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Old 08-02-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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CURT brand receiver hitches?

Hello fellow streamers. Looking for comments good or bad about CURT brand reciever hitches. Thanks
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Never heard anything negative about the curt. Sure beats the OEM on my Burb.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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I'm very happy with the Class IV Curt I got for my old GMC several years ago. The design / construction / paint job is much more impressive than the old factory hitch.

Mine was installed at Camping World. They struggled for an hour to remove the old hitch, but the new installation took only a few minutes.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
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I got the Curt Class V. Nice product. Well made. Paint is excellent, direct fit.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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I have the Curt weight distribution hitch. Couple of years ago the the pin on the head that holds the trunnion bar in place broke off. I called Curt and asked if they can send me a new pin but they send me a new head right away free of charge! Wolf146
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:25 PM   #6
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Just had a 2 in receiver installed on the front of our Ram 2013 so we could carry bikes -- product went on just as stated - four bolts - drill 2 holes done deal! Hitch was priced at $268 from dealers and all over the net but found in on Amazon for $136... Shop around! that was about half price! I do have to order an extension so the Thule rack fits, but that's because of the Dodge style not the hitch.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #7
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I just got an 8" drop hitch shank made by Curt. At least $50 cheaper than the name brands and the quality appears ok
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:46 PM   #8
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I had read that the stock Dodge 2500HD receiver (rated 1,200 pounds) welded to a tube had several failures at the joint of the tube and frame. I knew my tongue weight was about 1,175 pounds.

I installed a Curt 15409 (rated 2,550 pounds tongue weight on a 17,000 pound trailer) on my 2012 Dodge Ram 2500HD. While having the air suspension installed, we cut off the factory receiver from the cross tube as I did not need two receivers on the back of the truck.

I also added a front hitch rated 500 pounds tongue weight just in case I need to push something into place.

The 15409 has done it's job towing our current trailer using a Hensley hitch.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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Switz, we have the same thinking on that front receiver hitch! mine was mainly added for a front mount bike rack BUT YES my thinking was also perhaps having to push the 25 ft Excella into a tight spot.
After getting the hitch on yesterday I see I have to get a receiver extension to clear the bumper with the bike rack! She also sits kind of low - That's ok for the bike rack BUT wondering what your ideas or limitations are for using the set-up for pushing - would you use a separate hitch bar and ball or would you use the same system you use on the back... I'm a little concerned about tongue wt. and the suspension system up front - TV is a 2013 Ram 1500. (with that hitch being so low/ what happens when the tongue wt. gets on there? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. This is our first RV set up so learning as I go along and relying on folks like yourself to keep my thinking in track. Thanks JV
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:11 AM   #10
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CURT is the low price leader. Compare a CLASS 5 DRAWTITE against the same offering from CURT. Note attachments points (top & sides, etc). I'd rather have the one with "more" engineering.

On my truck the CURT offering is bolted in one plane and hangs below the frame. The DRAWTITE #45299 replaces the rearmost frame crossmember in a much beefier hitch receiver attaching in several planes.

I stuck a price-too-good-to-be-true-installed CURT on my 3/4T truck last year. Hurricane country has a way of sorting priorities, and my list of "to do" on both truck and trailer is too long for funds available. But it goes against the preferred dictum of DO IT ONCE, AND DO IT RIGHT.

It is better than the OEM hitch receiver that was failing, but itself is a low end offering.

Take your time. A few more bucks on a critical piece hardly calls for a bargain. Save that attitude for dishtowels.

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I had read that the stock Dodge 2500HD receiver (rated 1,200 pounds) welded to a tube had several failures at the joint of the tube and frame. I knew my tongue weight was about 1,175 pounds.

I installed a Curt 15409 (rated 2,550 pounds tongue weight on a 17,000 pound trailer) on my 2012 Dodge Ram 2500HD. While having the air suspension installed, we cut off the factory receiver from the cross tube as I did not need two receivers on the back of the truck.

I also added a front hitch rated 500 pounds tongue weight just in case I need to push something into place.

The 15409 has done it's job towing our current trailer using a Hensley hitch.
Switz, we have the same thinking on that front receiver hitch! mine was mainly added for a front mount bike rack BUT YES my thinking was also perhaps having to push the 25 ft Excella into a tight spot.
After getting the hitch on yesterday I see I have to get a receiver extension to clear the bumper with the bike rack! She also sits kind of low - That's ok for the bike rack BUT wondering what your ideas or limitations are for using the set-up for pushing - would you use a separate hitch bar and ball or would you use the same system you use on the back... I'm a little concerned about tongue wt. and the suspension system up front - TV is a 2013 Ram 1500. (with that hitch being so low/ what happens when the tongue wt. gets on there? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. This is our first RV set up so learning as I go along and relying on folks like yourself to keep my thinking in track. Thanks JV
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:50 AM   #12
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BigPine what is the rated load of the tires and the front axle weight capacity? The TW of your TT may be too high. While you likely won't "ruin" the truck or tires doing what you want, you'd likely compromise "strength" that somewhere along the way would come back to bite you in moving the TT with a front mounted receiver.
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