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Old 09-10-2003, 03:39 PM   #1
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Question Reese hitch

I've read Interesting Reese hitch experience by 85MH325 and that thread was interesting.
Got me to thinking! Which my other half sez is dangerous!
Just got this 30' Classic S/O with GVWR of 9100#. Has a ball height of 19.75" according to AS.
Planning to tow with a Doge 3500 4x4 with a reciever height of 24.75" at top of inside of opening.
Looking at Hi Perf Reese DC with 12OO# bars and a 6" DROP 14" LENGTH drawbar.
Is this overkill?
Any thoughts?
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Old 09-10-2003, 05:19 PM   #2
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Hi, dlorahcof.

I think you're proposing nearly the same setup as I now have, the 12k lb hi-perf draw bar, but I have 1000lb bars. You'll need the 1200 pounders with the slide-out I'd expect...

Just make sure that the top of your hitch ball will fall into the 19" range when mounted, as I doubt you'll experience too much rear-end 'squat' when you put the tongue on it.

Other than that, I'd think you'd be right in the ballpark, and you've certainly got a heavy enough truck. No such thing as overkill IMHO.


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Old 09-10-2003, 07:36 PM   #3
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Smile Reese hitch

Thanks for the feedback.
I couldn't find 1M bars on the Reese site. They went from 8 to 12 so I thought the 12 would have to do with 9 to 1M on the ball.
I hope the haevier bar will not cause too harsh a ride for the trailer.
What i'm having difficultly with now is how far below the reciever to drop the ball. I guess to put the top of the ball at the 19" or so height as you said, I would have to drop it about 5".
I borrowed a head from a guy that tows car trailers to get it home and it towed greatand level on the ball at 45 -50. Guess its a matter of playing with the adjustment once loaded.
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Old 09-13-2003, 04:11 PM   #4
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Reese hitch

I have a Reese hitch, it not in very good condition, but neither was my 30 ft a/s . The hitch broke and the trailer left the tow vehicle. It was a Reese part number 54917, 12,000 lb with a 1200 tongue weight rating. Passing truck hit big wind, the ride was on. Reese hitch broke at 90 degree to the left.

ust purchase new a/s 30 ft installed Hensley Arrow, on this trailer, no more dual cam Reese for me, they seem to be weak.
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