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