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Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, SRX Trailer Hitch in Cadillac SRX Forums; WhispBars makes a cross-rail kit, model S-53 that fits the SRX nicely. It ain't cheap ($339.00), but it looks nice, ...
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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    WhispBars makes a cross-rail kit, model S-53 that fits the SRX nicely. It ain't cheap ($339.00), but it looks nice, & holds up to 165 lbs. One drawback tho - the Ultra moonroof will NOT clear the cross bars if opened, so if you want to open it, you must remove the crossbars. See Rack Attack company.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    My 08 came with the "Trailor Kit".

    This is the first vehicle I have ever bought that came without the hitch mount, when you got the trailer kit.... What a rip off.

    and the Dealership wants another $500 to add the trailer hitch itself!.. More rip off!

    I don't plan on pulling any trailers, but it would have been nice to use one of those bicycle holders. But I just can't justify $500 to haul bicycles around.

    Honestly :: I don't understand GM including in the options package a "Trailer Option" and not include the hitch itself! It is just plain stupid!

    That is like adding $200 for a Radio Option, Which includes the wiring, Hole and mounting hardware, and not including an actual radio. OR: having an Air Conditioning Option, that included the switches, wiring, and venting, but did not include the actual Air Conditioner.

    I know - - - I'm ranting! - - but it did aggravate me a tad when I found out the Trailer Option did not include the ability to pull a trailer!

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    I'm in your boat. I have the towing package with no hitch. And the same goes for the roof rack lacking the crossbars.

    During a two-vehicle camping trip for 8, the "family" was throwing ideas around the campfire and thinks it might be a good idea (for me) to add the hitch so we can increase the amount of "stuff" we can take on vacations such as these (buy a trailer). The conversation went downhill from there....."buy a towable camper that would bring us in under the 4,250 (?) pound towing limit.

    My response was simply this: for the amount of times we'd use this stuff it would be easier and cheaper in the long run to rent trailers or towable campers. Better yet, select campgrounds that already have "harder wall" accomodations. I didn't expect anyone in the family would start looking at the SRX as more than just a passenger vehicle, and I don't have any place to stere these things when not in use.

    At least with the towing package we have the improved cooling capacity for the engine, trans, and power steering.

    Anyone out there actually towing anything with their SRX that approaches the towing limit of 4,250 pounds? And what does the SRX handle like with 165 pounds on the roof with the waterproof rooftop carriers?

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    just put curt class III on for $225.

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    Oh, I towed a trailer that was probably over the limit when I moved a couple years ago. I had a V8 AWD w/o the trailering package and MRC. I put a hidden hitch on for ~$160. I towed a bunch of my wife's teaching supplies in a small rental trailer that had a sticker on it that said to not go over 50 mph. I towed it 300+ miles at about 80 mph. The car handled just fine. I could tell it was on there braking and a little accelerating, but it did perfectly fine in SW OK going up and down long (.5 mile +) grades. I recently "downgraded" to a V6 RWD and haven't towed much, but I am moving again at the end of the month, so I put an aux transmission cooler on. It is around 100F here, but I imagine the standard cooling system and power steering fluid cooler will be adequate to go about 700 miles. No one has been able to tell my why the power steering would overheat more while towing. I will look when I get to St Louis for a junkyard with a smashed up SRX with the trailering package or CTS with the heavy duty cooling to swap out the double radiator fans.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by SFGOLD View Post
    Does anyone know if a Class III hitch receiver is available, one with a 2" receiver?

    Thanks,
    Bob M
    Yes there are several aftermarket Class III hitches available. Just Google SRX trailer hitch. I just installed a Curt brand hitch. Installation was straightforward using the existing frame weldnuts. No trimming was required and just requires dropping the back end of the exhaust and the spare.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Are there any that fit with the Sport pkg? I understand the OEM kit will not work with the rear fascia on the sport pkg.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by PJ1520 View Post
    Anyone out there actually towing anything with their SRX that approaches the towing limit of 4,250 pounds?
    To answer your question yes I have been towing something that actually exceeds the towing limit speced by GM. I tow a Surveyor 234RKS hard side trailer with a rear slide bed. Trailer is 24.5ft long and when fully loaded for a longer camping trip (more than a week) the weight of it is 5100lbs, if it is a weekend trip it is closer to 4850lbs as we don't need as much clothes and bedding, etc. My set up however is not standard, the hitch has been reinforced by a towing specialist, there is an extra trans cooler in addition to the factory tow package, plus a WD hitch w/sway control. It tows great at 65 mph and will go faster I can pass slower vehicles up to 80 mph very comfortably but I do not drive that fast normally only to pass if absolutely necessary. There is no sway whatsoever even when large transports pass us. I will try posting a picture once I get a chance of the entire set up.

