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Old 03-05-2019, 03:45 PM
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Default Towing a 7000lb boat with a 5000 lb hitch

I have a 2015 Lexus GX 460 SUV which is rated for a 6500lb towing capacity but Uhaul will only put on a 5000lb hitch. I'm shopping for a heavier hitch. Do you think I can safely haul my 24 Hydrasport two miles to the ramp twice a year with a 5,ooo lb hitch? I also have a tandem trailer but the brake is disconnected.

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Probably, but............
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See if you can find an easy bolt on online for the right capacity. I put one on my wife's SRX. Pretty easy.
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I see no good coming from it your over the limit of the tow vehicle, receiver and now your going to try to stop it without trailer brakes thats going to leave a mark
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Two miles twice a year? How slow can you drive on the two miles of road? If something bad happens I would assume you would face liability issues. But two miles, if on slow speed roads, would not be a problem.
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You could always rent a pickup twice a year.
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you need a wdh but 2 miles twice a year? Just send it
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Tell your buddy you'll take him fishing if he puts the boat in the water with his truck. For the piece of mine, go rent a uhual for a hour of two.
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Wait, #7000 boat or #7000 boat, motor, fuel and trailer? If it is the former, you are at least #8500. I’d be renting a 1500/2500 to be safe. Thats what I do. My rig weighs #8400 all in and my QX80 is rated for #8500.
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Sure you will be fine. Everyone does it but ignores it. Almost EVERY hitch on every truck is limited as 5K weight carrying and requires a WD to tow over 5K but no one ever listens to it.
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Originally Posted by kells4 View Post
I have a 2015 Lexus GX 460 SUV which is rated for a 6500lb towing capacity but Uhaul will only put on a 5000lb hitch. I'm shopping for a heavier hitch. Do you think I can safely haul my 24 Hydrasport two miles to the ramp twice a year with a 5,ooo lb hitch? I also have a tandem trailer but the brake is disconnected.

Thanks for any opinions!!
Can you? Yes. SHOULD you? Depends. No one would tell you it's ok..........
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Originally Posted by richeerich View Post
you need a wdh but 2 miles twice a year? Just send it
on second thought, you’re not just sticking a hitch on there and thinking you can get to max tow capacity are you?
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I am a big, big, fan of brakes on all axles. Seen one bad accident with a person 9nly going 2 miles. If that is your real towed weigh5 you should be ok. As stated most hitch’s are only rated 5000 unless with a weight distributing hitch. Quite a few people on this site are towing with a similar set up.
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Find a bolt-on hitch somewhere else with a higher capacity if possible. But 5000 pounds is a common hitch capacity. Get the brakes fixed! You do not need high $$$ stainless but make sure the brakes work.
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Stay below the tongue weight and gross trailer weigh and call it a day. And skip the uhaul hitch on a Lexus.
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Originally Posted by kells4 View Post
I have a 2015 Lexus GX 460 SUV which is rated for a 6500lb towing capacity but Uhaul will only put on a 5000lb hitch. I'm shopping for a heavier hitch. Do you think I can safely haul my 24 Hydrasport two miles to the ramp twice a year with a 5,ooo lb hitch? I also have a tandem trailer but the brake is disconnected.

Thanks for any opinions!!
two miles, tow that sheaaatttt alll goodm
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Yes.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:34 AM
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It looks like all the aftermarket hitches just bolt onto the bottom of the rear cross member and are only rated for 5k lbs.
You'll have to go to Lexus if you want to tow more than that.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Sure you will be fine. Everyone does it but ignores it. Almost EVERY hitch on every truck is limited as 5K weight carrying and requires a WD to tow over 5K but no one ever listens to it.
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
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