: Trailer Hitch on a STS, NON-V, Northstar V8

10-14-10, 07:10 PM
This has been brought up before, But Alas, "NO PICS".
Could anyone share "Pics" of trailer hitches on a STS ?
2005 UP. ALL suggestions are welcome as we don't know
what to expect :cool2:
Thanks ALL !!!

10-14-10, 10:06 PM
Gotta go take some snapshots. Don't plan on more than 1,000 pounds.

10-15-10, 01:38 PM
OK, DO you mean that the TOTAL trailer weight should NOT exceed 1000 lbs ?
Or do you mean the tongue weight, the weight on the hitch ?
Usually the tongue weight should NOT exceed 250 lbs, regardless of the
total Trailer weight.
Thanks EChas3: cool2:

P.S. I would like to pull a boat, Very short distance !
any helpful hints on the lights ? I would do these myself,
as I am a Elex techy.

10-15-10, 08:01 PM
Weight of the Trailer
How heavy can a trailer safely be? It should never
weigh more than 1,000 lbs (450 kg). These are total
maximum weights including the load. But even that can
be too heavy.
The STS-V is not rated or designed to tow any trailer.

Weight of the Trailer Tongue
The tongue load (A) of any trailer is an important weight
to measure because it affects the total or gross weight
of your vehicle. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
includes the curb weight of the vehicle, any cargo you
may carry in it, and the people who will be riding in
the vehicle. And if you tow a trailer, you must add the
tongue load to the GVW because your vehicle will
be carrying that weight, too. See Loading Your Vehicle
on page 4-32 for more information about your
vehicle’s maximum load capacity.
If you are using a weight-carrying hitch or a
weight-distributing hitch, the trailer tongue (A) should
weigh 10 to 15 percent of the total loaded trailer
weight (B).
After you have loaded your trailer, weigh the trailer and
then the tongue, separately, to see if the weights are
proper. If they are not, you may be able to get them right
simply by moving some items around in the trailer.

10-30-10, 10:09 PM
I googled this and found: Draw-Tite 24767
Receiver type,which can accomodate:
Max tongue wt 200 lbs/ Max Gross Trailer weight 2000 Lbs


10-30-10, 11:44 PM
The 2006 manual says no more than 1,000 lbs trailer weight. It's not clear about the tongue weight but discusses the car's maximum loading. My hitch receiver is made by Curt (model 11307 class II). It works fine and is hardly noticable.

Here in Wisconsin, we don't have to license trailers or provide lighting as long as the tow vehicle's taillights are visible. The lighting connection for the STS costs more than than hitch ($219). I skipped it.

11-01-10, 07:41 PM
I found a lighting kit,for about $ 70.00, with a black box, which claims,
to not overload the brake or parking lights circuits, or turn signal,and takes
the power for the trailer lights , from the towing vehicle's battery .
Sounds GOOD ! :cool2::cool2:

I originally thought that the hitch , would come through the rear bumper,
but it comes out "UNDER" the rear bumper, and uses an adapter,receiver type,
to come back up, 6", I think.
This is a Class I hitch, only ! Obvious reasons.

11-01-10, 09:12 PM
My hitch guy is a specialist; Berger's in Milwaukee. He said the only right way to do STS trailer lihgts is to run separate power from the front fuseblock and then use a black box to just sense the regular lighting and the box has relays to use the new circuit to drive the trailer lights. It's an isolated system.

The quote was $219 for the hitch & $229 for the lighting (which I don't need and didn't have him do).