Receiver Hitch Recommendations...

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by Caver Dave, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Caver Dave

    Caver Dave Just holdin' it down here in BFV Moderator

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    Now that I bought a trailer, guess it's time to add a receiver hitch so I can tow it? :rolleyes:

    Anyways, what's everyone's recommendations?

    Tower: '92 F250 (reg. cab/LB/4x4..currently has B&W gooseneck/Tenkosha Voyager controller) currently licensed at 13K#s (figured trailered weight was 5500# + 7500# very liberal calculation for the truck = 13K#??)
    Towed: 16' flat deck trailer (with 3500# axles/elctric brakes on 1...GW @ 1500#)... Jeep is close to 4000#s according to dump scales.

    I'm pretty sure there's no need to go ClassV (2 1/2" recceiver)... OR is everyone else towing trailers/rigs with ClassIII/IV's illegally? Seems like the factory hitches on the new SuperDuty's are only ClassIII? My main objective is to *SAFELY* tow my junk & NOT give the insurance companies any leverage should there be any "issues"..

    What ya'll think? (be sure to include some reasoning :D )
     
  2. Wwildman

    Wwildman Never Give UP

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    class 5 is a bit of over kill class 4 would be fine you need to look at toung weight of the trailer and possibly a weight distributing hitch and also how you load the trailer
     
  3. Caver Dave

    Caver Dave Just holdin' it down here in BFV Moderator

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    Pretty sure I can move the Jeep fore & aft on the trailer (should be long enough) to vary tongue weight. I'm familiar with "weight distributing"/"equalizer" hitches, I'm unsure if it's a requirement. I see hundreds of rigs being towed on plain receivers (most weigh considerably more than mine). My dad hauled a 27' TT (*at least* 5000#) behind a '69 Pontiac Catalina in the early '70s using a WD hitch w/o any issues. OTOH, this truck weighs more than the old "widetrack" and was made to haul loads (as opposed to people).
     
  4. upnover

    upnover Grumpy, decrepit Old Man Moderator

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    Dave I use a home made class IV type. never a problem. It attaches to my frame in more locations than a Reece. It is heavier Tube than a Reece too. My biggest concern is the ball. Make sure it is a good American made with a high rating. As big a shank as you can find.
     
  5. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Same goes for the tow bar. Most of the ones you'll find are only rated to 3500# or something. I've folded a few lesser bars before.
     
  6. Caver Dave

    Caver Dave Just holdin' it down here in BFV Moderator

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    Well, I bought a "biggy" for *less than a Class III*!! Weird thing is...it came from the local "little shop of bling" (famous for chromed out trucks, SUVs, ...gulp....Jeeps)! :rolleyes:

    I was about to purchase online, but decided to check around locally (I'm getting bigger on haveing someone to point at when somethings wrong these days :D )... called 3 other shops & figure WTH? Can't hurt to ask... Ended up buying a Putnam Class V...outta Michigan (15K dead tow, 17K WD) +tax for less than internet pricing + S&H...

    It's a freakin MONSTER! 3/8" plates & 1/4" wall tube...hope to have it on by next week. Will post some pics when it's finished

    :beer:
     
  7. The Beast

    The Beast New Member

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    Dave, you may want to try your local RV dealer. I was shocked that I could get recievers cheaper there than anywhere I looked.

    Just a thought.
     
  8. Rich

    Rich Asshole at large

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    Nice score Caver! That will be good if you ever need to use a hitch extension...
     
  9. farmboy

    farmboy Well-Known Member

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    So what are the factory hitches on the Superdutys rated? If nobody knows, I'll just check when I get home...
     
  10. Rich

    Rich Asshole at large

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    What year? the '05's have the 15k 2.5" ones...

    It should have a sticker right on it. They're usually 500/5,000, and 1000/10,000 with weight dist. bars.
     
  11. Caver Dave

    Caver Dave Just holdin' it down here in BFV Moderator

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    I read somewhere (possibly on the window stickers) the SD's were Class III :eek:
     

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