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Junkyard hitch ID

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didn't find much info on draw-tite's website, all the hitches look a little different than this one. I pulled the hitch from gen1 ext cargo, all the bolt holes appear to match up on my 1999 passenger van, trying to figure out what class it is

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1999 Astro 7-Passenger Van
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Cadet Blue 4.3L V6
Rear A/C & Heat
RWD G80 posi with 3.42 gears
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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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Looks like a "class 2" to me. \:D/
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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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The one sticker says "V-5" on it, so that's my guess.

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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going off the tow ratings which are the max for our vans it is a class 3 hitch. It is nearly identical to the class 3 hidden hitch that I put on one of my vans a few years ago.
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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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Definitely a class 3 with WDH.
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

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Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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Thanks for all the help, I'll be towing a boat about 5000# wet so now I need to find a decent WDH system
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Rear A/C & Heat
RWD G80 posi with 3.42 gears
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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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It is not a weight distribution style hitch it is a weight carrying ball mount style hitch. There are no stabilizer bar mounting brackets.
Due to the lack of stabilzing bar mounting brackets you would go by the 3500lb load rating and the 350lb tongue weight.
If it accepted stabilizer bars then, yes you could tow a 6000lb trailer but this hitch is only designed to haul 3500lbs with 350lb of that 3500lbs on the ball.

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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The 350/3500 rating is the max for a class 2 hitch. \:D/
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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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Kabey's Van wrote:It is not a weight distribution style hitch it is a weight carrying ball mount style hitch. There are no stabilizer bar mounting brackets.
Due to the lack of stabilzing bar mounting brackets you would go by the 3500lb load rating and the 350lb tongue weight.
If it accepted stabilizer bars then, yes you could tow a 6000lb trailer but this hitch is only designed to haul 3500lbs with 350lb of that 3500lbs on the ball.

Peter
Yes and no. True it does not have the mounts for the WDH bars. It does however accept a hitch head that is part of a WDH. Hence the double rating.

From the Draw-Tite website...Linky. Check the WC/WD capacities listed.
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

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Great info, thanks a lot, can anyone recommend a decent WDH system?
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Federal Government Fleet Vehicle
Cadet Blue 4.3L V6
Rear A/C & Heat
RWD G80 posi with 3.42 gears
40,000 miles

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

Post by LiftedAWDAstro »

Look for one with sway control built in. Some examples:

Reese SC

Eqal-i-zer

These are just 2 examples.
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Re: Junkyard hitch ID

Post by slim724 »

Thanks again!
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1999 Astro 7-Passenger Van
Federal Government Fleet Vehicle
Cadet Blue 4.3L V6
Rear A/C & Heat
RWD G80 posi with 3.42 gears
40,000 miles
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