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i am in need of a good class v hitch. the kind that has the 2.5" receiver. anybody got a idea where i could get one.
 

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i have a reese tow beast. have been happy with it so far.
good luck,
 

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Draw Tite and Reese both make good hitches for a reasonable price- If you are looking for cheap, Reese offers a "universal" class v that you can find at places like Pep Boys, Autozone, or Wal Mart, but may not fit your truck. It is a bolt together version of the specific application welded ones, but it carries the same weight rating.
 

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it needs to be have 14000 lb tow rate or more.

here is pic of what i tow almost everyday.
 

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O.K., the ones at the parts stores are almost always class IV, which would get you up to 12,000# weight carrying, or 15,000# with a weight distributing hitch system.

A class V is rated up to 12k weight carrying and 17k weight distributing, but the hitch rating could be lower depending on the truck it's made for-

In your case, it appears that you are putting this on your '02 Dodge Ram, which means that the class IV and class V have identical ratings for your application. This is due to mounting restrictions on each individual vehicle. As the hitch receiver is changed for each vehicle application, so does the rating. I would go with the class IV hitch for a few reasons- There is no increased towing capability with the class V for your truck, the V's are a lot more money, and most places don't carry class V accessories like drawbars on the shelf.

What is the GVWR on the trailer? You may be exceeding the rating of the trailer. Because you are limited in the amount you can bumper pull because of the truck design and not power, you may want to look into a fifth wheel or gooseneck setup if you tow close to the max. rating of a bumper pull regularly. Also, a fiver or GN is a much safer comination to tow in general.

But like I pointed out, a class IV for your truck is good to 12k WC and 14k WD, so you would be good with the trailer you have as long as you don't exceed 14k and you're not exceeding the GVWR of the trailer.

If I have your truck wrong, let me know- I'll find the specs for whatever you've got............
 

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Duke said:
Putnams are rated at 15,000lbs weight carrying and 16,000 load distributing. That should work nicely.

Try here, they're a vendor on our site. Scroll down till you see the Putnams. Mine is awesome.

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/c-391-ford-f-350.aspx
It depends on the truck, and which bumper you have- for the '02 Dodge, look here and see which one fits and what the rating is......If you have the long bed w/the 10" step bumper, you're only up to 12k...
The other think to look at is the ball coupler- bumper pull ball couplers typically max out at 10k lbs(2 5/16" ball), but there are a few 15k's out there (the rating is stamped on the coupler body), so even if you get the Putnam that's rated to 16, you won't be able to find a bumper pull trailer that will take the weight.......

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/c-367-dodge-ram.aspx

Hey Duke- good link- I had never heard of Putnam, looks like a good hitch and are really nicely priced! That Southwest Wheel has a lot of stuff- have you ordered from them? what's the shipping time like?
 

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the gvwr on the trailer is 14k. i have done cracked the one that comes on the truck. tongue weight is around 1400. this is my 2nd job. i am at 14110 mile for the year so far.

a new fifth wheel is going to be order in june. a 40' kaufman 2 car.
 

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ClassV Hitches

I have a F350 and the 05 up factory hitches have 2.5" reciever. Putman does not have one listed as of yet, but I think that I read they were going to have one soon. I know that Chevy 08 also have a 2.5" opening but the factory stuff in both cases is inferior to Putman, Reese, Valley etc. With that much weight it would seem that the larger 2.5" rather that 2" would be a good advantage with heavier loads.

I tow a 30' tri-axle Alum enclosed race trailer.

Paul
 

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jonesie said:
It depends on the truck, and which bumper you have- for the '02 Dodge, look here and see which one fits and what the rating is......If you have the long bed w/the 10" step bumper, you're only up to 12k...
The other think to look at is the ball coupler- bumper pull ball couplers typically max out at 10k lbs(2 5/16" ball), but there are a few 15k's out there (the rating is stamped on the coupler body), so even if you get the Putnam that's rated to 16, you won't be able to find a bumper pull trailer that will take the weight.......
Ever heard of a pintle hitch? :poke: My ball pintle combo is rated for 15K. I only pull 12K max, so I'm good to go.


http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/c-367-dodge-ram.aspx Hey Duke- good link- I had never heard of Putnam, looks like a good hitch and are really nicely priced! That Southwest Wheel has a lot of stuff- have you ordered from them? what's the shipping time like?
Yeah, they have just about anything a trailer towing guy could want and more. They're an excellent company. Pretty sure Diesel Garage members get a discount form them.
 

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Ever heard of a pintle hitch? :poke: My ball pintle combo is rated for 15K. I only pull 12K max, so I'm good to go.



Yeah, they have just about anything a trailer towing guy could want and more. They're an excellent company. Pretty sure Diesel Garage members get a discount form them.

Yep, sure have. The pintle I have for my truck is rated for 30k, but I'm limited to what my receiver can handle. I do tow pintle trailers occasionally, but don't prefer them because there is so much slop in the connection. But you are right, the pintle itself is rated higher, but they are really designed to be mounted on your dump truck or similar.

You can only tow as much as your weak link can handle, and in Jarhead's case, it's the mounting location for the receiver hitch on his Dodge. Sure, the pintle could handle much more, but the pintle along with the receiver may shear off of the truck.
 

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All in good fun.

The point I'm trying to make is Putnam has overkill hitches for our pickups with nice high ratings. They're affordable, US made and sold by a vendor on out site.

Give 'em a look-see. They really impressed me. :Thumbup:
 

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No prob Duke- I totally understand where you're coming from. I am pretty impressed with the Putnams myself after looking them over- a lot better priced than Reese or Valley, too. I just wanted to make sure that everyone reading remembered that even if your tow ball or drawbar is rated to a million pounds, the way the receiver mounts in the truck is usually the weak link. The manufacturers of these products always advertise the greatest capacity of a given hitch, but you really have to look at which vehicle it goes into, because the ratings will vary quite a bit between models, yet a lot of people assume the capacities will be the same. I do know a few CHP guys out here in Ca. that are really up on their weight ratings, max. caps., etc., that will not permit someone to continue if they are exceeding any of the ratings of any component of their towing system.

Thanks for adding the info I left out, and for turning me on to the Putnams- had not seen them until you posted about them.
 

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jonesie said:
O.K., the ones at the parts stores are almost always class IV, which would get you up to 12,000# weight carrying, or 15,000# with a weight distributing hitch system.

A class V is rated up to 12k weight carrying and 17k weight distributing, but the hitch rating could be lower depending on the truck it's made for-

In your case, it appears that you are putting this on your '02 Dodge Ram, which means that the class IV and class V have identical ratings for your application. This is due to mounting restrictions on each individual vehicle. As the hitch receiver is changed for each vehicle application, so does the rating. I would go with the class IV hitch for a few reasons- There is no increased towing capability with the class V for your truck, the V's are a lot more money, and most places don't carry class V accessories like drawbars on the shelf.

What is the GVWR on the trailer? You may be exceeding the rating of the trailer. Because you are limited in the amount you can bumper pull because of the truck design and not power, you may want to look into a fifth wheel or gooseneck setup if you tow close to the max. rating of a bumper pull regularly. Also, a fiver or GN is a much safer comination to tow in general.

But like I pointed out, a class IV for your truck is good to 12k WC and 14k WD, so you would be good with the trailer you have as long as you don't exceed 14k and you're not exceeding the GVWR of the trailer.

If I have your truck wrong, let me know- I'll find the specs for whatever you've got............
the reason for replacing is the class iv cracked. i understand truck rate put and the hitch part. i just need something to hold the weight the truck will hold, and that just needs to last until june or july.
 
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