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Old 11-27-2015, 03:11 PM   #15
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The rule is simple - the label on the hitch (factory installed or aftermarket, it doesn't matter) indicates the capacity of the HITCH RECEIVER itself, but not the vehicle the hitch is attached to.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:26 PM   #16
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The rule is simple - the label on the hitch (factory installed or aftermarket, it doesn't matter) indicates the capacity of the HITCH RECEIVER itself, but not the vehicle the hitch is attached to.
In the good old days that use to be the clear cut rule but not necessarily anymore. See post #13 for reference.
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Who is that manufacturer and what are the vehicles model/year?
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Who is that manufacturer and what are the vehicles model/year?
One is a 2011 Nissan and the other a 2015 Toyota.
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That may also be a mfg's thing. Judith's 1994 Nissan 4x4 has the maximum towing and tongue weights for the HD bumper mounted hitch stamped into the metal, right next to the ball. For whatever reason, it's a good thing.
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That may also be a mfg's thing. Judith's 1994 Nissan 4x4 has the maximum towing and tongue weights for the HD bumper mounted hitch stamped into the metal, right next to the ball. For whatever reason, it's a good thing.
Believe at this time in NA it is a manufacture thing but is the norm in Europe for all manufactures - if not mistaken its actually law. Hitches have the capacity stamped to match exactly what the vehicle it is installed on is rated to tow.
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I realize the issue with the Explorers was a lot more than just a fuss. The issue I was referring to was about U-Haul refusing to hitch their trailers to them.
The Explorer has had two major chassis changes since the nonsense over Firestone tires, and U-haul persists in doing whatever they choose, based on company policy, not on anything like reason or expertise.
When I bought my Ranger, Ford allowed me to go right to my tire dealer and replace all five "flintstones" with real tires at their expense.
BTW, the Firestones which came on my 1995 Mustang were unfit for use too . A good set of KDWs solved the problem.
Most new cars come with inferior new tires.
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There is nothing wrong with recognizing a good idea from our European counterparts, but their towing weight specifications do not trump those set in the U.S.
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