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Old 10-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #31
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Hey experts, I'm looking at a trailer with a 740 lb dry hitch weight, but my tow vehicle has a max 720 lb tongue weight. The salesman says that this is no problem because of the weight distribution hitch that I'll be using. May I have your input on this so that I can make an intelligent decision? All other weights are within limits.
Don't believe a word the salesman tells you. He'll tell you anything to make the sale. Look it up in the manufacturers information for your tow vehicle.

(How do you know when the salesman's lying? His lips are moving!)
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:23 PM   #32
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I didn't realize there was a tongue weight limit with a WD hitch published. Any idea where I'd find it?
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:40 PM   #33
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I didn't realize there was a tongue weight limit with a WD hitch published. Any idea where I'd find it?
In your owners manual or on a label posted to the hitch.
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Old 10-19-2014, 05:02 PM   #34
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Nope. Not either place. All they have is the basic hitch limit.
Let me ask this - what % increase do you usually get with a WD hitch over the basic hitch?
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Old 10-19-2014, 05:12 PM   #35
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The two I've had stated a 100 lb difference between the two. That doesn't mean it's always 100 lbs. At any rate, your "dry" weight is probably going to turn into an "actual" weight of around 900 lbs. Take that into consideration. At the least, I'd upgrade to the next class of receiver. Again...that doesn't mean you won't exceed payload and just getting a bigger hitch wont increase anything on the truck...just what the hitch will handle, so check into that.
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Old 10-19-2014, 05:23 PM   #36
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Thanks folks. Appreciate the input.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:30 PM   #37
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The weight is a large factor in deciding a TV. Pretty hard to comment if the weights are in question.
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:42 PM   #38
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a short bed reg cab truck would be a HORRIBLE tow vehicle. Being so light and short you would be jerked all over the road
Really? an SUV would have the same wheel base and weight. what am i missing? added bonus for the truck would be the bed for wood
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #39
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bigger SUVs are longer than the shortest of pickups. Either way, as Murphybed said. "I can't drive the the truck. I am unable to overcome maneuvering it, parking it, and generally dealing with it". Being a foot and half shorter isn't going to matter.
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Nope. Not either place. All they have is the basic hitch limit.
Let me ask this - what % increase do you usually get with a WD hitch over the basic hitch?

My Silverado is 600 and 1000 (WD). If I recall correctly my 4Runner was 500 and 700 (WD).
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