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LoudRam

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I just bought a 2019 Ram 1500 classic and it doesn't have a receiver so I need to put one on. What is the difference in these styles? I understand the class difference and I'm still debating on whether to use a class 3 or 4 but I can't find any info on the style difference. Both styles can be found in class 3 and 4.

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It's not a matter of style. The class is determined by the weight of what you intend to tow.


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I don think you can use a WD hitch with that little thing on the bottom of your picture.





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Isn’t Class III limited to 800 pounds of hitch weight where IV is a thousand? Pretty easy to hit 800 pounds. Max hitch weight on the Silverado is 1,250.


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K Charles wrote:

I don think you can use a WD hitch with that little thing on the bottom of your picture.


Some you can. It depends on the receiver itself. The Mopar one like that says it has a limit of 5000/500 without a WD hitch and 12000/1200 with one.

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I use an Equalizer WD hitch.

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LoudRam wrote:

I just bought a 2019 Ram 1500 classic and it doesn't have a receiver so I need to put one on. What is the difference in these styles? I understand the class difference and I'm still debating on whether to use a class 3 or 4 but I can't find any info on the style difference. Both styles can be found in class 3 and 4.

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i gotta ask, if your Ram didn't come with a receiver, it must not have the factory tow package, correct? therefore did you have a brake controller and its wiring installed and a trans cooler installed?
Also your combo pic doesn't seem to show that you're using a WDH since i don't see one in the pic and your Ram has a lot of rear sag.


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It is pre-wired and has a trans cooler. I made sure of that. I made them get me a build sheet for the truck. And yes I am using an Equalizer WD hitch. That pic is deceiving, the rear sag isn't that bad, it's actually level and that's my old truck not my new one. And yes I have a brake controller. I took my P3 out of my old truck. I have it all under control. I just need to install a receiver and order a new harness for my brake controller and mount it.

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The bottom one is the way to go! It bolts to the cross tube that the factory receiver is bolted too. No need for the complete add on one, it's going to hang lower and reduce ground clearance.


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So, it appears that there is already a frame mounted cross "tube" on the trucks that come with no receiver hitch installed? Seems strange but mfgs do strange things.
Personally, even though the little bolt class IV is rated 1000/10000, I'd spend the $150 vs $60 and just get a real frame mounted class V receiver.
If for no other reason than the small one ties into the bumper and the cross tube and I wouldn't want a hitch tied to the truck bumper.

For me, this is not a good place to save $100.

What's strange, is Hemi with 3.92s and no OE trailer hitch. Mfgs sure do weird things sometimes.


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Grit dog wrote:

What's strange, is Hemi with 3.92s and no OE trailer hitch. Mfgs sure do weird things sometimes.

Probably never tested that engine with trailer towing. My RT Charger was capable of 3800 lbs, and yet the SRT had no tow rating. Funny thing, later models had a much reduced trailer tow capability. rumor was, they never believed anybody would actually tow anything that heavy. It towed fine in the midwest [emoticon]

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