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davisenvy

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Posted: 06/12/20 02:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2020 Ram 1500 with a max towing of 11,447 lbs and I'm looking to tow a 25ft toy hauler with a hitch weight of 790lbs and overall weight of 5,100 lbs.

I found the camper about 125 mi away and I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. I didn't have a chance to pick up a WD hitch yet and I'm planning on towing the unit back tomorrow without one. I know it won't be fun and my truck will be squatting a good bit. Would loading a motorcycle in the trailer help with the tongue weight?

Not looking for the weight police, just some that may have had experience with this similar set up and situation.


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It'll help with the steering issue you would have empty. The further back you put the bike, the better. Maybe even load it sideways, towards the cargo door.

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You can get it home if you're super careful, not that I'd brag about it. The weight police are going to eat you alive though.

I think I drove home with my first RV without the WD hitch and sway control. I sure was happier once I installed them though.

Take it easy on your drive.


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Posted: 06/12/20 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How off level do you believe your truck will be? Front brakes won’t help much.


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I hope it works out for you. It's not a risk that I would take. Why not just buy the WD hitch before you try to tow your new trailer home?


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What does your hitch say as far as limits? I'm glad you're not near my loves ones.

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If your hitch is rated for weight bearing to match the tongue weight I see no problem. I'm quite certain your truck would have enough payload to handle that tongue weight unless you've got it loaded down with a topper, toolbox, or other accessories. Your tongue weight should be well over 10% of the trailer weight so no problem there.
If your hitch is only rated 500 pounds weight carrying then you will be over that limit which would worry me a bit.

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If it was me I would hitch up and take it home. I t will be empty. Back in the 50 and 60s we never had WD or the adjustably hitch head. I towed thousands of miles with no problems. I don't now


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Posted: 06/13/20 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pump the rear P tires to max sidewall and go get the trailer.
When pulling any bumper pull trailer, or any GN/pintle hitch/5th wheel hitch trailer, for the first time I do some low speed steering wheel moves to see if it has any tail waggin' the dog issues. Then as I increase speed and do it several more times till I know how the trailer will react.

If it has a tendency to wag a bit I keep my speed below that point.


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Well I was able to find a WD hitch and go get the camper. The owner failed to mention there was severe dry rot on all 4 tires, so I left it there and drove back home empty handed. Not the first time I've driven long distances to see a vehicle misrepresented. This is exactly why I purchased all of my previous campers new. I just don't have time for all of the wild goose chases.

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