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Rusted hitch normal?

 
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:33 PM
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Rusted hitch normal?

I'm in the market for a used truck. I came across a 2011 but what caught my eye was the tow hitch rust (see pic). The truck has been registered in Louisiana and Florida. Is this normal?
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:35 PM
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Probably drove it through the salt belt.

No big deal. A little bit of sand blasting or a needle scaler will clean that up. Then put a fresh coat or two of gloss black Rustoleum.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:47 PM
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What does the rest of the under carriage look like?

If that's just the hitch... Well.. dunno..

I live in WA State and it's WET here, but my 13 F150 does not look like that...

Good luck!

Mitch
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 04:01 PM
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Truck is 100 miles away and there are no pictures of the underside . It has 85,000 miles on the clock.
4x2 lariat, 5.0l, $15k.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 04:58 PM
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My brother has a 2010 and his hitch looks just like that. The rest of the truck is pristine. He does use his hitch several times a week.

I have a 2002 and my hitch looks almost new, very little rust. We live 2 miles apart and experience identical weather and road conditions.

We have wondered many times about the difference in the hitches. Only difference is mine is only used a few times per year.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by serotta View Post
My brother has a 2010 and his hitch looks just like that. The rest of the truck is pristine. He does use his hitch several times a week.

I have a 2002 and my hitch looks almost new, very little rust. We live 2 miles apart and experience identical weather and road conditions.

We have wondered many times about the difference in the hitches. Only difference is mine is only used a few times per year.
thank you.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:48 PM
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I think it is normal. The hitch will turn rust colored very quickly in my experience and I've owned 2 f150s for a total of 14 years. The part that rusts the quickest is the rear differential cover.
 
 


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