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Old 11-25-2007, 08:26 AM
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Default '05 2500 Dodge diesel 4 x 4 factory hitch towing

The specs for the bumper hitch are shown, but can't find the specs for the frame hitch.

Anyone know what came standard on the 05s?
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:21 AM
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factory hitch is 10,000 , 1000 weight carrying
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:24 AM
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My 05 came with a class 4 hitch and my towing capacity is around 12,000 pds. 4x4 Diesel

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Default Re: '05 2500 Dodge diesel 4 x 4 factory hitch towing

Thank you for your responses. My 98 also had a Class IV hitch, where the heck did they put the nos. on the 2005 hitch?
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Thank you for your responses. My 98 also had a Class IV hitch, where the heck did they put the nos. on the 2005 hitch?
on my friends 2004, they are on the inside of the mounting tab where it goes forward to bolt onto the frame. I believe it was also listed on the window sticker on my truck.
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Default Re: '05 2500 Dodge diesel 4 x 4 factory hitch towing

The highest frame hitch weight carring Ive seen is 6000# . If you go with a weight distrubiting setup the hitch will hold 10000-12000#. My factory hitch is rated 5000# 500# and 10000# 1000# weight dis. Ive never seen a weight dis. setup for boat trailers only for campers.
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Old 11-25-2007, 12:52 PM
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I do not think the hitch will hold 10,000 pds. Frankly I think the rear of the truck will colapse if you put 10,000 pds on the hitch. Now with weight distribution and a 10% of the weight on the hitch you can go to 12,000 pds. Go to page 293 of the owners manual and there it will say that TRAILER TOWING_HITCHES with a class 4 hitch you can TOW a trailer of up to 12,000 pounds and a TONGUE weight at least 10% and no more than 15% of gross trailer weight. This of course on the 05 Dodge Ram 4x4 Diesel that we are talking about.

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I do not think the hitch will hold 10,000 pds. Frankly I think the rear of the truck will colapse if you put 10,000 pds on the hitch. Now with weight distribution and a 10% of the weight on the hitch you can go to 12,000 pds. Go to page 293 of the owners manual and there it will say that TRAILER TOWING_HITCHES with a class 4 hitch you can TOW a trailer of up to 12,000 pounds and a TONGUE weight at least 10% and no more than 15% of gross trailer weight. This of course on the 05 Dodge Ram 4x4 Diesel that we are talking about.

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Who said anything about putting 10,000 pounds of weight on the hitch? How did you come up
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:18 AM
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The weight listed in the maual is for use with a weight distributing hitch. Without will be a much lower rating.
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Go to www.Dodge.com/towing and put in your model info and it will give you the towing specs for your vehicle. All max towing capacities are with a weight distributing hitch setup. I have one for the boat I tow so they do make them for boat trailers, you just have to get a pole tongue adapter. Mine is the Reese Tow Beast set-up rated for 17,000 lbs max. However, your truck can only legally pull whatever is the lowest rating of all your components is(ball, shank, hitch, truck rating, etc). It takes a while and some research to actually find components that are rated high enough. I have a 2 5/16's ball rated at 16,000lbs, a tow beast hitch shank and pin at 17,000lb, a tow beast weight distributing set up at 17,000lb, a tow beast class V hitch at 14,000lb, and a tow rating at 15,950lbs. My boat is a very heavy Hydra-Sports 3300VX.
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Stan...none of the 3/4 or 1 ton trucks on the market come with an appropriate hitch. The cheapest route to go is the Putnam XDR.
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Still sounds more than capable of towing a 23' boat. Thats what you have isn't it Stan?
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I think a 23' Tounament boat, built well (the Onslow Bay is over 4000# dry and 26'9"), with 800-1000# twins....1000# of fuel...gear and a trailer (2000#) will definitely be over the largest OEM hitch I have seen on a diesel 3/4 or 1 ton which is 7500#. None of these trucks come with more capacity hitches than that....so a Stan's boat rigged to go will be over thevlimit of the hitches that come stock. You get a hitch rated for what the 1/2 ton gassers will tow.....and that is just plain stupid...and also a sign that too many people buy these trucks for groceries and not the task they are built to do.
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