    Quote Originally Posted by mwswarrior View Post
    Are there any that fit with the Sport pkg? I understand the OEM kit will not work with the rear fascia on the sport pkg.
    Depende on the hitch you want. The 1.25" x 1.25" receiver will fit OK, however, if you want the 2" x 2" it will not fit with the sport facia. I got a used rear facia off a regular SRX and had a friend paint it to match and replaced the sport one at his body shop. Looks a little weird but I don't care as it does the job. When I am rady to sell it I will get my buddy to put the sport facia back on and remove the hitch at that point.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    SMITH AND GGB............AT LONG LAST, SOMEONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY TOWED SOMETHING NEAR/AT/OVER THE TOWING CAPACITY!!!!! Thank you for relating your experiences.

    In the case of campers, I read somewhere that the rule of thumb is to take the empty rated camper weight and then add 1,000 pounds for additional things like water, propane, luggage, and supplies to approximate the loaded weight versus the capacity.

    Another question. A friend of mine warned that the selected hitch's capacity or rating is only one consideration. All hitches are not created equal when it comes to weight distribution and the impact on the SRX' rear suspension. He noted that some hitches are better than others at keeping the nose weight of the towing vehicle heavy enough while relieving weight impact over the rear wheels. What do you think?

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by PJ1520 View Post
    SMITH AND GGB............AT LONG LAST, SOMEONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY TOWED SOMETHING NEAR/AT/OVER THE TOWING CAPACITY!!!!! Thank you for relating your experiences.

    In the case of campers, I read somewhere that the rule of thumb is to take the empty rated camper weight and then add 1,000 pounds for additional things like water, propane, luggage, and supplies to approximate the loaded weight versus the capacity.

    Another question. A friend of mine warned that the selected hitch's capacity or rating is only one consideration. All hitches are not created equal when it comes to weight distribution and the impact on the SRX' rear suspension. He noted that some hitches are better than others at keeping the nose weight of the towing vehicle heavy enough while relieving weight impact over the rear wheels. What do you think?
    PJ
    There are different opinions on how to figure out the weight of a trailer, even different RV dealers can't agree on it. Most trailers (not all) will have delivered weight of the trailer to the dealer (as built at the factory), but some do not include options that are installed at the dealer, like propane tank(s), battery(ies). So when you see the dry weight you have to ask for the weights for propane tanks (full), battery(ies) and any other options added at the dealer. When we bought our trailer we got it from an Ohio dealer (way cheaper than in Canada) and part of the deal was that they were going to weigh the trailer with all the options we wanted at certified scales and send me the weigh bill before I would sign the final deal (only gave them a $500 US deposit that was refundable).

    When you are talking about "hitches" not sure if you mean the one on the car or the Weight Distribution hitch. Regardless, there are different hitches especially the WD ones as they will have differrent capacity bars on them depending on what the tounge weight of the trailer is. Most trailers in the US/Canada are designed to have between 10-15% of weight on the tounge to prevent sway. My tounge weight is 586 lbs which exactly 11.5% of the trailer weight of 5100lbs when fully loaded. The hitch on my car is rated for 500lbs of tounge weight max so to reduce the weight on the hitch and on the rear axle of the car I use a high end hitch a Pro Pride 3P. I hope this makes sense?

    I am never concerned to be a bit over the manufactureres recomended max towing weight, what I am mostly concerned that I do not exceed are the axle weights, both front & back on the tow vehicle. Also the GVWR for the car and this has to include the weight of the tounge of the trailer. So for me in addition to me (200lbs), wife (130lbs), daughter (65lbs), dog (80lbs for now), cooler and few necessities during travel (+50lbs), I have to add the 586 lbs to the vehicle load. If I just left it as is I would be 77lbs over the rear axle weight, which during travel could get damaged. By using the WD hitch I am moving 281lbs to the front axle (vehicle is nice and level when all set, zero sag of rear) and now I am 204lbs away from the max weight of the rear axle. I also never tow with water in the tanks, I fill them at the camp ground and always empty them (all tanks actualy) before I leave. For some this is still to close but I have towed my previous pop-up trailer with my '05 Malibu MAXX for 20,000mi (of actual towing) and I was just 100 lbs away from the maximum of the rear axle weight and recently it went in for major service (car has 70,000mi now) and all the bushings show normal wear and tear.

