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Old 01 Sep 2008, 03:15 pm
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Default Class 2 Hitch?

Does anyone manufacturer a Class 2 hitch for the PT?

I want to use a hitch mount motorcycle carrier. The bike weighs about 330 lbs (Suzuki DR-Z 400) and the carrier itself is about 50 lbs.

Class 1 hitches are only rated for a 200 lbs tongue load.

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Old 01 Sep 2008, 11:48 pm
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Default Re: Class 2 Hitch?

Well...I don't know...since the PT isn't supposed to pull something as heavy as a class 2 hitch is intended for, I doubt you'll find a perfect match.


And I really doubt it's a good idea anyway...


A class II has a 350lbs tongue weight limit...so your setup is on the edge.

And we're not talking about the stress this could cause to the (rear) suspension or the structural integrity of the car.

A ~400lbs load bouncing/rocking/twisting so far behind the wheelbase of a small car like this? Sorry, I wouldn't try this.

It's not a pick-up, it's a PT!
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Old 02 Sep 2008, 07:32 am
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I don't know anything about hitch's but according to my 2001 owners manual you can tow up to a maximum of 1000 lbs (450 kg) and the maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed 20 square feet.
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Old 02 Sep 2008, 10:28 am
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I don't know anything about hitch's but according to my 2001 owners manual you can tow up to a maximum of 1000 lbs (450 kg) and the maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed 20 square feet.
The guy is talking about a motor bike carrier like this:



It's not a trailer so the weight won't be "towed" but applied directly to the tongue. A hitch is built to resists to the horizontal force a trailer will induce, not for a vertical force.

Like you said, a North-American PT has a 1000lbs towing capacity, i.e. the horizontal towing maximum capacity. So a Class I hitch is intended for this car (2000lbs max. for a Class I).

The problem is that a Class I hitch can handle a 200lbs tongue weight maximum, which is under the ~400lbs of his setup. And I'm not talking about the small receiver a Class I has, so less structural strenght to support the "torquing" force that a carrier like this will cause.




Well...I tried to keep it clean & clear but...is it understandable enough?! I'm kinda confused myself...
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Old 03 Sep 2008, 10:03 am
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tipsymcstagger, did you find something?
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Old 21 Feb 2009, 08:41 am
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Not that I am recommending this, Princess Auto in Canada has a class 3 universal on sale for $140 Canadian. I have looked at it and it is adjustable. Here's the link.
| ON SALE NOW | CAN75.126.206.98_022109 | 2 |
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