Recommended Front Mounted Trailer Hitch for a 2002 Chevy Express Van


Re a front mounted hitch for our 2002 Chev. Express Van. We will be in Kissimmee, Florida for the winter and was wondering if you could suggest an installer for the Curt C31016 or the Drawtite 65016.


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The front mounted hitch I recommend is the Curt # C31016. It is a corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver and you can add many hitch mounted accessories. It has a very precise robotic welding which maximizes it's strength and durability. Trimming of front air dam or fascia may be required for hitch installation.

The Draw-Tite # 65016 you also referenced is another solid front mounted trailer hitch. It's a fully welded steel construction that ensures stength and durability. Plastic air deflector/fascia must be trimmed or removed to install hitch.

Both of these front mounted hitches # C31016 and # 65016 have a square tube, 500 pounds vertical pull and 9000 pounds line pull. They are both corrosion resistant and have an easy, bolt on installation without having to do any welding. The main differences is the Curt front mounted hitch has a gloss black powder coat finish over steel whereas the Draw-Tite front mounted hitch has a black powder coat finish that covers the e-coat base.

A front mount relocation license plate bracket pat # 5443 is a nice addition as it's steel and will hold up against rust and corrosion. Because you will be adding a front mounted trailer hitch, relocating your license plate may be a necessity.

I have included a video review for you as well.

We don't know a installation professional we recommend in Kissimee, FL but I would contact the local Chamber of Commerce for a referral.

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