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Old 08-21-2015, 06:06 AM   #21
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Salt or no salt, I'm still surprised. I would have thought the hitch would have let go before a frame buckling. The hitch and the frame are being exposed to the same salt, and the hitch is the weak point. Just do a Google search and you will see what I mean about GM hitches being weak.


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Hidden Hazards of Road Salt: Car Corrosion Can Take a Toll

No doubt I should have in retrospect washed the burb off a little more and had thee undercarriage sprayed with an undercoating more....... the burb has treated me better than I've tereated it. Also I would take pics of the frame buckling point but I don't know how to posst piks on here yet - I'm new.

Also, I don't know about GM hitches in general but I have no complaints with my burb: I was a boater for 25 years and for 12 years with this burb I towed a 35 foot Formula with twin 500 hp's for engines on a tri axle trailer.
The boat dry was 9200 pounds and the trailer itself weighted 3500 - thats 12,700 alone. With 150 gallon gas tank thats another 1000 pounds+ nnot to mention 40 gallon water tank and all the other stuff like two tons of BEER!! haha.
Seriously tho this burb has towed a lot in its life and I never had any probs with it till.........SALT CANCER did it in kinda.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:41 AM   #22
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Actually, if you do a search for GM/Ford/Chrysler hitch failures you get pages full; however, it looks pretty equal, other than the Jeep hitch recall that Jeep is still doing and NHTSA is starting to get nasty about.

GM, or the other vehicle manufacturers do not make their own hitches, and most likely purchase the same hitches from the same suppliers in some cases.

And then you begin to wonder is it a hitch problem or a weight problem. Someone overloading the hitch weight rating?
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:55 PM   #23
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Broke a 97 F350 once. Good reason to attach your break away cable to something other than the hitch.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:10 PM   #24
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Ahhh the infamous GM hitch failure scenario.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:11 PM   #25
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:51 PM   #26
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Heck, that would have been one funny utube video!
I can't stand it Everytime I read this I looze it I totaly f***ing looze it.
I luve morbid warpt senses uv humor........

It would be!! totally a good video.......
OMGThe F....

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Only if you live in the Northern states that use a lot of salt will this issue arise. I Have never seen this in all my years owning a Chevy truck cause I have lived out side the danger zone of salt. Later RJD
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:11 PM   #28
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Here are pix of my cracked receiver and where the frame buckled. Note that all is totally eaten by salt cancer.
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After (18 yrs) of Mich.salt you are hard pressed to have a Hitch Assy.let alone a Sticker! Youroo!!
This should have been called (SALT ATE MY HITCH)! Youroo!!
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