Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby ckhismine » June 28th 2009, 9:56pm

I have only said what is true of my hitch. My install sheet say to return the brakets to the customer and ther is on way to put them back on with my hitch. I even called Hidden Hitch and asked about the brakets and was told that my hitch does not reuse the brakets. Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby Cargo5 » June 30th 2009, 5:36am

That was the same instuctions I got for my class 3, after removing the 4 bolts from the brackets the hitch mounted right up between them and then added the two to the bumper.
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby GaryZ [OP] » June 30th 2009, 2:52pm

Cargo5 wrote:That was the same instuctions I got for my class 3, after removing the 4 bolts from the brackets the hitch mounted right up between them and then added the two to the bumper.


Excellent!
Now we know the Class 2 hitch will use the bumper brackets and the Class 3 will not.
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby guyonearth » June 30th 2009, 5:14pm

Mine installs under the original brackets with additional bolts at the front of the hitch that screw into the factory weld nuts.
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby MVMan » August 12th 2010, 4:47pm

The bumper brackets are NOT reinstalled with class 3 or 4 hitches the bumper is bolted to the hitch which replaces the brackets and the cost of the heaver hitch is less than $50 and is a much better investment! I have had a 1988 AAstro and now a 2005 Safari and the Astro was used to tow a 27 foot tt with no problems for more than 40,000 miles the Safari will be towing a 22 toot tt.
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby Astro8604 » August 23rd 2010, 6:34pm

Obviously a factory installed hitch is best( Van delivered with factory towing package) which I did with both my Astros (86 and 2004)that I purchased new. Interestingly if you need to replace a factory hitch they may not be available. This happened with my 86...hitch rusted out after about 20 years. A "Hidden Hitch" replacement bolts to all the correct places on the frame...but will not accommodate a full size spare which the OEM hitch did. The "donut" will fit which is what GM originally supplied.
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Re: Be Careful with Astro trailer hitches!

Postby juliet99 » September 11th 2010, 7:48am

You had a very sad story on your trailer. But the nice and good thing happened was when the installer accepts his fault. As you said n your story, he accepted responsibility for the damage and paid to fix your trailer.
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