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Old 08-25-2008, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5.7 Hemi trailer hitch

Please don't respond with "WHY WOULD YOU WANNA DO THAT", unlike most I can't afford a $41000 Chrysler 300C and a Truck! so I'm using what I got. My grandfather pulls around a 3,600 lb 26' pontoon with his Mercury Grand Marquis with EASE, so I figured this shouldn't be a problem:

I was wondering what the cost I could expect to pay someone for a hitch and installation similar to the one that was pictured earlier in this thread with the hidden hitch (I had one on my scion XB like that). Anyways I'll be pulling a new boat that I'm gonna get soon (probably this weekend) around 2000-2500 lbs. (probably an 18' bass boat with a about a 100HP engine).

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Old 08-25-2008, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I paid $200ish for the hidden receiver, $80 for the plug and play mopar wire harness, and did the install myself in my driveway in under an hour..

like you I can't afford a car and a truck, I use my hitch to tow my motorcycle, and other things when needed.. it's a V8 and a Hemi and comes with an tranny cooler, so you are ok keeping within the 3500 pound range.


one word of warning though, that drop down hitch that coverts the vertical hidden receiver to the horizontal standard is kinda low, it tends to drag going in and out of driveways..

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Please don't respond with "WHY WOULD YOU WANNA DO THAT", unlike most I can't afford a $41000 Chrysler 300C and a Truck! so I'm using what I got. My grandfather pulls around a 3,600 lb 26' pontoon with his Mercury Grand Marquis with EASE, so I figured this shouldn't be a problem:

I was wondering what the cost I could expect to pay someone for a hitch and installation similar to the one that was pictured earlier in this thread with the hidden hitch (I had one on my scion XB like that). Anyways I'll be pulling a new boat that I'm gonna get soon (probably this weekend) around 2000-2500 lbs. (probably an 18' bass boat with a about a 100HP engine).

Thanks ahead of time
I paid Chrysler 1 hour for install You will need 2 parts

1) 82209575 Receiver

2)82208643-AB Adapter This is the part that is put on to tow when you take it off no one knows you have a hitch Call Moparsupercenter.com Mr I is correct but you can buy another adapter to raise 2,4,6,8,and more inches.

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I thought the 300C has a 2000 pound tow capacity?

I towed an 18 foot 3300 pound boat with my Kia minivan, rated at 3500 pound tow capacity and just found out the trannie is shot. It too has a trannie cooler.

Got to be careful. I know you are going to do what you are gonna do but try to keep the load as light as possible and make sure you've got some trailer brakes or it will take you forever to stop the tank-like 300.

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Good luck with that. I'm sorry to say that your 300 is not the right vehicle to tow a boat with (even something small like a bass boat) and for the record that boat will weigh more like 3500 to 4K.. My 16.5' Stingray bowrider with a 75HP Force on a single axle was 4K and Stingray's are known to be "light" boats.

If you can't afford a tow vehicle then you shouldn't be buying a boat.. That may sting, but it's the truth. You are going to put yourself and everyone else on the road in harms way when you attempt this stunt, and you will be lucky to make it up the launch ramp (you won't....) and may wind up with your 300 in the drink.
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I thought the 300C has a 2000 pound tow capacity?

I towed an 18 foot 3300 pound boat with my Kia minivan, rated at 3500 pound tow capacity and just found out the trannie is shot. It too has a trannie cooler.

Got to be careful. I know you are going to do what you are gonna do but try to keep the load as light as possible and make sure you've got some trailer brakes or it will take you forever to stop the tank-like 300.


you are correct, my error.. according the the Chrysler site, tow cap on the AWD and RWD 5.7L is max of 2000 pounds with max tongue weight of 500 pounds..

oh yeah and to the OP, not sure what year/motor your grandfathers Grand Maquis is, but all the info I on found Ford's website and on several other sites, say all models from 1985 to present have a tow cap of 1500 pounds and 375 tongue weight.. just FYI in case his tranny goes ka-put

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and you will be lucky to make it up the launch ramp (you won't....) and may wind up with your 300 in the drink.
To add....pulling a boat up a slipperly, steeply inclined boat ramp is not exactly a rear wheel drive car's dream. Also consider the relatively low profile. You may find yourself spinning your wheels with the weight of the boat, or worse, going backwards into the drink, assuming you will be using public boat launches to set sail.

Trust me from experience, its no fun being at a crowded boat ramp when you realize "oh Cra$^! how am I going to get my boat back out?"

Some of those ramps are brutal....you gotta really dip your tail in the water to launch successfully, depending on the tide and steepness of the ramp.
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To add....pulling a boat up a slipperly, steeply inclined boat ramp is not exactly a rear wheel drive car's dream. Also consider the relatively low profile. You may find yourself spinning your wheels with the weight of the boat, or worse, going backwards into the drink, assuming you will be using public boat launches to set sail.

Trust me from experience, its no fun being at a crowded boat ramp when you realize "oh Cra$^! how am I going to get my boat back out?"

Some of those ramps are brutal....you gotta really dip your tail in the water to launch successfully, depending on the tide and steepness of the ramp.
just use one of these.. then you don't have an issue:

Extend a hitch boat and sailboat trailer hitch extensions

you simply drop the boat on flat land, hook up the extension, drop the boat in the water and don't have to worry about dunking the car.. or even getting the wheels on a slippy incline..
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I think we boaters can speak from and with experiance. My ficken 300 won't even go in gravel or grass, the ESP is worthless in these situations and a 300C on a boat ramp would be a disaster waiting to happen.

There is nothing that can be done to make the 300C a tow vehicle.. Forget it... get yourself an old beat up chevy 1/2 ton and be done with it..

(FWIW I tow a ten thousand pound boat/combo trailer with a 4WD Hemi and I need 4WD LO to go up the ramps) I am actually in diesel territory.

But like I said above, my "little" first boat would have been too much weight for a 300C.

Trailer extensions don't mean much on some ramps.. See my photo below.. I have to have my rear wheels in the water just to get the boat off the trailer.


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The 300 has a long history of being a trailer/boat hauler. In fact they came with a trailer towing package(1960 to about 1990). I have not researched the present 300 but if the transmission will handle it, it should be no problem. The rear wheel drive is ideal for a car even better with 4WD. A 3000 pound boat or trailer should be no problem. I would put electric brakes or an impulse braking system on the tongue......

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