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Trailer question

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by 84gmcjimmy, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Don't worry, I am not getting a trailer.
    I have a question though.
    Whats the difference between a trailer with a hitch to your bumper/hitch mount, or using an in bed dove tail structure? Dis/advantages? Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  2. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Difference is where they hook up (duh)

    Bumper pull:

    advantages:
    cheaper to buy
    cheaper for hitch equipment
    can still use the bed
    lighter weight
    flexability of tow vehicle

    disadvantages:
    sway is a possibility

    gooseneck/5er

    advantages:
    feels much more stable when towing
    doesn't sway at all
    tighter turning radius

    disadvantages:
    must tow with a pickup
    usually must have a h/d pickup because of heavy pin weight
    trailer itself is heavier
    more expensive hitching equipment

    I'm sure some others will chime in and give you more info.

    Check out my webshots, my tow rig is set up for both bumper pull and 5th wheel. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. ugly_blazer

    ugly_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    Goosenecks are usually rated to haul more weight than bumper mounts.
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Yep.

    Gooseneck rating = 25,000 lbs, 4,000 lb pin weight
    5th wheel 15-30,000 lbs, 4,000 lb pin weight
    Ball hitch with weight distributing setup, 10,000-12,000 max
    Pintle hooks 15k is common, but they come heavier (although no hitch is rated for that kind of weight nor is any pickup so I guess it doesn't matter).
     
  5. kennyw

    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Don't worry, I am not getting a trailer.

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    /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif That just cracked me up for some reason /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
  6. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Okay thanks I understand now.
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