- Sep 16, 2006
I am towing a 35' OAL trailer on a Drawtite WD hitch. I have a 2002 Dodge 2500 4wd with tow package, auto, 5.9L Cummins, the 24 valve model. Trailer weight with propane full is 8600 lbs. Tounge weight same is roughly 900lbs. So you can see I'm pretty close to the limit on my hitch, 10000lbs- 1100 tongue w/ WD hitch. I know I should move up to a 3500, and probably will next year, as soon as this one is paid for. I bought the trailer knowing it was close to the limit on a class 4, because I wasn't likely to see a deal like this one pop up again, (19.5k out the door on a new 2005 Pilgrim 308FLSS) and knew I was moving to the 3500 eventually. We have allready towed it from Anchorage to Seward and Homer, no issues with weight, the truck seems to love to pull it. Slows me down in the mountains, 45-50mph, but maintains 1500-2100 rpms and no heat issues. I do not, however like the spring bar setup, it seems that the binders(I have no idea what they are actually called)have shifted a little whenever I get where I am going. Is there a reason why I can't weld them down? Would a heavier set of bars allow me to not tighten down on them so hard in order to get the truck properly loaded? Should I just go to a Class 5 setup all the way around? I tried something different coming home this weekend, my bathroom is right over the axles so I put 1 full propane tank and my generator, an Onan 2400, about 120lbs, in there and it seemed like the binders didn't move a bit. I'm a little confused, I know theoretically how they work, but would like some expert opinions.