solid. Good luck trying to hold someone on the internet responsible because you screwed up.
When I learned to fly an airplane I got in the seat and practiced. If I followed advice from all the flying forums I wouldn't be an "old pilot".