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Old 06-29-2015, 01:36 PM   #11
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I called the dealer just then and spoke with him, they only sell Reese Pro Series and he gets $400 installed which sounds fair. I asked if they were round bar, trunion, and sway and he couldn't answer my questions. I've read alot about WD hitches on here and believe I've heard that trunion style with chains is best. When I lookup the reese pro series I see they make all styles so now I'm in the dark as to what they actually have. I think I'll look at buying my own and taking with me. I just want something simple my parents can use.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:11 PM   #12
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I called the dealer just then and spoke with him, they only sell Reese Pro Series and he gets $400 installed which sounds fair. I asked if they were round bar, trunion, and sway and he couldn't answer my questions. I've read alot about WD hitches on here and believe I've heard that trunion style with chains is best. When I lookup the reese pro series I see they make all styles so now I'm in the dark as to what they actually have. I think I'll look at buying my own and taking with me. I just want something simple my parents can use.
Ive got the Reese Strait Line trunnion style. LOVE it!!!!! 35 feet tongue to bumper, with a gross combined of 16,000 pounds. I'll only use strait line trunnion style from now on.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #13
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A trailer that lite empty, I'd tow without WD if I didn't have one. I would head directly to a cat scale to see if I needed to adjust the tongue weight by putting bottled water front or rear of the axle.

I also have the Reese straight line with dual cams and love it.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:51 PM   #14
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You'll need at least a Class III 2" ball no matter what you do. Your parents will most likely wind up getting a WD hitch so I would let them buy one for you to use on your trip. You don't need a real heavy duty expensive one for that trailer. You can buy the big box wrenches at Northern Tool or someplace like that to set it up yourself as it is fairly easy. My experience has been that the dealers just slap them together and they are never set up right so you may wind up redoing it yourself anyway. Put some grease on the ball and grease any grease fittings if it has any.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:14 PM   #15
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Called them back got a part number to what they stock. It's the reece flat bar trunion style with chains, and dual friction sway. Just going to let them install it and it ready for us to hit the road. I'll double check everything when we get it home I'm sure they set it up correctly. I have alot to learn still. Thanks all for the help.
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:24 PM   #16
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According to the Costco Auto sales web page a brand new 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab standard bed 4WD is only rated to tow a 5000 pound trailer with a 500 pound maximum tongue weight when not using a WDH. Additionally, the weight ratings with a WDH are listed as 7000 lbs trailer weight and 1050 lbs tongue weight even though the truck is advertised as being able to tow 9100 pounds! Your folks 2008 is probably very similar.

See it here: Costco Auto │ Car buying made easy │ new vehicles & more! Go to the Specs & Features tab and scroll down.
All that said, I think you could probably get away with it once if you aren't going too far and if you exercise great care but I'd recommend going straight to a dealer upon arrival.
The 2" receiver that is stock on a chevy (ford and dodge for that matter) are only rated for 5000# trailer/500# tongue weight without a WD hitch. Also most 2" receiver ball adapters are similarly rated. Additionally, a dealership might not let you leave with the trailer unless you are towing under the hitch ratings.

50# over tongue weight is only 10%, but it is still over weight. I have taken a trailer only on the ball to my local dealership 5 miles away, but two states away? get a WD hitch. Buy and set it up yourself, or buy from them and let them set it up.

Contrary to the general impressions of negative experiences you read here, nearly all dealerships can set up a WD hitch right. they want to keep your business and their reputation, therefore they want to do it right. (Yes, occasionally dealerships screw it up).

If you buy from the dealer and have them install it, they will warranty their work. Any catastrophe on the way home, they will probably own up to fixing.

when I bought mine, I didn't buy their recommended hitch, I told them the brand and model I wanted, they ordered it, and they installed it. Nominal hourly rate for their labor, and I got to drink coffee and read a book.

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You can find the class rating specs on your hitch on line from most truck mfg's
If you have a tow package it usual a class IV. on the 1/2 ton series trucks.
Some people have a notion to think "doomsday", it is just a matter of using common sense and know your specifications of your equipment.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:13 PM   #18
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Yeah right. I've had four dealers tell me that my Tundra will pull a 16,000 lb 5er. Not one has ever set up a WD hitch correctly.
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Called them back got a part number to what they stock. It's the reece flat bar trunion style with chains, and dual friction sway. Just going to let them install it and it ready for us to hit the road. I'll double check everything when we get it home I'm sure they set it up correctly. I have alot to learn still. Thanks all for the help.
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Yeah right. I've had four dealers tell me that my Tundra will pull a 16,000 lb 5er. Not one has ever set up a WD hitch correctly.
I thought Tundra can pull the space shuttle? 16K should be a walk in the park
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