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Old 07-20-2011, 04:02 PM
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Was driving down the street the other day with my 8 y/o son and he said "Dad, you know what would look great with this truck? A boat!" I agree completely and so I am now shopping. I have a 2003 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 6.5' bed 4.7L V8. It has no tow package, so I need to get one installed of course. Two questions:

1) What hitch would you recommend?

2) What's the max combined weight of the boat and trailer I can get? Need to be able to add a couple hundred in gear and still have a cushion as well.
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Here's a link for you to look at: http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/year.pdf

Hope it helps! Try the specs for 2004.
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The web link above is great.

Also, look at the driver's side door jams for gross and rear axle weightings. You have the right idea in terms of factoring in your gear. When you get a boat and trailer, the boat will have a maximum capacity plate that will indicate the max weight of the boat, the motor(s) and gear. Also, your trailer will have a GCVW tag/plate, which is the total combined weight of the trailer, boat, motor and gear. Never exceed the GCVW of the trailer.

If you do not yet have a hitch (looks like you do not), get a class III or IV (it will depend on the max towing capcity of your particuliar truck). You should also get a 7 pin wiring harness as all boat trailers have lights (and some have hydraulic brakes) that will typically require a 4 or 5 pin set-up. So long as you have a 7 pin, you can get an adapter to fit any pin set-up your trailer may have (4,5 or 6).

Have fun with the boat. I have a power boat and love it.
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