Originally Posted by ramman
Ive done some searching around the forum but I wanted to find out for sure.
I have a 2006 Dodge 3500 with a class 4 factory hitch.
I just purchased an Apex 298BHS. The base weight is 5290 and the hitch weight is 630. GVW on the trailer is 7500.
My question is....do I need a WD hitch if my truck hitch is rated at 1200? And if I do need a WD hitch...what size would you recommend?
Thanks in advance from a newbie
As far as what size WDH:
Loaded camper weight. Use GVWR (7500) or dry/shipped weight plus 1000 (aprox 6300 lbs). Call it 6500. I highly doubt you will get to 7500!!!
You always want 10-15% of loaded trailer weight on the ball, as tongue weight (TW). 6500*12.5% = 812 lbs
For kicks: 6500*15% = 975
For more kicks: 7500*12.5% = 938 lbs
So, you would likely get by with a 1,000 lbs WDH. But 1200 lbs WDH would not hurt you.
For reference, my trailer isn't much over 5000 lbs loaded, and I use a 1000 lbs rated WDH.
I highly recommend the Equil-i-zer brand.