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PostSubject: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:11 pm

Does anyone have a hitch I can use or buy for cheap to install on my caprice? I am looking to hook up one of those uhaul trailers and tow a large sedan.
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:18 pm

One of the roadies at the yard had one I think, if you want I can go scope it out.
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:01 pm

I have the the hitch but not the reciever...
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:00 pm

First of all, if you are going to pull a car and trailer, or car and dolly, you need a class three reciver and hitch. I am looking for one as well for the wagon.

Also, do not use overdrive, and you should not go over 55 mph
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:15 pm

GasTT wrote:
Does anyone have a hitch I can use or buy for cheap to install on my caprice? I am looking to hook up one of those uhaul trailers and tow a large sedan.

What ya hauling??? ;-)
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:52 pm

I am hauling a trailor queen lol

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I have the the hitch but not the reciever...

So you have the actual hitch itself? Is it a class 3?
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:14 pm

I have a class 3. 2" reciever good for 5000 pounds, 10,000 with weight distribution setup. I think it's made by Putman.

$75 plus my costs associated with getting it to you. I'm located in central Maine.

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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:16 pm

Steve I will have to take you up on that. I may just come get it myself. I will let you know.
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:35 pm

GasTT wrote:
Steve I will have to take you up on that. I may just come get it myself. I will let you know.

May make a nice day trip for you and Kayla. She could use a long nap anyways. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:11 pm


Careful on U-Haul trailer, they will want to know what you are towing and what vehicle you are towing with. They have a check thing online.

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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:35 pm

yea ill tell them im towing a yugo. my caprice can handle anything im sure with a class 3 hitch.
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PostSubject: Re: ...hitch...   Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:28 am

I haul for a living, boats, cars, trucks, you name it, my truck has probably hauled it.

The trick is, don't load the tongue to much, 200 give or take pounds, you want just enough to make it nose heavy not tail heavy. That swaying action sucks ass, when shes stern heavy.

What most people don't realize is brakes, give yourself 10 car lengths, you can haul anything with your caprice, its stopping that usually does the damage, and downshifting will help, but puts a ton of strain on the trannys.

Trannys, i put about 15k a year on just hauling stuff, and i have never smoked a tranny, not one. Don't use OD, pick a route that won't take you through the mountains, 50-55 on the highway is a good run pulling anything, good torque area, expecially a 4l60e imho. If your hauling the limit of that the car will haul, stop every 50 miles, let it cool down, check the oil.

Tiedowns, chains, and straps, all 4 corners, always.

When i haul a distance, i take a spare for the truck, trailer, jack (3000 pound), 4 way, 1/2 braker bar with lugnut sized sockets.

Preperation is key on a long haul. Take your time.

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