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Wagon Trailer Hitch
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:33:19 PM »
I recently purchased a camper.  My old-home made hitch was strong enough, but i need to have the ball higher for the camper to tow level. I was going to fab a receiver hitch from scratch, but thought Id check to see if I could find a new one that would fit with few modifications. After searching online I settled for Curt number 11485, that fits a 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300. I contacted Curt for dimensions, and was confident that it would work.
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Re: Wagon Trailer Hitch
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 03:36:47 PM »
I cut the outer corners as shown. On the right side I shaped one of the pieces I cut off and welded it in the gap that needed to be filled.
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Re: Wagon Trailer Hitch
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 03:41:27 PM »
With the bumper on , I put the itch in place and marked the mounting holes that needed to be drilled. I removed the bumper and drilled the mounting holes.
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Re: Wagon Trailer Hitch
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 03:49:22 PM »
I reinstalled the bumper. Support is needed at the bumper. I decided to use 5 inch long grade 8 bolts instead of welding on the receiver tube. I fabed two plates to keep the bolts together and used hardened washers for spacers. Supporting here is important, other wise the hitch would bend down under load. 

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Re: Wagon Trailer Hitch
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 03:54:23 PM »
Once it was done I used a 5 inch ball mount riser to attain the proper height. I also added a seven Pin RV plug and brake controller. The hitch fits Perfectly! Just like it was make for it!
1978 Pinto Cruising wagon (I am the original owner ! ) Built Aug 15th 1977 in NJ
1993 Mustang LX 2.3 convertible