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Old 04-13-2012, 02:15 AM
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Reese Hitch

Got a hitch question I'm wondering if anyone may know. I have an opportunity to pick up a Reese hitch for $50. The catch is the guy got it for his 2003 Chevy and I have a 2006 Ford. Anyone know if these hitches are universal or are they model specific? Thanks
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Ones that I have used were model specific.
You should cross check the model number of the hitch between the two
Different trucks.

Frame width and mounting points may vary.

An F150 hitch that I installed once had a notch to avoid a bolt in the
Frame.

Or

If the hitch is available, mock it up to see if it fits.
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It probably will not fit. Most, if not all, Reece brand hitches are vehicle specific. You might could make it work, but with a hitch the proper equipment is the best way to go.
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Went over and looked at it, it doesn't look like it will fit with the current mounting brackets, however if I can find the proper brackets I may still consider it because its a pretty good deal.
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Check out this item I found on eBay:

2006-2008 LINCOLN MARK LT PICKUP, 2006-2008 FORD F-150

Link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-2008-LI...-/180713370075

Try this, its made for your truck
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Went over and looked at it, it doesn't look like it will fit with the current mounting brackets, however if I can find the proper brackets I may still consider it because its a pretty good deal.
Why?

Go to U-Haul and get theirs for $100-150

Go to any parts store and get the proper Reese for maybe $200

Trust me, that money you "saved" will be spent trying to adapt that hitch...and ultimately it won't be nice looking or worth the headache
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The Reese hitch for a Chevy won't work on the F150. They mount up differently. Why would you want to spend $50 on a hitch that reqired $200 worth of fab work to get it to fit. Buy the correct hitch to start with and you'll save a lot of expense and headache later. You can get the proper hitch from most parts stores or an RV supplier for around $200-$250 new. Do it right the first time and don't worry about it again. You may also be able to find a correct used hitch at your RV supplier that does installs.
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Ok y'all convinced me. I'll pass on this one, that ebay link looks promising, thanks danorules. $119 doesnt sound too bad
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Although come to think of it would it be more practical for light duty towing just to get a $10 bumper ball from Harbor Freight and be done with it for now? the bumper says 5000lb capacity whereas a Class III hitch without the weight distribution is 6000lb. So I should be easily able to pull a pop up camper off the bumper.
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In order to get my pop up level I needed a 2" drop. That was off the receiver, the bumper is probably 3-4" taller than the receiver is. hopefully it works for you, but I suspect that the rear bumper of the trailer will be dragging
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Ijust bought on for my 2001 250 for 90 bucks bolted right in
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In order to get my pop up level I needed a 2" drop. That was off the receiver, the bumper is probably 3-4" taller than the receiver is. hopefully it works for you, but I suspect that the rear bumper of the trailer will be dragging
This is why I like receiver hitches, they are more flexible.

Locally we can rent a 1 yard cement mixer from Ace Hardware.

They were very specific on ball height, I had to add a couple of bags

of concrete mix to the rear of my Bronco to get it to the proper height.

I know that the bumper can handle the basic towing needs, but it is up

to our own judgements on how to do it..

I have used the bumper hitch on many occasions with many types of smaller/

lighter trailers with no problems.

Experience counts, personally and with other peoplesʻ input.
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