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as i mentioned, i have a Class 4, came with the truck

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I guess it's personal preference, but I just can't see how that small receiver is going to be as strong as one that mounts directly to the frame.
The bar that it is bolted to is mounted directly to the frame. It is a very strong setup and is what Dodge will provide as the factory option. Just look at the specs...If you use a weight distributing hitch, it's rated for a 10,000 pound trailer and 1000 lb tongue weight. If your towing anymore than that, frankly maybe you should get a 2500. I used to work in the RV industry. Trust me, a class III hitch is more than plenty for most applications.
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The option that is being offered by these places is NOT the factory offered option, at least it wasn't in the case of my dad's truck. He got a square tube, frame mounted Class IV hitch on his truck. I agree that if you go over that weight, you should consider going with the 2500, but it's nice to know that if I NEED a Class IV, it's there, and considering that everywhere I've looked, the Class III and Class IV is the same price, it only makes sense.
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can I even mount one directly to my frame? it would appear that bar is in the way. Sucks because I have a frame mount class IV in my garage, its a Universal Reese that came off an F150. I can weld, so should be no issue , but I am NOT cutting that crossmember off to do it, so what gives?

The front center of the Class IV hitch mounts to the back of the rail with two bolts, just like the Class III hitch does and the receiver hangs below the rail and the bumper. The Class IV also has two bolts going to the frame on each side of the truck. The class III has an additional single large bolt through the bumper ball mount hole to give it a 3 point mount. The class III is avaialble at Amazon for $72 shipped.
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The option that is being offered by these places is NOT the factory offered option, at least it wasn't in the case of my dad's truck. He got a square tube, frame mounted Class IV hitch on his truck. I agree that if you go over that weight, you should consider going with the 2500, but it's nice to know that if I NEED a Class IV, it's there, and considering that everywhere I've looked, the Class III and Class IV is the same price, it only makes sense.

The trucks with hitches I looked at on my dealer's lot have the same Class III hitch I have. Curt claims this is an OEM style hitch. I bet Chrysler offers both hitches as options.
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The trucks with hitches I looked at on my dealer's lot have the same Class III hitch I have. Curt claims this is an OEM style hitch. I bet Chrysler offers both hitches as options.
True, or the dealer could have had a local truck shop install the class IV hitch, like my dealer offered. I wanted the oem style so I ordered it. That small center section like I have IS the oem option. Go to dodge and take a look at the pic in the parts book.
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Cool I think I understand the towing equation

So we have a small class III receiver hitch that is attached to the cross member under the truck. This in essence means that the small part you wold buy from drawtite, hidden hitch, etc... like having one of the larger hitches that come with a cross member and brackets that attach to the frame. The limits come to play when you use a load distribution hitch that is something that you can slide into the receiver. That hitch increases the limit of total GVWR for the trailer you can tow from 6000 to 10000. The engine and tranny can handle up to 10525 or something like that.

I just want to make sure that I can pull the trailer that I want to buy. I also do not want to spend too much money on a receiver hitch if I do not need it. I am pretty sure when I want to trade up to a bigger trailer I will also trade up to a 2500 cummins.

Sorry if I hijacked your thread. Maybe I will repost, but this is what I am planning to do. Those of you with more knowledge let me know if I am correct.

Install Class III reciever hitch like this one...
http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2011300060

and buy a load dist hitch like this one...
http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...ies/49569.html

and pull something like a travel trailer up to 10000lbs

Does that make sense?

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So we have a small class III receiver hitch that is attached to the cross member under the truck. This in essence means that the small part you wold buy from drawtite, hidden hitch, etc... like having one of the larger hitches that come with a cross member and brackets that attach to the frame. The limits come to play when you use a load distribution hitch that is something that you can slide into the receiver. That hitch increases the limit of total GVWR for the trailer you can tow from 6000 to 10000. The engine and tranny can handle up to 10525 or something like that.

I just want to make sure that I can pull the trailer that I want to buy. I also do not want to spend too much money on a receiver hitch if I do not need it. I am pretty sure when I want to trade up to a bigger trailer I will also trade up to a 2500 cummins.

Sorry if I hijacked your thread. Maybe I will repost, but this is what I am planning to do. Those of you with more knowledge let me know if I am correct.

Install Class III reciever hitch like this one...
http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2011300060

and buy a load dist hitch like this one...
http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...ies/49569.html

and pull something like a travel trailer up to 10000lbs

Does that make sense?

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You are correct. As long as you don't go over 10k lbs you will be good to go. Don't forget to verifiy the tongue weight of the trailer too. The class III receiver is rated for 1000lbs but the dist hitch you linked is only rated to 800lbs. BTW, the Curt 13333 hitch is avaialbe at Amazon for $72 shipped.
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You are correct. As long as you don't go over 10k lbs you will be good to go. Don't forget to verifiy the tongue weight of the trailer too. The class III receiver is rated for 1000lbs but the dist hitch you linked is only rated to 800lbs. BTW, the Curt 13333 hitch is avaialbe at Amazon for $72 shipped.
Thanks for the tip I ordered the curt one you mentioned from Amazon. I also had an unused credit so I got it for $60

I will post pics once I install it...

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The front center of the Class IV hitch mounts to the back of the rail with two bolts, just like the Class III hitch does and the receiver hangs below the rail and the bumper. The Class IV also has two bolts going to the frame on each side of the truck. The class III has an additional single large bolt through the bumper ball mount hole to give it a 3 point mount. The class III is avaialble at Amazon for $72 shipped.

You must not have understood me. I have a weight distributing trailer hitch (Class IV) that I want to put on my Ram. Can it be done? or is that support in the way? If not I am only out $5 (what the hitch cost me at a yard sale) and I suppose I could pop for the one from Amazon. I just need to know if I can use the one I have or if I need to pass it on to someone who can use it.
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