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Welded on Class II hitch

Discussion in '2007 - 2010 Explorer Sport Trac' started by browns1964, August 2, 2011.

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  1. browns1964

    browns1964 New Member

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    Hey folks, need some help. Bought a 23' dual axle travel trailer (3300 lbs) to replace a pop-up camper. Current class II hitch is welded to the rear of the frame rails. New trailer has larger hitch ball. Dealer was going to install Class III hitch but since the old one is welded on how do I proceed? V6 Auto engine/tranny.
     
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    The aftermarket Class III mount below the factory Class II. So you will have 2 hitches.
     
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    JohnnyO Moderator Emeritus

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    And it's going to hang real low too. Seen one on a regular Explorer once.
    Two options:
    Order the Class III crossmember and hitch from Ford and replace the old one. Cost +/- $1000.
    Cut off only the Class II hitch and find someone who can weld really good. Cost a Benjamin or two, or maybe just a case of beer depending on who you know. The problem you may run into is that a welder may not want the liability these days.
     
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    I am facing this issue now, plan to have a welder flame cut out the 1 1/4" receiver and weld in a Curt 49060 6" long Class III weld on 2" receiver.
    Class II Hitch Front Cut.jpg
    Class II Hitch Rear Cut.jpg
    Curt 49060 Weld On.jpg
     






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