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    2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd 4.6L V8 Automatic

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    I have a 1999 Jayco UDK 12 It's gross weight is 1980llbs. My question is can I use the stock class II hitch or should I upgrade to a class III?
     
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    Ug! I found out that the class II hitch is part of the step bumper assembly. If I want to put a hidden class III hitch, I will have to pull the bumper off as well as the tail lights to expose the frame. Then I have to find a class III of an old Explorer and bolt that on. Seems like a lot of work. I may just do the "two up" and put a regular class III under the class II. Humm might look ugly.
     
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    Its always something. My previous TV was a Mazda MPV, and my choice was; Class III (more than I needed for my 1250 lbs pup) and one hour install time or Class II, 2 hours cause they have to drop the muffler, install and put the muffler back. It was cheaper to go Class III, but far more visible and heavier than I needed.
     
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    I am in luck! I found a dealer that has an Ford OEM Class III 2" x 2" receiver for my Exploder he only wants $800! (I think I can talk him off the ledge on this one) Apparently only 5% of the Explorers sold during 2002-2006 were equipped with a class III receiver. I don't think I will need it but I have more than a few 2" x 2" draw bars and drops for the class III (oh and a bike rack)
     
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    Wow, thats pricey, even for OEM.

    But if you have a bike rack....
     
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    Left a message with the Parts Manager, apparently it has been stock a LONG time and he might just want to get rid of it.
     
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    Depends a great deal on the dealership. I work with Parts Managers on occasion. Some of them will deal.....some not so much.

    I did have one recently offer me 20% of my roof rack cross bars, cause they only fit vans that haven't been sold in 3 years.
     
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    about $50 or less at most pull apart yards. just a thought.
     
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    Bane of X's is that rediculus class 2 hitch [LOL]
     
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    I did manage to get the dealer to come down from $800 to $300 for the class III. Don't know if that's a good deal or not. Considering I can get a bolt on for $125 but it will look ugly.
     

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