Which Trailer Hitch to Install on Voyager-?

Discussion in 'Voyager' started by BuZzY, Jul 31, 2003.

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    BuZzY Guest

    I'm thinking of bolting a trailer hitch to my '95 Voyager, 3.0 liter. I
    would like to be able to pull a modest 1-axle trailer, only
    occasionally, when doing a lumber run or hauling home my motorcycle from
    wherever it breaks down.

    Really, it would be for occasional use only----I have heard that anything
    less that a Class 3 hitch is too small----is the stock suspension okay for
    this-?

    Any suggestions would be apprieciated.

    TIA

    Buzzy
     
    BuZzY, Jul 31, 2003
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    Mike Martin Guest

    Class 3 is way too much. I have a 96 and a 93 - both with class 2. I also
    have a small utility I pull, and a modest tent trailer - also both only 2 or
    3 times per year. If I recall, class 2 if 5000 lbs trailer weight, and 500
    lbs tongue weight - way more than I needed, but class 1 looked pretty
    flimsy. For the little added cost, the class 2 is fairly beefy. If you watch
    your tongue load is correct. and are careful with the towing, the normal
    shocks should be fine.
     
    Mike Martin, Jul 31, 2003
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    Oppie Guest

    Even though you will never use the weight limit of a class 3 hitch, there
    are so many accessories that conveniently fit the class 3 receiver. Aside
    from the standard drawbar/ ball hitches, there are cargo shelves that just
    plug in. Also bicycle carriers. My neighbor has a SUV with a class 3 hitch.
    was watching him trying to mount a bicycle carrier without scratching
    anything. I recommended the hitch-carrier to him, which he got and was very
    thankful.

    The down side of a class 3 is that sometimes, depending on your vehicle
    specifics, you may have to loose the full size spare tire and go for a space
    saver. Whatever works best for you.
    Oppie
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    | Class 3 is way too much. I have a 96 and a 93 - both with class 2. I also
    | have a small utility I pull, and a modest tent trailer - also both only 2
    or
    | 3 times per year. If I recall, class 2 if 5000 lbs trailer weight, and 500
    | lbs tongue weight - way more than I needed, but class 1 looked pretty
    | flimsy. For the little added cost, the class 2 is fairly beefy. If you
    watch
    | your tongue load is correct. and are careful with the towing, the normal
    | shocks should be fine.
    |
    | | > I'm thinking of bolting a trailer hitch to my '95 Voyager, 3.0 liter. I
    | > would like to be able to pull a modest 1-axle trailer, only
    | > occasionally, when doing a lumber run or hauling home my motorcycle from
    | > wherever it breaks down.
    | >
    | > Really, it would be for occasional use only----I have heard that
    anything
    | > less that a Class 3 hitch is too small----is the stock suspension okay
    for
    | > this-?
    | >
    | > Any suggestions would be apprieciated.
    | >
    | > TIA
    | >
    | > Buzzy
    | >
    |
    |
     
    Oppie, Jul 31, 2003
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    jdoe Guest

    Class 2 is just fine and will do everything the vehicle is capable of and
    beyond. As far as carriers I"ve found every type of carrier for class 3 also
    available for class 2. Another advantage is the class 2 is available in a
    low profile "hidden" design. I have these on my vans and they are very nice.
    I've never dragged the receiver. On the departed 92 GV I had it had a
    standard class 2 that hung low and it did drag on steep curbs etc.
    Get a DrawTite hidden class 2 you'll be glad.
    Larry
     
    jdoe, Aug 1, 2003
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    James Guest

    I have the Class II generic Reese hitch that you can get at Walmart,
    Target, Meijer's, etc. It was about $90 I think and bolted up to the
    frame with no problems.

    I pulled a small one-axle motorcycle trailer with my wife's 3.3L '94
    Grand Voyager from Chicago to southern Ohio and, as they say, "I never
    even knew it was back there."

    I can't imagine trying to pull anything with that van that would
    require a Class III hitch.

    James
     
    James, Aug 4, 2003
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