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Towing a 7000lb boat with a 5000 lb hitch

Old 03-06-2019, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Manoverboard123 View Post
You do realize your truck probably has a 5K hitch?
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:26 AM
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Two miles at 30 miles an hour no problem. Two miles at 70 miles an hour, No.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:54 AM
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Just to launch and retrieve at the start/end of season? I would just rent a truck for the $50-60 it will cost you and not have to worry about any what ifs
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by rucus0101 View Post


This is even true in some of the 3/4 ton plus trucks. A gas 250 use to only have 6000 pound weight carrying hitch capacity. The new f250 rates to limit on the hitch but a lot of the older ones and other brands use to not. I see people towing 24 ft 8500 pound wake board boats all day no WDH behind f150s
lets also not forget the amount of people pulling an 8k rig with a 4K Reese ball from Walmart
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post
You do realize your truck probably has a 5K hitch?
Oh I know it does! That's just a bit too much boat for that rig IMO. I'd rent a uhaul truck every year.
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:42 PM
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I think there may be some confusion on hitch vs receiver most half ton receivers are rated higher that 5k for example gm rates their receivers at 12 k most draw bars you buy at Walmart are 5k but you can get a draw bar rated higher .I think the receiver he is having installed is only rated 5k
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bsh102 View Post
Two miles at 30 miles an hour no problem. Two miles at 70 miles an hour, No.
This is correct. Forces go up with the square of the speed, so that hitch should be totally safe at 30 mph.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:46 PM
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Old 03-10-2019, 02:57 PM
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Fix the trailer brakes. You’ll be fine
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:23 AM
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Get a receiver that takes a 2" ball with the 1"dia shank rated at 7500 lbs. Honestly though years ago I talked to a hitch installer about the ratings and work with mechanical engineers. Both told me that the hitches and equipment are built to handle a much higher load than what is stamped on them. I've towed my rig (about 6500lbs) for the past 3 years on long trips and it's hasn't been an issue. Though as a few have stated get the brakes working if you can. Did your vehicle come with a brake control harness that plugs in and has a 7-round on the back? If so, adding a controller is plug and play.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:28 PM
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Just go slow , real slow

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Old 03-14-2019, 10:45 PM
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Welcome to 'can I tow more than I'm rated for' thread number 2768. There must be an answer in there somewhere. oh wait there it is....."rated"
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:18 AM
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Can believe nobody said it yet RAV 4
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