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Old 08-20-2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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My hitch receiver cracked.

So while I'm returning to Michigan from my winter stay in San Diego my reciever hitch cracked. I'm towing a 2014 Shockwave T24FQ MX Toyhauler & my tow rigg is a 1997 GMC Suburban 2500 with 454 vortec - heavy duty.

I didn't realize what had happened at the time but was aware something not good had occured as I noticed upon refueling the truck that the trailer tounge & ball assembly seemed to be a little lower than what me eyes were used to. Not much mind you but maybe an inch.......... At the time I chalked it up to 'inspect all down there when I get back 'home'.... hitch, shocks, springs, etc. blah blah blah........

Well when I got 'home' and got the trailer situated & settled back in on my piece of boondock heaven I looked 'downunder' and noticed a small but 2" long crack on the passenger side of the receiver and thought WTF! I dropped the Burb off at my mechanic and let him know bout the crack and that I needed a new hitch blah blah. The next day he calls me and asks me to drop by he's gotta show me sumpthin' and when I get there he shows me that the truck frame has buckled where the receiver is attached and that's what caused the hitch receiver to crack........ he continues that my burb needs to be sent to a frame repair fabrication shop where they can cut, fit, & weld reinforcing plates to get the strength back in the frame.

Bottom line 18 years of Michigan's winter salted roads had finally taken the toll on my 1997 Burb. I told my mechanic to forget it. It was still good to drive for me to work out of but don't tow anything. The next week I bought a brand new 2015 Ford F-250 Superduty that I'll use exclusively to tow my Shockwave till the Burb completely dies.........

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Old 08-20-2015, 08:09 AM   #2
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Your lucky to make it home with out incident. Yep ruff roads and salt will it your lunch. Later RJD
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:22 AM   #3
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I'm surprised about the frame being buckled, but the receiver being broke is not a shocker. It's been pretty common in GM vehicles for years.


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Heck, that would have been one funny utube video!
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:29 AM   #5
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I'm surprised about the frame being buckled, but the receiver being broke is not a shocker. It's been pretty common in GM vehicles for years.


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Really! Wonder why since GM does not make them, and the other companies probably use the same source. Just curious
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My father's ford 350 cracked as well and his mechanic said 8d it was common for them as well... I think it is just a thing that can happen to any vehicle under the right circumstances. But the op's sounds like it was the frame that caused the failure. I used to drive a diesel 2500 suburban for work. They were beasts.

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Old 08-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #7
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Just curious, how much weight was the receiver hitch rated for ?? There should be a sticker somewhere on the hitch that shows that.

What brand of WDH was used ??
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:53 AM   #8
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After (18 yrs) of Mich.salt you are hard pressed to have a Hitch Assy.let alone a Sticker! Youroo!!
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After (18 yrs) of Mich.salt you are hard pressed to have a Hitch Assy.let alone a Sticker! Youroo!!
Haha! How true.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:56 AM   #10
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I found a cracked hitch mount on mine shortly after we bought it.

I bought my 2001 Mirada last fall. I discovered a cracked angle bracket that the hitch was mounted to. It appeared to be old and I suspect most likely resulted from the previous owners maybe overloaded the hitch tongue weight (maybe one of those motorcycle carriers that plug into the hitch)

Anyway, I welded the crack and installed a 1/4 think angle bracket over the existing bracket to add additional reinforcement.

Cracked Trailer hitch mounting bracket | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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