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Old 04-30-2013, 03:36 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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I checked the hitch and there is nothing on it that I can see. The bumper has specs imprinted on it but its the ratings for the bumper hitch only not the class 4

No manual unfortunately
The receiver (if stock) will have a sticker on it. If aftermarket, you need to find some identifying mark on it to try and trace it down. Usually they have a sticker to advertise brand, but at least will have a model number inscribed somewhere.

Can you post a picture? Spent the last three weeks looking at those vintage trucks and used to own a 2005 2500, I can probably identify for you at least if is OEM.

How did you decided it was class IV, just going by the receiver size?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #13
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The receiver (if stock) will have a sticker on it. If aftermarket, you need to find some identifying mark on it to try and trace it down. Usually they have a sticker to advertise brand, but at least will have a model number inscribed somewhere.

Can you post a picture? Spent the last three weeks looking at those vintage trucks and used to own a 2005 2500, I can probably identify for you at least if is OEM.

How did you decided it was class IV, just going by the receiver size?
I called my dealership that has my truck info on the computer. He typed it in and said it was Class 4. Honestly not sure why the factory wouldn't have put a Class 5 in a 1 ton truck.
It looks to be a factory hitch. It uses a 3-4" Round tube that runs through the frame and is welded in place.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #14
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No manual unfortunately
OK. I don't know if you have gas or diesel so check here for the right manual...

My Ram Trucks: Ram Owners Service Manuals - Ram Cars, Minivans, SUVs

Also, you can plug in your VIN here and might get some info ...

2013 RAM Trucks | Towing & Payload Specifications | RAM Trucks

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weird - though do not put too much stock in class IV vs class V, the factory tweaks them to their own settings anyway.

If it is the factory hitch (and the round tube tells me it almost certainly is) then just go with the factory nuymbers. pulled this from Dodge tow guide here:
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While it's not listed in the charts, tongue weight [i] is also an important consideration. The recommended tongue weight is between 10 & 15% of the trailer weight. However, the maximum tongue weight on Class III (The bumper ball) is limited to 500 lbs, and Class IV (The receiver hitch) to 1200 lbs.This requirement overrides any recommended GTW rating, between 10% and 15% of gross trailer weight (GTW). Additionally, the GAWRs and GVWRs should never be exceeded.
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