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Old 04-13-2015, 04:54 PM   #15
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Here's the Curt Class V I had. It was BUILT!!:
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:23 PM   #16
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My class V receiver was so sloppy that the hitch pin was taking the torsional load. It actually elongated the holes in the receiver, and it bent the hitch pin. The square receiver and draw bar should not be so sloppy that the hitch pin stops the rotation. I welded my reducer sleeve to my propride draw bar and the slop was greatly reduced.



I find the Curt products seem well built. Reese better look out!



I wonder if Al found a tongue weight label on his class V receiver under his new Ram?



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My hole for the hitch pin was elongated, too-
No longer with the anti-rattle device-


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Yup Al & Missy...I have to admit, I am pretty jealous of your new ride. I would love to have a diesel, but just can't afford one. Many happy trails to both of you!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:14 PM   #18
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Gavin,
Look for an email and private message from me regarding the "ant-rattle" device.


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I still haven't found a ratings label, only a part number label. But I have now towed about 500 miles round trip and the Equal-i-zer Class V shank with my 10,000/1000 hitch is really snug in the receiver.

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Does anyone tow a 19 ft Bambi with a Lexus GX 470 or a Toyota Sequoia with a 4.7 liter engine?
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:17 PM   #21
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Does anyone tow a 19 ft Bambi with a Lexus GX 470 or a Toyota Sequoia with a 4.7 liter engine?

No, but I tow a 2011 FC20' with a Lexus RX350...


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I have an LX450 right now with almost 200,000 miles on it and am thinking it's not quite powerful enough for a trip thru the Rockies and Grand Tetons. I am afraid I might blow it up.
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David,

My hitch does not have any kind of a weight specifications label on it. I thought that was required by the FMVSS, but I guess not. Further, there are no specs in any of my manuals for tongue weight. I did find this on the Reese site:

"Class V hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 12,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1200 lbs.

Class V hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 17,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1700 lbs."

My hitch seems nice and tight and is certainly suitable for my 6300# trailer with less than 900# tongue weight.

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Your new Ram - Cummins HD pick up is designed for some serious work. A lot of folks use these trucks for commercial purposes. Many of us know folks who are farmers, landscapers, masonry contractors, excavators and the like.

I see these type of trucks connected to big flat bed trailers with heavy skid steer machines or even backhoes on them. The hitch may be a "pintle" type where there is a simple hoop that drops over the ball with a finger that locks down on top of the ball. There is certainly no weight distribution system on these trailers. Folks using trucks like yours are not interested in comfortable towing, they are interested in getting the equipment to the job site.

I was quite surprised to learn that my HD pick up class V hitch is only rated for 600 pounds when a reducer sleeve is used. My Airstream tongue weight is in the low 900 pound range. And I use the reducer sleeve.

But maybe we worry too much about a catastrophic receiver failure. We are much more likely to get in a traffic accident.

Your Ram might have many advanced features including coil spring suspensions as opposed to the leaf springs on mine. Enjoy the ride!

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I have an LX450 right now with almost 200,000 miles on it and am thinking it's not quite powerful enough for a trip thru the Rockies and Grand Tetons. I am afraid I might blow it up.

Do you have the Lexus towing package? I think you have enough power, but certainly with the gas mileage, which is already not too good in that vehicle, would suffer dramatically
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When we were at Jackson Center we met a lady towing a 16' she had just bought with a Lexus RX330.
When she got home to Alabama, she bought a Tahoe.


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When we were at Jackson Center we met a lady towing a 16' she had just bought with a Lexus RX330.
When she got home to Alabama, she bought a Tahoe.


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Well, I know a guy who took one trip towing with his Tundra and then traded it at a big loss for a Dodge 1500 with a Hemi.


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Old 04-16-2015, 10:06 PM   #28
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The Curt 15300 is rated for a 2,400 pound tongue weight and a 16,000 pound trailer weight. It is a Class V with 2" square receiver. It weighs almost 59 pounds.

The Curt 15049 is rated for a 2,550 pound tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer weight. It is rated as a Class V XL with a 2" square receiver and weighs close to 79 pounds. This can be installed even if the factory receiver is installed.
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