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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-25-10, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hitch choices

Hello I am looking for a hitch for my crown vic, probably a class 3. Does anybody know which hitch is the least noticeable? Anybody have pics of their hitches? Thanks guys.

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Re: Hitch choices

I bought a Class II from U-Haul (Draw-Tite) for $140 and installed it myself. Don't know what they would charge to install one. The newer ('98 up?) CVs have a lower recommended max tow rating of only 2000 lbs. I had a bad experience trying to tow a TT of about 1600 lbs....the tranny would keep hunting up and down between 2nd. and 3rd. at the slightest hill driving 60 MPH. I have the 2.73:1 rear-end, so you might be OK with a lower geared car.

The hitch is pretty well out of sight...the receiver barely peeks out below the bumper cover (I will add a pic later).

'00 CV - 136K
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Ok thanks for the reply, I was looking at one by curt manufacturing. I asked them if it would interfere with the factory dual exhaust and they did not know. It was a class 3 but maybe I should just go with a class ll like the one you have. I will mostly just tow my atv but it would be nice to have a little bigger hitch for the odd time I need it.
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The hitch I have is only as wide as the frame rails and the exhaust pipe runs outboard of the frame rail, so there should be no interference. I only have a single exhaust but looking at the undercarriage pics at:

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it looks like the same for the PI duals. As long as the overall width of the hitch isn't much more than the frame, you will be fine.

A 2" receiver is handier if you want to use an add-on cargo carrier,bike rack,etc. because most are for a 2" tube. You can get an adapter but the weight capacity is lower. I use an adapter and a front wheel hitch to tow a motorcycle occasionally.

'00 CV - 136K
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The class III should mount very similar to the class II.

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Thanks for the pic, ya you can hardly even notice that one.
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