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Old 04-09-2014, 06:29 PM
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I'm new to towing and will be towing a boat with my 1500 this summer. I was told that you should tow something that will reach your max towing capacity. My boat weighs 4900 pounds (dry weight). My trucks capacity is well over any weight that I'll reach with fuel and other cargo in the boat/truck. I have a ball mount and ball that have a 6000 pound capacity. Is that enough or should I buy a class IV ball and ball mount? Thanks.
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I would think that would be a class 4 capacity. Sometimes weight rating are confusing and often list to weights, one for a regular hitch and another for a weight distributing hitch. You need to figure out which one that rating is for. Go ahead and get a class 5 if you aren't sure, there isn't much price difference.
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With towing, it never hurts to go overkill. Also check and see what the tongue weight of the boat is, as that plays a large role too. You should be fine with a Class 4. A class 5 never hurts though because then your good for anything and everything, and will look like you do some serious towing
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It falls under a class 3 rating by the dry weight, but lets face it you'll be adding more weight to it so I would go class 4.
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Which ever unit you decide to go with, do Not use a ball that is mounted only on the bumper

A Class 3 receiver hitch at least bolts to the bumper & the frame
A Class 4 receiver hitch does not use the bumper at all, it bolts directly to the frame
The ball mount slides into the receiver mount & has a hitch pin holding it in, locking or non locking pin
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I don't tow, but i do have a Class 4 & i am ready for just about anything that arises







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agree with everyone who says go above beyond what you need.
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I was told that you should tow something that will reach your max towing capacity.
This sounds kind of weird. Towing things that are under or well-within your towing capacity is absolutely fine. In fact if you are regularly towing something that approaches your max. towing capacity you should probably get a truck with a higher tow rating.

Make sure that the trailer's tongue weight combined with the weight of passengers and cargo does not exceed your truck's payload, as that is often the limiting factor in determining whether or not a truck can tow something. I doubt it will though since boats usually have pretty light tongue weights.

Your load is under 5000 lbs so you don't really need a weight distributing hitch, but don't use your bumper for towing. You can, but it is inferior in every way to using the class 4 hitch receiver that is mounted to the frame. GTyankee is spot on there.
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Don't ever tow with a bumper ball. Get a good hitch and save yourself the trouble. I don't know why they still even offer bumper balls.
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SAY WHAT ??

These are bumper balls

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