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atexintx

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I've gone to 3 places for info on getting a hitch for my Grand Caravan. I'm not mechanical (yet) so I tell them I want info/prices on everything I need to pull a sm trailer (3K lbs - 17', 7 pin). I've got quotes for $448 UHaul for 4,500 lbs, $640 Dodge dealer for 3,800 and $1,081 Camping World. I believe the UHaul and Dodge Dealer did not include the brake controller and installation but I understand that's not a big expense. So, I've got my work cut out to find out - "Will the REAL hitch stand up"!

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What’s your max trailer weight? But you’ll run out of payload first.


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Posted: 09/03/19 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lets start here, do you have a receiver?

Then we can discuss a WDH.

And a brake controller.

The sizes and models I linked to are just representative.





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he did say hitch!

i installed a Curt receiver from etrailer on our dodge dakota several years ago

excellent quality compared to the original from dodge

easy install on the dakota, cant speak for the caravan model

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2017_Dodge_Grand+Caravan.htm


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I had the dealer include the WD hitch installation when we negotiated the TT price.

I have a Blue Ox which works fine for my 25 ft. TT. It sold for $850.00 five years ago. Of course the dealer paid a lot less.

My brake controller is much older, from a previous unit, so I do not know the cost of a newer model.


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First, pls list exactly what those prices are buying. Until you do that, we are just guessing as to which/what you need.
And telling you what we did which I am sure is a big help.

btw, I use a Prodigy brake controller. [emoticon]

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ford OEM controller of me is night and day better than the cheap time delay unit I had in my grand Cherokee. Spend the money on a high end controller and hitch with antisway it will make your marginal tow vehicle much more happy. as for the receiver as long is its in the right rating go with the best price. likely u haul.


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Thank you all for the responses. Here's a big part of the problem - I'm dumber than a bucket of nails when it comes to these mechanical issues. I don't understand most of the terms in the replies. But, I was hoping that if I laid out what I have to work with that someone can give some specific input on what my essential needs are. For exp: I've got the Caravan and the max load I can pull is about 3K lbs. It will be a 16 or 17' trailer. It's a 3.6 litre motor. And, I need the entire works meaning the parts, electrical wiring, etc. It seems like this should be easy to diagnose but I'm getting just too many different answers. I'm stuck with the Caravan due to financial constraints.

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Lwiddis wrote:

What’s your max trailer weight? But you’ll run out of payload first.


As mentioned in my post, I'll be pulling no more than a 3K lb trailer. I don't understand "But you’ll run out of payload first".

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CFerguson wrote:

First, pls list exactly what those prices are buying. Until you do that, we are just guessing as to which/what you need.
And telling you what we did which I am sure is a big help.

btw, I use a Prodigy brake controller. [emoticon]


The list of items on each quote from the three vendors was too expansive to list here - and I don't understand much of what they've listed nor do I understand if there is a duplication of parts but the vendors are using a different terminology. It's very confusing for me.

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