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Old 06-25-2013, 09:25 AM
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So, against my better judgement, I picked up a used bumper pull trailer the other day. I have a '13 Ram 1500 ordered, which will hopefully be built someday and be the tow vehicle for it.

Started looking at WDH's yesterday and there are too many to choose from! Prices from around $300 up to $600.

Wondering what kind of WDH's you guys are using on your coil sprung 1500's and how you like/don't like them?

The TT is a 24' box/26' overall, GVWR of 5600 lbs. Mfg specs put the tongue at 500 dry. So I'm guessing around 600 loaded. Sometimes I'll have enough cargo in the bed of the truck to bump up the tongue weight to maybe 800 lbs.

I'll get some actual weights before buying a hitch, but for now say a TW between 600 - 800lbs. What are you using to tow similar with your coil sprung 1500? Mine will be a CC/6'4"/4x4/Hemi/8 speed.

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Not so sure brand matters that much although I think you'll find that most around here use Reese. Myself included. Within each series of any brand is a weight range. Get the proper weight range for your rig. Better to go too heavy than light. Having the right one for your weight range is the key.
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Equal-i-zer and Reese Dual Cam w/ sway are the two favorites on most RV/hauling sites. I have the Equal-i-zer and its absolutely awesome. Tows even really heavy loads like a dream.
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I ended up getting a Blue Ox Sway Pro.

Looks real nice, simple, easy, clean. Since it looks like it is still going to be quite awhile before my truck gets built, I'll probably set it up on my Wife's car for now.

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so, against my better judgement, i picked up a used bumper pull trailer the other day. I have a '13 ram 1500 ordered, which will hopefully be built someday and be the tow vehicle for it.

Started looking at wdh's yesterday and there are too many to choose from! Prices from around $300 up to $600.

Wondering what kind of wdh's you guys are using on your coil sprung 1500's and how you like/don't like them?

The tt is a 24' box/26' overall, gvwr of 5600 lbs. Mfg specs put the tongue at 500 dry. So i'm guessing around 600 loaded. Sometimes i'll have enough cargo in the bed of the truck to bump up the tongue weight to maybe 800 lbs.

I'll get some actual weights before buying a hitch, but for now say a tw between 600 - 800lbs. What are you using to tow similar with your coil sprung 1500? Mine will be a cc/6'4"/4x4/hemi/8 speed.

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I have the Reese dual cam just came home from Maine 250 miles one way travel trailer is 4500# loaded 21' sportsmen love the hitch don't like the draw bar due to Tt being low and the rams hitch being so high. But it tows like a dream.
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get a Class 3 hitch receiver, or Class 4 for a little bit more $$

i would never again use a bumper hitch & ball setup
the bumpers are to light

then buy a ball hitch with the lift or drop that you need

http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2013_Dodge_Ram+Pickup.htm
& then
http://www.etrailer.com/partlist/Dod.../Ball%20Mounts

I used this site because it is easy to navigate & carries the better brands
you may find the same parts elsewhere for less
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Setup the Blue Ox on the Wife's car and towed the 24' TT with it this weekend. Install and adjustment was super simple and easy. Hook up and un-hitching is a piece of cake. Handles full lock turns in both forward and reverse. Towed very nicely, no sway. Quiet, no chains rattling or other noises coming from it. No grease mess anywhere, all contained within the bushings, can put the spring bars on the bed spread if I want, that clean.

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Just weighed my tt today. Its 7420lbs loaded with a 900lb tongue weight. Trailer is 29'4" bumper to tongue or 26' interior length. I have the equalizer 1200lbs set up. My grwr is 9500lbs so i bought the heavier hitch. I was not sure about this hitch at first but once you get it set up it works great. Getting it dialed in perfectly will require some work but once it is it works great. Just got back today 500mile round trip worked great. I travel at about 60mph on highway and it works great.
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