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Old 05-10-2010, 01:36 PM
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well we probably just bought a 32 ft travel trailer ways 4600 pounds what should i have done to my truck to do this safely it has the 5.2L hemi 3.92 rear gears, i am in the market for a trailer break whats some good brands (should dealer install) any towing tips, thanks in advance
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hey MADDOG its in the right section this time LOOK AT ME i got it right
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I have a reese brake controller that I picked up at advanced, around $60. Whats the gross weight of the trailer?
Make sure you get a weight distributing hitch with the anti sway, makes it so much easier and your front end won't float.
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already got a quote on the break controller and weight distribution hitch the trailers weight is 4670 so i am pretty sure my truck can handle it
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Hemi, sounds like your on the right track. I have a Prodigy brake controller and love it. I have always tried to set the brakes on any trailer to engage just a bit before the truck -- gives me peace of mind to feel the trailer brakes working just as hard or harder than those on the tow vehicle. Your gearing is identical to mine and I pull a trailer with a 5600 lb weight, less the added stuff like food, clothes, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. Other than the noticeable drop in mpg, I really don't feel the trailer behind me except on long or steep hills. I pull to a local lake about 25 miles away w/o my E-qualizer hitch, but for longer trips I use it--the trailer just behaves a little bit better in traffic with it. I recommend the E-qualizer hitch. It has what they call 4-point sway control--combines weight distribution and sway control very effectively and it is pretty easy to hook up--no chains to snap, but the dang ball hitch is heavy.

Do you have the towing package on your truck? I also have auxiliary oil cooler and transmission cooler and never a problem with towing. I did swap out the standard 1500 mirrors for the 2500/3500 towing mirrors and it has been one of the smartest things I've done--can see behind me very well, can see the trailer tires while towing and when not towing, I have absolutely no blind spots.



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Your truck won't have any trouble pulling that trailer. You've got the right power plant and gears.
If you have the trailer towing package, then there is a connector under the dash near the park brake that is for the electric brake controller. All reputable brands offer the cable that connects their controller to the factory plug....makes for real simple install.
As for the controller, I recommend getting a proportional one. All the major offer them, and all of them are pretty solid.
I personally favor the Valley units, but for no particular reason.
Check on the towing section in the Generational Forums. There have been many posts about who has what, and what they think of it.
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awesome thanks everyone and yes i have the towing package
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'Cept there is no 5.2L Hemi... Yep, ya got the towing requirements covered.
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'Cept there is no 5.2L Hemi... Yep, ya got the towing requirements covered.
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'Cept there is no 5.2L Hemi... Yep, ya got the towing requirements covered.
LOL i have 2 trucks and am very tired from a 4 hour drive to see the camper LMAO
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