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Old 07-26-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Front receiver Hitch and Front GAWR

I posted this in the Parkit 360 thread and got no comments so I thought it would get more notice if I started my own thread instead. Here:s the scoop:

I have a Curt front hitch, the one that bolts to the frame. It is rated at 500 lbs tongue weight and 5,000 lbs weight carrying capacity. I also have a diesel engine in the F-350. The front axle is rated at 5,200 lbs. At a recent Cat scale, loaded for a road trip with no trailer (fuel, luggage, a few tools, camper shell etc) and both my wife and I in the cab the front axle weighed 5,080 which is only 120 lbs under the front GAWR. With just me in the cab I am guessing I would be at about 4,960 which is 240 lbs below the GAWR. By now you can see where this is going. Even with a trailer of only 7,000 GVWR I am way over the hitch rating and the axle rating on all three weights! Even a 5,000 lb trailer exceeds everything except the weight carrying capacity of the hitch.

So what does this mean? Is it totally out of the question to use this hitch to jockey a trailer into place? Up till now it has only been used to hold my top side creeper, with my 235 lb self on, which it does very well.
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You are absolutely fine, don't sweat it. The 350 won't even flinch and neither will the receiver - we are talking static load, no dynamic forces and no WD rotational torque bouncing up and down the road at 60mph.
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Back up a second .... just what are you planning to do with the front hitch? Is this just for maneuvering a trailer into a tight campsite? Do you live 50 miles up an insane road and have to tow the trailer in backwards? You *are* over on the numbers, so that will limit how crazy you can get.

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Back up a second .... just what are you planning to do with the front hitch? Is this just for maneuvering a trailer into a tight campsite? Do you live 50 miles up an insane road and have to tow the trailer in backwards? You *are* over on the numbers, so that will limit how crazy you can get.

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I live on a corner with a blind curve and a traffic circle in front. I plan to push a trailer from the street, through my 18' wide gates and about 25 feet across my slightly sloped paved driveway and into my garage.

The blue circle is my short driveway, notice the angle of the gates due to the curved lot. I have been backing work trucks into that garage for about 7 years, there's a lot to watch from every direction including people coming around that curve at a fast clip. We're only 1 street off of a major thoroughfare and traffic can be "brisk" at times.
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Ok, so we're talking a couple dozen passes a year and no speed over 5 mph (both guesses, but probably close). You aren't heading up or down Mt Everest. In that case I think I'd agree with the "don't sweat it" input made above.

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My biggest concern is cracking a leaf spring or two.....I have a straight axle up front (shhhhh don't tell slowmover)
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My biggest concern is cracking a leaf spring or two.....I have a straight axle up front (shhhhh don't tell slowmover)


No way, not on a 350. Thatís a tank minus the treads. Leaf springs wonít crack and collapse if a couple big boys stand on the front bumper

Again - no dynamic load forces involved here... donít sweat it
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No way, not on a 350. Thatís a tank minus the treads. Leaf springs wonít crack and collapse if a couple big boys stand on the front bumper

Again - no dynamic load forces involved here... donít sweat it
Thanks, will see how it goes
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One thing that I noted on my 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD was that the front and rear axle gwr was the same as the oem tire load ratings at the assigned pressures. If you feel too close to the limit, try airing up your front tires when you use the front hitch to park your trailer.
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One thing that I noted on my 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD was that the front and rear axle gwr was the same as the oem tire load ratings at the assigned pressures. If you feel too close to the limit, try airing up your front tires when you use the front hitch to park your trailer.
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