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Re: Buying my first trailer

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03-06-2014 07:44:02

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Gooseneck hands down (if I were you) they tow way better, and Not to start an argument but I slightly disagree with D Beatty, yes goosenecks are heavier, but with a tag trailer you can put 15% of the load on the ball as long as the toung weight doesnt eexceed the recommended weight, with a gooseneck you can put 25% on tongue.
In other words if you have a bumper pull trailer that weighs 3000, add gross axle weight rating is 14k you can put you hoe on @ 9,000 and have a total of 12,000
loaded evenly this gives you 1800 on the tongue, and 10,200 over the axles... if we get technical most tongue weight for a reece hitch setup is 1000 max... so we back the hoe up a little to take 800 lbs off the tongue and add over the axle... this maxes you out on tongue and puts 11,000 over the axle yielding you 3k (mind you that will make the trailer ratio a little light on the tongue.
NOW gooseneck.
3500lb trailer, reccomended load is 25% on tongue. 14k trailer + 9,000 hoe = 12,500.
tongue weight will be 3125 leaving 9375 over axle yeild 4,625 lbs for payload over axles.
this is 1,600 more carrying capacity of the GN with the same rating.... possibly more if your toung rating of trailer and truck cargo have room to spare.
NOW with this said, gooseneck hitches vary in toung weight rating depending on model, also the weights should never exceed what the truck is ment for, and also even with these calculations some manufacturers of trailers say that they wont warrent or cover a trailer that the GROSS weight of the trailer detached from the truck exceeded the GAWR which is BS because the tongue is designed to carry some load and should be exempt from the GAxleWR

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D beatty

03-06-2014 22:20:25

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 Re: Buying my first trailer in reply to cmeador1984, 03-06-2014 07:44:02  
I would not own a Reece hitch there are better hitchs out there. I have a Curt class V hitch with a 20,000lb. shank and a 25,000lb. ball. Hitch is a 16,000lb. gross trailer weight or 17,000 lb. with weight distributing system and a 2,400lb. tongue weight with or without weight distributing system,

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T in NE

03-07-2014 19:44:26

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 Re: Buying my first trailer in reply to D beatty, 03-06-2014 22:20:25  
"reese hitch" often refers generically to a receiver hitch. Like a "brush hog" or "bobcat"

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