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Old 01-24-2005, 07:07 AM   #11
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beater truck + hitch problems =

Bonnie + hitch problems =
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:52 AM   #12
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who has one and lets see some pics.

i want to get a pair or quad in the future and i want a hitch but somehow i want it hidden so when its not in use it not seen are those even made?
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edit... ooops, didn't answer the rest of the question,

I tow a 28 foot racing sailboat, boat weighs 965 pounds, trailer probably weighs 350, so probably pulling 1,300 pounds. I do take it easy on the car when doing this, that is nothing over 70, baby it up hills and only stomp on it when I'm in danger of getting run over.

Rats... edit #2... rest of the answer, bought it and had it installed by UHaul when the car was new, they did a nice job, hitch has not rusted, only two holes drilled in the frame, doesn't interfere with the mufflers, cost wasn't bad, less than $200 if I remember correctly.

One thing you should watch though is.... that while the car has lots of power, if you are trying to get across a busy road and stomp it, it will smoke the tires and worse yet, won't go anywhere very fast... and will scare the livin' *... outta' ya.
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I have a hitch on my 99. I think it cost me about $250 from U-haul....included the wiring. I'll snap some pics later for you.

I regularly tow a SeaDoo in the summer three hours one way on the weekends. Total weight is under 1000 lbs. This past fall I towed home a garden tractor from NY. The total weight of that trailer and cargo was about 1,500. That was pushing it. I never let it drop into overdrive so the RPMS hung around 3000.
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http://www.mygmlink.com/pdf/go2conte...bonneville.pdf

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If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer

If you do, here are some important points:
 There are many different laws, including speed limit
restrictions, having to do with trailering. Make sure
your rig will be legal, not only where you live but
also where you’ll be driving. A good source for this
information can be state or provincial police.
 Consider using a sway control. You can ask a hitch
dealer about sway controls.
 Don’t tow a trailer at all during the first 1,000 miles
(1 600 km) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine,
axle or other parts could be damaged.
 Then, during the first 500 miles (800 km) that you
tow a trailer, don’t drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and
don’t make starts at full throttle. This helps your
engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in at the
heavier loads.
 Obey speed limit restrictions when towing a trailer.
Don’t drive faster than the maximum posted speed
for trailers (or no more than 55 mph (90 km/h)) to
save wear on your vehicle’* parts.
Three important considerations have to do with weight:
 the weight of the trailer,
 the weight of the trailer tongue
 and the total weight on your vehicle’* tires.

Weight of the Trailer

How heavy can a trailer safely be?

It should never weigh more than 1,000 lbs. (450 kg). But
even that can be too heavy.

It depends on how you plan to use your rig. For
example, speed, altitude, road grades, outside
temperature and how much your vehicle is used to pull a
trailer are all important. And, it can also depend on any
special equipment that you have on your vehicle.
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Geeze, I always get nervous whenever I see a car pulling a trailor.
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A trans cooler and possibly a trans temp gague would be a must
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Guess I'll jump in again...

I don't think you will have a problem here in the midwest. I wouldn't try dragging a significant trailer across the mountains with a SSEi, nor would I try dragging a trailer with a lot of windage at high speed.

My '98 Vette was an automatic and the DIC could display the tranny temp and the temp never went up unless I was in the mountains or really driving the h... outta' the car. So, my gut tells me that in the good ol' flat midwest a car has room to haul a reasonable trailer without pushing limits.

I haul my boats with the SSEi and have never had any kind of problem with the car, trailer related or other. I treat my cars like members of the family, they are always clean, use Mobile One oil... would not dream of abusing 'em... but I do tow the boats with the SSEi. Both boats are in 1,200 to 1,500 pound range. I'm just careful not to push it when it come to speed and hills.
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I'm just careful not to push it when it come to speed and hills.
I agree... IMO, common sense is the #1 key to towing successfully. Don't push the car and be sensible with the load sizes and acceleration/braking practices. I am yet to have one problem with 99 at 98K, and I tow fairly regularly.
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Here are the pics of the one on my 99. Never mind the road rash! I've never posted pics of this car before (I think the color is somewhat rare...only seen very few of them!).

Side view:


Rear view (hard to tell...it was getting dark):


Rear angle view:
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UGH! I dunno why they don't work. I have a helluva time posting pics here. Frustrating...
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