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Old 05-17-2015, 09:05 AM   #29
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Looks like you have the OEM receiver. Not strong whether welded or bolted. Likely cannot achieve 100% FALR.
I get 100% FALR also, and my tongue weight is 1,200 lbs, +,-.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:00 AM   #30
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Thanks for the advise. My hitch is bolted.

Could you "slowmover" post a photo of where you attach your chains up under your truck. Would love to see this.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:15 PM   #31
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I did write part of that above post incorrectly. I've seen several bolt on and weld to round tube Dodge receivers not stand up to towing, mine included. Bears watching.

And I was not able to transfer TW to front axle due to this. Not the only one out there. Bears checking on scale because height measurements are subject to factors which render them only a rough in.

SAE J684 has been in continual revision since 1962. One will find state law references which do not allow safety chain attachment to the receiver. And some states require that each chain must be able to bear the trailer weight alone. Bears weighing as a goal.

The latest revisions seem to allow for crossmember hitch receiver attachment. Guess I'm out of date. But I'm relying on other sources versus a $72 download cost. Bears examine state laws.

I've had look overs of several dozen RV wrecks over the decades. Rarely do the chains keep the vehicles attached as they ought. And breakaway switches are notorious for not working after only two/three years. Bears keeping a spare.

A starting discussion on this forum is in the thread, Safety Cables versus Chains. As I use chains at work I prefer them and take ratings seriously. Peerless and Tulsa Chain both have good sites.

On Woodalls is one of (John) JBarca's great threads entitled WD Safety Chains Hook Up. His other threads (as with rewiring trailer brakes are a must read, IMO) are always good. Bears measuring and testing as shown.

As the OP read about and changed tires/wheels, this and the above was not meant to be adversarial, but is in the same line: there is more to it than 96% or more of RV'ers appear to believe. Bears investigating.

The end result is that system doesn't work when it needs to in all too many cases. I assume it when coming up on a rollover and am rarely wrong. This includes 5ers and GN trailers, private and commercial. The vehicles are no longer attached.

Don't take it for granted and don't assume.

Pics of mine will be up when I've had a semi custom receiver built. The third receiver at that point. And replaced/modified the trailer tongue. I've already a good list for a certified welder past this system.

Sorry I don't have pics of my fathers rig as it was thorough, both the custom receiver on his Cadillac and the way in which these attachments and rigging were done. Some things were better back when.

Today's hitch receivers are NOT as strong as those custom ones. SAE does not spec them for loads as high as WD can exert. And the weld up kits one used to be able to source are no longer available. Unlike the one tons, I don't see any aftermarket receivers for the Dodge half ton that look like a better beginning.

Bracing the factory piece would have been my choice had the OEM piece been any good for my year of one ton. Can Am does diagonals from the receiver tube outward to the frame rails to clear the spare tire. That should help with frame flex, at least. In turn, less force is potentially needed to meet FALR goals. Etc.

The receiver can be torn from the vehicle. Even factory crossmember mounts. There are many kinds of wrecks involving RVs including being t-boned. Controlling the trailer afterwards is the question. Bears some reading.

Believe me that this has all been offered as one father to another. So this post bears apologies. Have a look at the subject as time allows.

There is much more reading on how to secure the scene of an accident, mainly DOT and NHTSA. Flashers and some triangles are not sufficient to what SHOULD be required. Americans on the road are considered disposable. Good luck finding the very few decent discussions on RV boards per that subject. It's almost terra incognita. Related to the above its all worth your time. Don't let the weak links of the former intrude on the latter. Black pun fully intended.

Good luck.
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I'm confused about the dodge hitches. Some time ago someone made the same failure claim but couldn't come up with documentation. What years are we talking about and what were the tongue weights? Jim
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Dang slowmover....there's a lot of bears in that post !!

While you're on the subject of chains and such, how about throwing in your two cents on the idea of grade 70 vs grade 30 for safety chains ? Is 70 needed, or would you say it's overkill ?
I use 70 for my loads like chaining the skidsteer on the trailer, etc, but I believe most travel trailers come with grade 30.
Both of my gooseneck trailers came with gr 70.
Thoughts ?
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After doing a search on "Dodge Ram Receiver Hitch Failures", this is the only thing I could find, a failure at 24,500 lbs, and this is the older style hitch receiver.
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There is a lot to absorb in this thread and think about from the above commenters.

I went to the CAT scales on Friday when we where driving from VA to here in NY. Trailer came in at 6400 even surprisingly, but my WD must not of been setup as good as I thought (Proof the scales are the barrier of truth). Front was 3249 and rear was 3894 with a combined of a 13543. Under my GVCWR of 15000. Pretty sure I need to distribute that load more to the front wheels.

While in NY here at the family farm we're remodeling the front bedroom area, switching to a twin setup and I'm contemplating a Propride after seeing all the Hensley and Propride users at the Rally in VA.

We also brought a number of things in the truck that will be staying in storage with family, so I expect to loose about 150-200lbs.

So I'll chime back in in 20 days probably with an update. My primary goals have been to keep weight down and within spec on both vehicles.
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Did you weigh the truck alone?
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Did you weigh the truck alone?
No we did not. It was literally a spur of the moment thing, with two kids on the road and already at 10pm we just made a quick go at it.

Now that we are here in NY, there is a Pilot Travel Center 3 miles up the road with a CAT scale, gonna make a point to load the fam and truck as it will be when we leave and weight it by itself, then of course after all the projects are done, everything in the sequence. Trailer > Truck > Trailer + Truck without WD > Trailer + Truck with WD.
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Which way are headed when you leave NY?
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Heading to Ohio to visit my family, we're in NY visiting wife's family and making use of a wood shop. Used to spend every summer growing up with my grandfather camping. For about 5 summers we camped at a place called Willow Lake Campground, going back there for old memories.

Then westward.
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Does anybody attach the safety chains to anything but the hitch receiver? I have been a de-parker on a few caravans and have looked at a couple hundred hitched units on the way out and I do not recall seeing even one with the chains not to the hitch receiver. Brake-away cable to something else. Usually the top of the bumper. What have I missed here?

I know of one receiver that broke loose from the truck. Chains on the hitch. A Hensley hitch on a Ford 250. It happened at low speed and in a good spot and the break away switch worked and saved the trailer.
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Heading to Ohio to visit my family, we're in NY visiting wife's family and making use of a wood shop. Used to spend every summer growing up with my grandfather camping. For about 5 summers we camped at a place called Willow Lake Campground, going back there for old memories.

Then westward.
Maybe we will see you out there sometime, some place. We will be leaving here soon. Going to go around Texas via upper peninsula Michigan!
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Dang slowmover....there's a lot of bears in that post !!



While you're on the subject of chains and such, how about throwing in your two cents on the idea of grade 70 vs grade 30 for safety believe most travel trailers come with grade 30.

Both of my gooseneck trailers came with gr 70.

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70 is my default as I want each chain assembly be able to handle 10k. Not the only grade that can do it. Peerless and Tulsa Chain each have good sites. No discount store stuff, no matter how it's marked. As with my hitch receiver, I'd prefer things overbuilt.

As to chain attachments on each vehicle see a 2011 thread on TractorbyNet titled Hanging Trailer Chains. See post by The Trailer Guy most of the way through about using half inch rod. That's close to the way I see commercial trailers hauling custom oilfield engineering equipt. behind one tons doing it.

SteveH, I haven't said there was another GMT400 problem going on. Should have said that receivers can wear out, and some fail when most don't. And that I've seen it on mid 2000s Dodge one ton trucks several times. Bears constant examination.
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