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Old 04-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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new to RVs...WD hitch question

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
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Make sure about that rating. My F150 hitch has TWO ratings; one without WD (500 pounds) and one WITH WD (1,150 pounds). You might need WD to get to that 1,200 you mentioned.
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Never go by dry weights because no one camps in an empty camper. Amazing how my 21 footer grew almost 1000lbs fully loaded for camping.

Check your hitch, and see what your limits are without WDH. Then add about 1500 to your dry weight, and take 12 to 15% of that to estimate tongue weight. Bet you get close to 1000lbs and 99% sure you will ned a WDH.
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Make sure about that rating. My F150 hitch has TWO ratings; one without WD (500 pounds) and one WITH WD (1,150 pounds). You might need WD to get to that 1,200 you mentioned.

I've done more searching and I can't find a concrete answer about that. Some guys are saying its 1200 with WD and 600 without. Some say its straight 1200. Very confusing and difficult to find a solid answer.
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Best not to go by what others say with that rating. Usually, you can find this in two or three places. Check the receiver and your manual's towing section first.
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Never go by dry weights because no one camps in an empty camper. Amazing how my 21 footer grew almost 1000lbs fully loaded for camping.

Check your hitch, and see what your limits are without WDH. Then add about 1500 to your dry weight, and take 12 to 15% of that to estimate tongue weight. Bet you get close to 1000lbs and 99% sure you will ned a WDH.

So, if thats the numbers I come up with and I end up that I do need a WD hitch...does that mean I would need to buy a 1000lb tongue weight WD hitch? Sorry if thats a dumb question but I'm trying to learn as I go here lol

TBH...I'm leaning towards buying one anyway just for a little better control and hopefully a little less sway. I had a local guy with a used WD but it only had a tongue weight of 600lbs and a GTW of 10,000. The GTW was fine but I'm still confused on the tongue weight thing
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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
first off, class IV, are you sure? that is 10K limit (generally.) My Ford has a Class V. Is it possible you have an aftermarket hitch?

And even class 5 is only rated at 1K non-WDH.

With a GVWR of 7500, assuming 15% tongue weight on max you would be at 1125, so over that 1K figure.

While I am pretty sure your 3500 can handle that trailer without any WDH at all, if it were me I would still look at it just for comfort. Putting some weight back up front makes the truck drive better.
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1200 lbs on a WC hitch (non-WD) will remove a LOT of weight from the front wheels. Can't calculate for you without your wheelbase location of hitch wrt rear axle. You likely have plenty of payload capacity, but would still need a WDH for proper handling. But I agree that vehicles almost always have dual ratings. 1 for WC and 1 for WD. The hitch ratings may or may not match that rating. But the hitch (if OEM) will always be equal to or greater than what you find in the manual. It's that whole "weakest link" thing.

You need to find your owner's manual, and read up in the towing section. Everything you need should be there. If you don't have the manual, get one. Check the dealer or online.
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So, if thats the numbers I come up with and I end up that I do need a WD hitch...does that mean I would need to buy a 1000lb tongue weight WD hitch? Sorry if thats a dumb question but I'm trying to learn as I go here lol

TBH...I'm leaning towards buying one anyway just for a little better control and hopefully a little less sway. I had a local guy with a used WD but it only had a tongue weight of 600lbs and a GTW of 10,000. The GTW was fine but I'm still confused on the tongue weight thing
I use the 600s on my trailer. I would go with the 1000s. With the 1 ton, you definitely don't need to crank on them.
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Best not to go by what others say with that rating. Usually, you can find this in two or three places. Check the receiver and your manual's towing section first.
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
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