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Old 05-23-2010, 01:35 PM
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look on or under the bumper, it may need to be wired up since you dont have the towing package
so with you saying not having a towing package are you talking about weather it having the set up for lights or not for the trailer basically.

i'm sure the set up for the lights if i need em don't cost that much to buy and hook up

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well lets say all togather the load is 4500 with the trailer and car. now i got to figure out the next stuff. man this stuff can be confuessing..... lol

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No worries. It can be confusing but once you know the numbers, doing the math is easy.

Most trucks have a connector in the rear harness for adding a 4-way flat or 7-pin truck to trailer connector.

Here's a simple calculation:

Truck weight (loaded) + trailer weight (loaded) = tow load.

Let's say 4600 + 3400 = 8000

If your truck GVWR (determined by truck specs - engine, suspension, etc) is 8800, then you are 800 pounds under your GVWR...a good thing.

Now, let's say you have this:

4600 + 5400 = 10,000 GVWR. That's 1200 above your GVWR. Not good if your GVWR of the truck is 8800.
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so with you saying not having a towing package are you talking about weather it having the set up for lights or not for the trailer basically.

i'm sure the set up for the lights if i need em don't cost that much to buy and hook up

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No worries. It can be confusing but once you know the numbers, doing the math is easy.

Most trucks have a connector in the rear harness for adding a 4-way flat or 7-pin truck to trailer connector.

Here's a simple calculation:

Truck weight (loaded) + trailer weight (loaded) = tow load.

Let's say 4600 + 3400 = 8000

If your truck GVWR (determined by truck specs - engine, suspension, etc) is 8800, then you are 800 pounds under your GVWR...a good thing.

Now, let's say you have this:

4600 + 5400 = 10,000 GVWR. That's 1200 above your GVWR. Not good if your GVWR of the truck is 8800.


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thanks guys i'll have to figure which hitch is right for me, its shouldn't be hard, plus they don't cost that much so that is a really good thing. my car is 3400 and then what ever the trailer is,

what is a normal wait of a flat bed trailer? ruff est mainly to put a car into

what is a normal wait of enclosed trailer? ruff est again to put a car into

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Maddog your name is really good for you, you were all over me like a mad dog, lol
and also you hemiv8dodgeram1500 you were both a big help, thanks again

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About how long and how wide would the trailer be?

Towing a car on a trailer probably means you need two axles under the trailer.

Let me look at some trailer specs.

I'll post them up here.
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A good aluminum, tandem axle open car hauler trailer will weigh about 1300 pounds ready to hit the road.

That's a good number to use for your figures.

So, 3400 for the load + 1300 for the trailer = 4700 total tow weight.

Properly loaded, the tongue weight would be about 250 pounds.

Receiver hitch classes and capacities are: (TW = Tongue Weight; GTW = Gross Trailer Weight)

Hitch Class I

Max TW up to 200 lbs.

Max GTW up to 2,000 lbs.

Class II

TW up to 300 lbs.

GTW up to 3,500 lbs.

Class III

TW up to 500 lbs.

GTW up to 5,000 lbs.

Class IV

TW up to 1,000 lbs.

GTW up to 10,000 lbs.

In your case, a class III will work just fine.

Now all ya gotta do is weigh your truck when you get back to the States.
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thanks maddog, yea if i do a flatbed trailer it will be from uhaul. but i'm going to try to get a enclosed trailer, that way all the chite that gets kick up won't get all over my mach 1. thanks for taking the time to help me out so much. mean alot. i figure the class 3 or 4 will work for what i need. thanks again

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yeap when i get back to the states i'll do that
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the wife check if it had the harness on it already too hook up a trailer and it does, so we are good to go there, just letting ya'll know, i member it was bought up early in the thread
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