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Old March 14th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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Default How many people upgrade the hitch that comes on your truck?

I was looking at the hitch on the back of my truck, and it says that it is only rated for a 5000# trailer. Now, a rig on a car hauler easily exceeds that. My truck is a 3/4 ton dodge with the V10, so I know it can pull more than that. It surprised me that the truck only had a hitch rated for that small amount.


How many of you actually upgrade your hitch? I was looking, and I can get a V5 rated hitch for under $200.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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mine doesnt have the tag on it any more but its on the back of the cummins. i know ive pulled more then its rated for im sure. i will go out tommarow and seach for numbers now that i think about it.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #3
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Mine is rated for 10k, which is more than any of my trailers.

Every truck I've had (unless that hitch you are talking about is my old white V10 truck...) was a class 4 hitch, which is usually 5k/10k (non wd/wd), which means the hitch itself is OK for 10k.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #4
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Mine is rated for 10k, which is more than any of my trailers.

Every truck I've had (unless that hitch you are talking about is my old white V10 truck...) was a class 4 hitch, which is usually 5k/10k (non wd/wd), which means the hitch itself is OK for 10k.
Key component right there.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #5
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Mine is rated for 10k, which is more than any of my trailers.

Every truck I've had (unless that hitch you are talking about is my old white V10 truck...) was a class 4 hitch, which is usually 5k/10k (non wd/wd), which means the hitch itself is OK for 10k.
It is your old truck. I fixed the brake lines, got new tires, and have been driving the piss out of it.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #6
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Key component right there.
For the actual towing bit, but for the strength of the hitch itself, I don't think its an issue.


I know I towed about 9000lbs with that particular truck without issue. I towed my 6500lb trailer down to tellico and back, harlan and back, canada, etc.

I bought that truck use, so don't know what the ratings were, my 2000 3/4 ton dodge was 5k/10k as noted.

Glad you got it back on the road :-)
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Old March 15th, 2010, 09:02 AM   #7
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Is this the factory hitch? If so, I wouldn't change it. But I would be using a WD setup.
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In his defense, its rusty.

For me with that truck, I never needed a WD hitch, or felt I needed one, except one time:

I was driving back from the thumb area to metro detroit, so about 100 miles of flatland.

Had my 16ft tandem with my dad's Kubota on it. He looked up the weights and told me it was a little over 5000lbs, which was ok for my trailer. We couldnt' get the weight forward enough, though, because it had the forks on the loader, and they were already up onto the tongue, any further would have hith the tailgate in turns. The PTO-driven chipper was hanging off the back of the trailer.

That ride home we swayed pretty bad if we got over 65 mph. That was the only time I ever had an issue.

I also found his error in calculating the weights, he gave me the weight of the tractor itself, but did not include the front end loader, bucket, forks, chipper shredder, or account for the 5ft tall tires being full of water. I put us over 9,000lbs trailer load when I added it up.


I was just about ready to buy a WD hitch for my new F-150, but after towing my TJ, and my CJ8, both towed smooth and stable with just a regular ball hitch. But I probably will pick up a WD setup.
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It does have the sticker, but it was just more of a general question. I see people pulling these huge loads with seemingly stock trucks and I just have to wonder.
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I have noticed alot of trucks lately with two hitches on them. One directly below the other. All of them have been 3/4-1ton trucks. I couldn't figure out why the hell they would do that.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #11
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if you own a GM with the tube style hitch you should be considering a replacement.. those thing's are accident waiting to happen
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I have noticed alot of trucks lately with two hitches on them. One directly below the other. All of them have been 3/4-1ton trucks. I couldn't figure out why the hell they would do that.
I have seen a few of those on the road, not sure what thats all about.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #13
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I have noticed alot of trucks lately with two hitches on them. One directly below the other. All of them have been 3/4-1ton trucks. I couldn't figure out why the hell they would do that.
its called a torklift super hitch. they are one of the best hitches available.
they are common to people that have to use a long hitch extension. they sell extensions up to 48 inches. the extension is actually two 2inch recievers hooked together. many people have 11.5ft truck campers and they need a hitch to extend out form under the overhang. they have some of the highest weight ratings on the market. that also have adjustable side chains that connect to the sides of the hitch from the extension. its kinda like an a frame to take out all the wiggle and slop. they are very pricey, a hitch with an extension and all the goodies is between 700.00 and 1k. i think they are rated to about 17k.

the reese titan/towbeast is single 2.5 inch hitch. probably the next best thing to a superhitch.
i think these are rated to around 14k.

my factory ford 2" hitch is rated to 12k with a wd hitch. ford does offer a 2.5 inch factory hitch now.

the gm factory tube hitch is junk. if you have one get rid of it. i have seen a few pics on rv.net of the carnage from failure.

i should upgrade the hitch on my superduty. i use a solid two inch 18" extension to get out from under my camper. i have hauled my jeep on it with out issue a hand full of times. it puts my hitch at or near its capacity. i do use side chains to stabilize the extension/reciever. the chains go up over the frame rails around the hitch and chain binder together. it sorta locks every thing together.

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