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Hitch question?

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I just bought a 17 foot Starcraft Fish and Ski. I am also the new reluctant owner of a mini-van. First of all does that put me in nthe class 2 hitch catagory? Secondly anyone have a suggestion where I can have a shop put this on for me? Lastly how much should it cost? Can't get the boat on the water until I get a way to pull it.

Thanks,

EW

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In the past I've used U-Haul. I would recommed them for quality and getting the job done right.

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I just bought a 17 foot Starcraft Fish and Ski. I am also the new reluctant owner of a mini-van. First of all does that put me in nthe class 2 hitch catagory? Secondly anyone have a suggestion where I can have a shop put this on for me? Lastly how much should it cost? Can't get the boat on the water until I get a way to pull it.

Thanks,

EW


Dude... "Minivan" and "Tow the boat" go together as well as "Grandfather" and "Erotic Back Massage!"

Just kidding

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I've heard good things about U-Haul as well...

I also go there for Propane as they charge by the pound instead of by the fill, and have a good price...

They're kind of an unsung place.

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If you live in Elk River/Anoka area there is or used to be a place on (South side of) highway 10 between Anoka-Ramsey sports and the Vineyard. I think its called MN Hitch or something like that. I'm not sure what it cost though. Good Luck

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Erik, depending on the model, you should be able to find a class III hitch for the 'grocery getter'. I did for our Venture, not to increase towing capacity, it won't (check your manual to make sure you're under the towing weight capacity - my was plenty strong/big for what I tow) but to avoid having to have two receivers, balls, etc. If your van doesn't have one, get a transmission cooler installed.

I think the class III looks better than the class II anyway grin.gif

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You're correct that it does not increase the towing capacity of the vehicle but the hitch does have a towing capacity of its own and in most cases, it is less than many vehicles.

For example, my F150 has a towing capacity of 7200# however the classIII hitch is only rated to 3,000#.

Bob

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I have had good luck with handy hitch on highway 36 and 61 in Maplewood.

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I bought a hitch at Fleet farm and put it on myself. I did this on a 2002 Dodge Caravan. There were four bolts and it took about an hour.

I went with the class two hitch because I would not tow more than its capacity. It appears to me the class 3 hitches hang lower on the vehicle. I do not think it looks good hanging down and I was concerned about it draging snow or hitting the ground when exiting a drive way.

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One more think if your mini van has overdrive be sure disengage it when towing.

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I'll second MN hitch. Had them put a Hidden Hitch on my Amigo. First class folks over there. However, I've heard good things about U-haul as well. I have an Uncle that wanted to put a hitch on a car, but they refused because they new it wouldn't handle it. Did the right thing instead of lining their pockets. That's first class in my book, too.

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Class III hitch and an upgrade to your tranny cooler!

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I have had UHaul put a hitch on one of my vehicles, did a good job and was reasonably priced. I have also put a hitch on our other vehicle myself. As long as you get the correct hitch for your vehicle, it is just a matter of securing 4 bolts. The wiring harness however is a whole different story crazy.gif

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