Hitch for '03 Cargo

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Dayne66
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Hitch for '03 Cargo

Post by Dayne66 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:47 am

Looking at hitches:

https://www.amazon.ca/Reese-Towpower-06 ... 34&sr=8-25

https://www.amazon.ca/Reese-Towpower-51 ... 47&sr=8-27

and

https://www.amazon.ca/Draw-Tite-75122-M ... 34&sr=8-39


Looks like either will fit.

Will a full sized spare still fit underneath?

Do either stick out past the bumper to be a potential knee-knocker?

Does one 'tuck up' better...less of a chance of it getting caught on debris or a 'mound'?

Thanks in advance for any input!

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Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

Post by Captn. Crunch » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:44 pm

The first hitch you linked to has a bow to it that will match the curve of the rear bumper if that’s important to you but the other two have twice the frame mount surface and that’s a notable difference. The receiver on mine is tucked under the bumper cover and poses no obstacle. I never remove the hitch from the receiver so yes it will get a shin if you aren’t careful. A full sized tire will fit. I just put new tires on my 03 and the 235/75r-16 spare cradled right up with no issues
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Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

Post by Dayne66 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:54 pm

Thanks!

The one that's got a bow to it also has some other 'tabs' on it...maybe to attach to the bumper mount bolts for added support to make up for less frame mount points....am I correct?

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Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

Post by Captn. Crunch » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:32 pm

Exactly right. Either way you will be fine. I can’t recall anyone ever tearing their hitch off their van. Just make sure to re-torque your hardware after your first use.
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1994 Safari conversion (sold) and miss'n it!
1999 Safari SLE AWD junked
2003 GMC Safari AWD SLT
cast iron Torsen equipped front diff
S-10 leafs-G80 rear w/3.73’s
2” body lift w/Falken Wildpeak AT’s

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Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

Post by Bret Schmerker » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:41 pm

:bounce: I did some advance research on receivers for my M11006 and found two acceptable models offered by etrailer®. Ye know about the DRAW-TITE® Model 75122 (3500# gross / 350# tongue weight-carrying; 6000# gross / 600# tongue weight-distributing), incidentally my first choice on fit for an extended-length M-body. But additionally, CURT® has an optimum-strength, alignable offering in their Model C13035 (4000# gross / 400# tongue weight-carrying; 6000# gross / 600# tongue weight-distributing). Both use four M12-1.25 flange bolts, Class 12.10, on each side to attach to the unit body abaft the powertrain frame. Be advised that the C13035 is sized for standard-length M-bodies and may prevent tucking a 215/75R15-shod rim under the body on the stock spare-tire winch.
1997 GMC M11006 (Safari SLE, 2WD, V6-4300/4L60-E/7.625" 3.73:1 open)
Acquired Jul 2018 / In service Sep 2018 - present

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