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Old 04-04-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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What does this mean? See paragraph please

In the specs for my van it states dead weight hitch -max trailer wt. 4000 lbs
Dead weight hitch - max tongue wt. 400 lbs
Wt. distribution hitch - max trailer wt. 7300 lbs
Wt. distribution hitch- max tongue wt. 1000 lbs

Can someone clear this up for me? I have a 4500 lbs tt and plan to add a husky 1200 lb weight distribution hitch and sway control so does mean that with the husky I can pull 7300 lbs? Not that I'm going to, but can I if I had to ?


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Old 04-04-2016, 08:42 AM   #2
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I'd say you are good to go.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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What is says is that with a WDH you can have a max tongue weight of 1000lbs. BUT there is more to the equation. Look at the max cargo capacity on the drivers door frame. That is the max load the TV frame can handle. From that you need subtract hitch weight ( approx 100 lbs) the weight of passengers and stuff in the TV. What is left is the max hitch weight you can have. In most cases, the max cargo capacity is exceeded before the max towing capacity.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:55 AM   #4
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By Mac cargo , do you mean gross vehicle weight rating ?


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Old 04-04-2016, 09:01 AM   #5
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Mrpep,that is a Hefty Van what kind is it? Youroo!!
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:08 AM   #6
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:54 PM   #7
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what does this mean?

Short answer - Yes!
Others are talking about what you are carrying in your vehicle, what's in your trailer, but you have figured it out>
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:46 PM   #8
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In the specs for my van it states dead weight hitch -max trailer wt. 4000 lbs
Dead weight hitch - max tongue wt. 400 lbs
Wt. distribution hitch - max trailer wt. 7300 lbs
Wt. distribution hitch- max tongue wt. 1000 lbs

Can someone clear this up for me? I have a 4500 lbs tt and plan to add a husky 1200 lb weight distribution hitch and sway control so does mean that with the husky I can pull 7300 lbs? Not that I'm going to, but can I if I had to ?


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By Mac cargo , do you mean gross vehicle weight rating ?
No.

There are 2 things you're looking at here.

First, your numbers in your original post are strictly dealing with the hitch receiver that came from the factory. As DDC noted, those numbers look fine. But that only means that your hitch receiver is rated to handle your trailer's tongue weight while using a weight distribution hitch (hopefully you've actually measured the tongue weight at a scale and aren't going by a brochure number).

What Flybob is talking about is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (or GVWR) which is your van's maximum allowable weight including all passengers and cargo. The vehicle itself weighs a certain amount and the difference between the GVWR and the vehicle weight is the Cargo Carrying Capacity (or CCC). The total weight of your van, fully loaded with all passengers on board and trailer hitched should not exceed the GVWR. That number should be on a sticker on your drivers door. It's not uncommon for people to exceed the GVWR and its true that manufacturers build in some safety factor in their ratings, but if, and by how much, you're willing to exceed the GVWR is up to you. Adding air bags, springs, etc. does not change the GVWR. That weight is established based on a number things like the rating of your axles, wheels, tires and frame. Obviously you're not going to change axles and the frame so your GVWR is what it is.
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