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Old 02-10-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Before you reply..This is about hitches..

I just bought a 7000lb capacity trailer that weighs 1600lbs or so. My jeep weighs about 4500lb--guessing here. Will a Home depot drop hitch rated at 5000lbs and a ball rated at 6000 be sufficent? Or do I need to get all class V stuff? I am guessing the class V stuff to error on the side of safety but would like to know personal experiences with the other.
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The thread is about a Hitch not Hatch. So is everyone out there using solid stock hitches?
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I would lean on the side of safety not SORRY.

Have you looked into sway control??
Or weight distribution hitches??
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I have never found a regular drop hitch that equalled the rated capacity of any receiver I've ever had on a truck. My weight distributing hitch is the first hitch of any type I've ever had that had a rating (10k lbs) equal to my receiver (10k lbs on my Dodge when I bought the hitch).

I think the highest rated drop hitch I ever saw was 6000 lbs.

WD hitches can be had for less than $300 on ebay. That's where I got mine...works great! One of my smarter investments (much smarter than the RumbleBee).
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just get the V-5 rating and you won't have to worry about anything
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I am willing to invest 300 in a weight distribution hitch if it truly improves handling of the trailer. As far as the hitches they are out there in the 10 to 12K range and are usually solid stock. Thanks for the input that is exactly what I was looking for. Now which is more important the sway control or the weight distribution? Or does the weight distribution effectively reduce sway?
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I plan on it but now I am curious about weight distribution.

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Old 02-10-2006, 06:22 PM   #9
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For as long as i've been towing trailers I have never had a problem, as long as the trailer was balanced and not overloaded.
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Sway control after WD. The WD hitch stopped a lot of the bobbing that I was getting with my max'd-out camper-jeep-trailer confabulation. I will eventually add sway control (unless I go gooseneck first).
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My brother pulls a trailer over 10K and he has a WD with a Sway control.
The arms that distribute the weight have a groove that the sway control cams ride in.I t is more of a keep the load straight. I only have a sway control as long as my trailer is evenly loaded it seems to work.
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That hitch is fine. There is a 2x or 3x safety factor built in to receiver hitches. If you're concerned about it, just get some good safety chains and go.
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whats your hitch rated for??? WD hitch is for campers with max tonge wght if your hitch is the right wht get the right wht drop hitch and ball and run it ... your trailer should be loaded correctly to keep the wht off the tonge so a WD is not for you. get the right gear and load you jeep correctly and run with it ... also trailer brake are a must
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I tow my ~7k trailer/ trail truck combo with a nothing fancy hitch and chrome ball. Both the hitch and ball are rated for 5k and I havent had any trouble from them yet, and I've towed a few thousand miles. My bumper on the other hand is a problem. My truck came with one of those goddam ranch hand full replacement rear bumpers. I swear to god I dont see why the **** someone would put one of those on a one ton truck. It bends noticably with the trailer on it and is just an all around shitty setup for towing anything heavy. I am in the market for a hitch receiver for a 90s longbed chevy BTW...

High capacity hitches are much easier to find than balls. Tractor supply has solid forged hitches that are rated for 10k but 95% of the 2" receiever balls out there are rated for 5000 lbs. I know 2 5/16 balls can be had at least up to 30k pounds (gooseneck versions) but most car haulers I've seen use 2" balls.
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Here is my vote. It's called the rapid hitch. Made of aluminum, comes with two ball sizes, and is rated up to 10,000 lbs. Max tongue weight of 1,500 lbs. I've seen them in action pulling some heavy heavy loads on not-so-smooth terrain. Never seen one break. Looks to be about $150 or less.
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I thought that was a typo. Aluminum? They say it is 30% stronger than steel. ????
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Because our hitch is constructed from a special aircraft aluminum alloy (the same alloy used for jet aircraft ).....Also, because it is constructed of aluminum it is much lighter than steel and literally 30% stronger weight-for-weight!
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Yeh, I read that. Well, it's "jet aircraft aluminum", it must be good stuff!
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Hmmm, "30% stronger weight-for-weight" does not equal 30% stronger, assuming the aluminum hitch is probably much lighter than a comparable steel one.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:56 PM   #21
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That hitch looks pretty slick. I bought a 12,000lb drop hitch with an 8000lb 2" ball from this place:
http://www.usa-trailer-hitches.com/ballmounts_c5.htm.

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I don't need a drop hitch, my truck doesn't sit very high in the back. The best thing I've invested in, as far as hitches go, is my Tri-ball hitch.



The trailer I have now though, will likely be my last bumper pull setup I'll have. I'm going gooseneck and not looking back once I get another truck.
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