    Sorry for the long post, but if you have any more Q's just ask. I will be away for a bit though as I just got back from overseas with the military and now I am taking the family on a long vacation (6-8 weks) for some family time so the response may be a while as I won't be checking in as often.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    GGB.....thank you for this info. It was very informative for a person who is starting out at ground zero (me) understanding trailer hitches.....particularly some of the considerations as they pertain to an SRX, not a prodigious hauler but not bad for a non-truck crossover.

    At a party I got into a conversation with a Canadian friend who knows all about this stuff and does a lot of towing with his camper.....but he uses an extended cab pickup (can't remember which) with a trailer weight capacity of over 8,000 pounds. Before I knew it, the important info was coming fast and furious. I had a beer in my hand or otherwise I would have taken notes.

    After reading your post I now recall his warnings/solutions about tongue weight, weight distribution on the SRX front and rear, and axle weight specs on the towing vehicle.

    We all receive the overview numbers on the SRX's towing capacities....but it isn't quite so simple. The listed pounds gross vehicle weight towing capacity for the vehicle is one thing, like 4,200 pounds for mine. The "where" the pounds are distributed perhaps more so, and how to spread the load can't be overlooked.

    My friend spent some time talking about where in the trailer to stash all of the additional stuff/poundage one takes camping......too far back in the trailer or too far forward, the pros and cons. Additional weight In the front of the towed trailer creates a more stable trailer but can overload the tongue, the axle capacities, and make the front end of the towing vehicle too light. Too far back and the trailer may become less stable at speed. Then he got into hitches that mitigate some of the weight distribution issues as you did. I question whether the GM/Cadillac hitch would be the best choice either functionally or even at the listed price, installed. No matter. The more I know the better I can compare.

    Thank you also for your service to your country. I hope you have the best and most memorable vacation of your life.....you and your family more than deserve it.

    PJ

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    damn wish i had the time to have waited/ researched. That looks great. I got one on at Uhaul, 2 in. box. doesnt look bad, just looks better without. At least its black and so is the car

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Yes that the one I just had installed on my Cadillac SRX 2010 but the limit is 3500 lbs because I had the cooler installed too.

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by PJ1520 View Post
    GGB.....thank you for this info.

    I question whether the GM/Cadillac hitch would be the best choice ......

    Thank you also for your service to your country. I hope you have the best and most memorable vacation of your life.....you and your family more than deserve it.

    PJ

    PJ
    Been a while since I posted last. You are welcome on the info if you still need other stuff just post ot PM me. As for the GM hitch, if you mean the 1.25" x 1.25" one and you want to tow heavy loads I would strongly advise against it as the smaller hitch is prone to more flex than a 2" x 2" type. Plus if you want to use a weigth distributing hitch you can not with the 1.25" x 1.25" type. It will all depend on the type of towing you want to do.

    The vacation was the best one I have had yet with my family. My daughter (she is 10) and I spent almost every waking hour together as this was the first time that I was away with the military for an extended time (I am a reservist) of 14 months since she was born and it was especially hard on her. As for the service to Canada it is something I feel obligated to do and give back to Canada as it has given so many oportunities to me and my family since we imigrated here nearly 37 years ago. As I am way off topic that's it for now.

    Gord

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    Re: SRX Trailer Hitch

    All,

    Just thought I'd throw my hat into the ring here. I am an avid motocross rider/racer and I bought my SRX with the intent of Hitch-Hauling my motocross bike, just as I used to with my old Isuzu Trooper. For those of you unfamiliar, many companies make a rack that will carry a motorcycle behind any vehicle with a Class III hitch, parallel to the back of the vehicle. This is exactly the setup I had and have now.

    I purchased a Curt, Class III hitch from e-bay for about $180- shipped. It came in short order, with all needed mounting hardware and some basic directions.The job is fairly straightforward, but will require cutting two studs off of the rear of the vehicle. Yes, a hacksaw will work, but we used a reciprocating saw and it was MUCH easier that way. My SRX has the Sport Package, and the hitch fit fine, with NO trimming of the fascia needed. (there is a cut-out on the bumper, if you do want to trim, but I did not find it necessary)

    Yesterday was my first attempt at hauling the bike, and it worked great. The hitch rack fit perfectly and the SRX handled the bike well, with close to ZERO sagging. The combined weight of the aluminum & steel rack is about 50lbs and the bike is 230lbs, full of gas. So altogether, it weighs just under 300lbs. Overall, I am very happy with the hitch and this arrangement.

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    Couldn't be happier with my my SRX!

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