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Old 10-13-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Class 4 to class 5

I'm getting our new trailer ready for our first trip next week and working on getting the weights right. I have a 2012 F150 with max tow. Should be plenty of truck for a 30 ft. 7500 lb. (loaded) trailer, right? Well in checking the sticker on the receiver I found the max tongue weight with WD is 1150 Lbs. The dry tongue weight on the trailer is 772 Lbs. Not a lot of room there and I don't like maxing anything. So I thought I would change over to a class 5 hitch (if I can find one). You would think that with a tow rating of 11300 lbs. a class 5 would be part of the tow package but it's not. Anyone done this and if so where did you find the receiver. thanks for the help.
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:46 AM   #2
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Changing the hitch receiver will not alter your truck max weight rating (GVWR) or max tongue load, unfortunately. Both are truck structure (frame) related. Max tow is based on what the engine, transmission, rear end gear ratio can PULL, irrespective of the load on the frame. All tongue/pin load is TRUCK CARGO and reduces the amount of stuff/people that can go inside the truck as well.

If you feel uncomfortable with your combination, a truck model upgrade may be in your future.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:19 AM   #3
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Truck can "pull" the weight it just "cant" haul the weight!

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Old 10-13-2014, 09:30 AM   #4
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Thats the truth with all F 150's. Need to load appropriately to avoid carried truck weight. I have nothing but empty blue sewage hauler in my truck bed. The rest is in the trailer and i moved heaver items to the rear in the trailer to reduce pin weight. Running with a full water tanks increase axle weight but reduces pin weight or in case of the Rockwood 2703 the tongue weight.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:36 AM   #5
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Our 2500 had a factory hitch on it with a 10K/1K rating.
When we bought our new TT I installed this on the truck.

Construction is much heavier than the factory Dodge hitch, which I'd read can have cracks develop with heavier loads. Easy bolt on mounting, no worries now.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:57 AM   #6
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I'm not concerned about the truck/trailer combination as a whole. Both are well under their max values and even more so in combination. As I said I don't like to max anything. I Can get under the tongue weight a little no problem but my goal is 13% on the tongue. I'd like to do that with as much buffer as I can. May not be able to but anything worth doing is worth doing right. Thanks for the feed back.
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Just out curiosity what is your payload number on this truck?



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Old 10-13-2014, 11:50 AM   #8
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1708 lbs per the sticker on the door. I put very little in the bed and it's just me and the DW.
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1708 lbs per the sticker on the door. I put very little in the bed and it's just me and the DW.
1708 per the book or the actual sticker on door?

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On the door. The book is in general the door applies to this truck and trim level I believe.
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