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.
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.
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!