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dmax ed

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Posted: 08/17/20 02:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Planning to buy a Artic fox 28-5 with a gross weight of 15700 lbs when fully loaded. I have a good deal on a B&W Patriot 16000 lbs of tow weight is this to close to max weight of RV or go with a 18000 lbs tow hitch .

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Posted: 08/17/20 02:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d go with the 18,000. We tow a Cardinal with a GVWR of 18,000 with the 20,000 companion. Never know what lies ahead.





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B&W hitches are designed to use at max rating, so if a super good deal on the 16K, I'd use it. The 18K Patriot is the same hitch, but the base is welded together, rather than bolted. Normally the price difference is only about $100.

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Posted: 08/17/20 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will run at MAX Ratings on my truck axles, on my trailer axles BUT when it comes to device that connects the two I prefer at least 1000# margin

Go with the 18K


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Yes thank you for good advice I think I'll go with the 18000 B&W. Why take a chance for another couple hundred dollars.

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I just had the Patriot 16k installed and I was very pleased with how easy the hitching and unhitching was. If it was me I'd go with the 18k. I just feel better when I'm not pushing the max.

I think that you will be happy with the Patiot.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

I will run at MAX Ratings on my truck axles, on my trailer axles BUT when it comes to device that connects the two I prefer at least 1000# margin

Go with the 18K


I agree , when I went to a 15,500 GVWR fifth wheel, I got rid of my 16K ,and went with 18K

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cummins2014 wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

I will run at MAX Ratings on my truck axles, on my trailer axles BUT when it comes to device that connects the two I prefer at least 1000# margin

Go with the 18K


I agree , when I went to a 15,500 GVWR fifth wheel, I got rid of my 16K ,and went with 18K


Another vote for the added padding/margin....


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An online search suggests this trailer weighs 9700 pounds, I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what hitch you use for that.

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twodownzero wrote:

An online search suggests this trailer weighs 9700 pounds, I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what hitch you use for that.


Not sure where you found that. The specs are : Dry 11,560, payload 4,440, GVWR 16,000, Pin weight 2,435.

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You certainly could use the 16k hitch if you didn't load it to capacity, but if you get close to capacity you'd be right at max. To me, paying the few hundred extra to get the 18k not only gives you extra assurance, it also doesn't paint you in a corner when looking at new FW's in the future.


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