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Old 09-21-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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New Hitch?

We purchased an 08, M30 a couple months back and find the hitch which came with it is a little wanting. We are thinking of getting a Pro Pride or Hensley but can't seem to find much information on hitch weight. The plate on the roadside
of the trailer says Gross Weight 10,000 lbs. In other information I find about 8000 lbs? As we don't have access to a tong weight scale I am wondering if
some of you out there have anything better than what we have which is pretty much nothing!
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:40 AM   #2
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Not quite understanding what you're looking for.

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Old 09-22-2016, 01:00 AM   #3
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You can take your trailer to the nearest truck stop and weigh the trailer off hitch. As much time and effort as that takes, I was looking for another method to weight the tongue. The owner's manual in my 27 yr old trailer suggested using a bathroom scale. Here's the method they suggest.

I haven't tried this yet, but plan to do so soon.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:02 AM   #4
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ProPride systems are rated for up to 10,000 pound towing I think. See their website, contact Sean for his inputs. IMHO the ProPride is a good buy, but my rug is not that heavy. I went with Sean's recommendation for the WD bars. (Sean is owner and is expert on his product. If he thinks it's not good enough, he will tell you straight up. )

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Old 09-22-2016, 06:15 AM   #5
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Hitch weight 2008 Classic


in the document archive it shows 670 lbs for your trailer. This is without options or fluids. They now carry propane weight in the hitch calc. but don't know in 2008. You should at least consider 670 for a minimum hitch weight. And IMHO, your hitch on your tow vehicle should be rated for 1000 lbs.

We currently see that what they publish for hitch weights is lacking.

What your plate says is correct for your trailer and you should abide by that. Where the 8,000 you found is dubious.

Base weight and gross weight are different. Base weight is less than gross weight and without options included by special orders, previous owners or yourself.

NCC (Net Carrying Capacity) is what the limit you can carry in the trailer minus the options.

How to figure this is to bring your trailer to a scale completely empty and weigh it. This will be your new base weight.
Then subtract YOUR base weight from the GVW and that is YOUR NCC.

If you put a hitch on it, then subtract from your NCC.

The hitch opinions her will vary as to type and mfg. It will be you choice to as to which one you would prefer and work well for you.

It will depend on your tow vehicle for sure. But the hitch you chose will be required to handle the GVW of your trailer, which is 10,000 lbs.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:39 AM   #7
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Thanks to all !!

Thanks everyone for the great replies! I will follow
the suggestions given.
The M30 is a 31 with the shower on the curb side of the Airstream.
(So I am told)
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