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Old 06-16-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Anyone running a 1,500lbs WDH?

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I have a Jayco 32BHDS that has a dry weight of 8,300lbs (weighed at the factory). I do not yet know the loaded weight, but I would suspect it is in the 9,300-9,500lb range (GVWR is 10klbs). I plan on stopping by the scale one our next trip (next month).

I am currently running a 1,200lb Reese Straight Line hitch and have been wondering lately if this is big enough. If my trailer weighed ~8klbs from the factory, the tongue weight was already pushing 1,200lbs. Now that I've loaded it up (storage in the front is FULL), my tongue weight is probably quite a bit higher than the 1,200lb rating of the hitch.

I really started to think about this after the last trip, when I realized that one of my snap up brackets was bent. No idea how it happened as there is not any binding on my hitch, but it did (not sure how too much weight would be a factor either, as that piece of equipment is the same on most all hitches). The hitch was used when I bought it, so that may have played a factor in the failure.

Anyhow, I'm just wondering who out there is running a 1,500lb WDH, and how big your trailers are. Did you convert from a smaller hitch, or did you start out big? I'm looking at converting, and from what I can tell, I would only need to buy new bars and a new shank. I can't find any ratings on the trunnion head, but etrailer.com only sells one, regardless of the weight rating your going to use. Same goes for the cams on the DC system.

Let me know what you guys think. Before I get flamed for not knowing my weight, let me remind you that I'm going to the scale on my next trip, before I make any changes (other than getting new, heavy duty snap up brackets).
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have a Reese straight line dual cam 17000/1700 wdh with a 2 1/2" bar. Also changed the hitch on my truck to a 2 1/2" receiver 17k.
The snap up bracket on the left side is bent.
My tongue wt. from factory is over 1300 & gvw 11200.
I am going to bolt the snap up brackets to the a frame using backing plates.
I contacted Reese about the bent snap up bracket and they want images of the hitch hooked up to see if it is correct. They're sending me new hd snap up brackets.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Once I get the heavy duty snap up brackets, I will bolt them to the frame as well, but I was thinking of using self tapping bolts instead of running a bolt all the way through the frame.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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I'm curious on your scale readings, I have the same tt and I to have bent some brackets. I have yet to get by a scale, but I'm also running the 1200# bars on the Dual cam setup, although the brackets will be the same on either setup. I have the HD brackets and much to the dismay of the reese tech, I bent one of those also.(they replaced it for free) I do not have them bolted and the Reese tech looked at my pictures and said the setup should be good. I'm thinking of bolting it, or the local dealer mentioned that they could weld it on, but I'm not sure which way I'm going to go. Please post your scale readings when you get a chance, I am really curious of the "actual" weights on these things. Also, just wondering what type of tow vehicle are you using? I'm using a 2500 Silverado with the factory hitch. Thanks
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:01 PM   #5
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I use a 1,500lb Reese straight WDH. The Eagle 266 FBS I tow with it is 28' 4" long (per specs in Jayco brochure) and weighed approximately 6,400lb dry. Gross weight is 8,500lb. I don't know the "official" hitch weight is but the Jayco brochure listed it as 955lb. I use no sway control. The hitch setup has been used on two different TVs. The 96 Ford F-250 supercab HD did a commendable job towing. However, the 09 GMC 2500HD crew cab feels just a little more stable; probably due to the slightly longer wheelbase.

I don't put a lot of tension on the trunnion bars (the second link is hooked to the snap-up bracket). I prefer it that way because there is already plenty of weight on the front axle, courtesy of the diesel and 4WD.

I normally tow with all tanks empty. However, the black tank may have a gallon or two in it from the tank treatment (and some water to allow it to slosh around), but for all intents and purposes, I consider it empty.
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I'm towing with an '06 F250.

That is very interesting that you bent one of the heavy duty brackets. I'm not sure how heavier duty bars would keep this from happening again. I think when I order my new brackets though, I'm going to go ahead and get the 1,500lb bars and shank and then set the hitch up to use them. I will probably end up bolting the snap up brackets to the frame as well just so that they are 100% secure.

I won't be by a scale until our next trip (early August), and I will probably have already gone with the heavier setup (because I need a new bracket, and if I order it all at once, I can get free shipping). I'll definitely post my findings when I get them though.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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I have the 32BHDS. I had bent 4 of the snap up brackets in the first 2 months of having my reese dual cam set up. I ended up getting the bolt on brackets, and after 3000 miles towing and about 30 hitch/unhitch episodes I have not bent anymore brackets. I also run with 1200lbs bars.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #8
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How exactly did you bolt the brackets to the frame? Did you run bolts all the way through and use a backing plate?
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The bolt on brackets were bought from Reese and did not come with a backing plate, good idea to use one on the hollow frame. I bolted through the frame and used the washers it came with.
Before switching to the bolt on brackets I could not go on a short trip, 10 miles , before I bent a snap up bracket. With the bolt on brackets we have gone to Florida from NY and back with no incidents of bracket bending.
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So the heavy duty brackets come with bolts? Good to know. Now I just need to find some material to use as a backing plate!
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