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Hitch Receiver Upgrade

The rust is really starting to become a problem on the ol’ girl.  2003 Ford E-350 has lived all her life in the Detroit area. No undercoating. Already replaced the radius arms due to pack rust. Body panels starting to go. Hitch receiver isn’t exempt.  A couple years ago I pulled it off, sanded clean, and coated with rust-converter and topcoat.  But, I think the rust is taking its toll, structurally. Noticed wallowing out of the hitch bolt opening, and the 2″ opening is bent from the weight distribution. When I pulled it off and stood it on its end, I got a pile of rust on the ground.

Hitch pin hole wallowed out. I’ve been getting this on all my receivers since I upgraded to the Hensley hitch. Happens with both straight and bent pins.
Top of shank opening is bent from the weight distribution action. I’ve seen receivers where the top or bottom edge peeled away. I suspect this one is close to failure.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? Replacing the receiver before it fails is in order.

And guess what I found? A lightly used, super heavy duty, Class V rated receiver for the Ford E-350.

OEM up top had a 10,000/1,000 lb rating. Replacement is a Class V with 12,000/1,200 rating.

This thing is a beast. The difference in weight is significant.  Class V weighs at least twice what the OEM does.  The other difference is the mounting bracket on the replacement is longer. I think that’s gonna make a big difference in weight distribution. The longer connection should provide better leverage for getting weight to the steer axle. Big plus.

Can’t wait to try it out next weekend.

See You Down the Road!





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2 thoughts on “Hitch Receiver Upgrade

  1. Awesome!! First thing i would do though (the ole one ounce of prevention) is test the coating. If not sufficient, then strip it down and put a proper rust preventative coating. This includes all of the mounting hardware. I am sure there are many recommendations out there. I prefer three step, Etching Primer, POR-15 base coat, then Epoxy top coat. When properly applied, this approach will outlive the truck.

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