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Old 03-01-2017, 07:37 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Comes complete with rusting to crap in 5 years as well as twisting and what ever else it does. Curt or even Reese Class 5 will get you all fixed up. Only problem is cutting of the 7 pin connector. You can get it welded to the new hitch if you like.
Not sure which Curt hitch you are referring to. I could not find one for my direct application; they only referenced the cab/chassis when I put in my truck info. Also, the two they did offer, while very beefy, were needing to have the truck frame drilled; pita and not necessary. So I excluded Curt for these reasons. I'm not saying it's a bad hitch; to the contrary it looks very robust. But why risk a mis-match and/or extra work when other brands offer more for less?

Also, like I said, B&W has a good product too. Simple bolt-on and very good ratings. But it was more than the DT I bought. Why pay more for the same features and capacity?

So I bought the Draw-Tite #41944.


BTW, Reese and Draw-Tite are the same company; offer the same stuff with different brand names but same parent company. (Think of GMC and Chevy trucks ... both same GM design with different cosmetic items).
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Heck, even the websites are identical, except for some name branding. They both refer to the same catalog!

Here is the DT webpage for my application:
Draw-Tite - Class V Trailer Hitch
Here is the Reese webpage for my application:
http://www.reeseprod.com/products/tr...UeVGgCtjJ4lhFW
Note how the webpages start from different sites but end on the same product! Reese/DT are the same product. I got hitch #41944 from their "Ultra-Frame" series. Class V rated at 16k pounds; far more than I'd tow and more than the truck is "rated" for anyway.


As for the electrical connector, I emailed them and asked if it was OK to weld the mount to the hitch frame and they said it would void the lifetime warranty. Rather, I just cut the bracket off the OEM GM hitch, welded that to some angle iron, and then bolted that above the new hitch in the existing OEM bumper holes. Viola!



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Old 03-01-2017, 08:18 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Longbeds and shortbeds have a different bolt patterns for the hitch, so be sure which one you purchase otherwise you might be drilling some holes....

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Old 03-03-2017, 07:14 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Funny how only cc comes up on Curts website. I have their class V on my truck and if you go to Etrailer site they show them for your truck.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:43 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I did replace the hitch with the curt 15312 16k hitch and sure is nice heavy duty hitch.
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I put the curt 15703 commercial hitch on mine last week. Makes the stock hitch look like a toy. 18,000 lb with no wieght disb needed. Bolted on in 20 minutes.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:47 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Forgot to say the stock hitch on mine was a class 5 and used the 2.5 square. A reducer sleeve came with the hitch.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:29 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Any tips on drilling the frame for the Curt Class 5?

No, I don't have a lift! It'll be done in my driveway... if that's possible: upside down and thru-bolted.

Would a benchtop drillpress be useful if inverted? Carbide tipped bit suggested?
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:40 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Any tips on drilling the frame for the Curt Class 5?

No, I don't have a lift! It'll be done in my driveway... if that's possible: upside down and thru-bolted.

Would a benchtop drillpress be useful if inverted? Carbide tipped bit suggested?
I didn't have to drill any holes when I installed my Curt Commercial Class 5 Hitch. I used existing holes in the frame.
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:35 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I'd like to replace my hitch with a USA made Class 5 that has a 3" square. Any recomendations?
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