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I'm not clear on the ratings of 5th whl hitches. If it's a 16K hitch or 20K hitch, just exactly what does that mean? Is it pull wieght or king pin weight? I sure a lot of people are in the dark about this. If you ask a salesmen, he'll tell anything to get the sale. It up to us out here to give honest answers.


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It would be the total weight of the trailer, that would be what they say is safe weight to tow.


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Total trailer GVW. Pin rating for the individual hitch is listed separately in the hitch specifications.

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If it was pin weight, that would be one heck of a trailer.


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I have a reese hitch. It is a 15K pro square tube slider. Here is the Specs for that Hitch:

15K Means that it can pull a trailer up to 15000 Lbs and also in the specs is the maximun pin weight which is 3,750 Lbs The 15K is a separate spec from Pin Weight and each hitch can have a different Max King Pin Weight no matter whether it is 15K, 16K, or 20K


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If your 5th weight is close to the hitch max then go for the next higher one because you will bend the frame if you don't. Also, make sure they put in the center bolts on the rails.


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GVW of the the trailer. Bigger is always better in this case. IMHO


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mhbell wrote:

I have a reese hitch. It is a 15K pro square tube slider. Here is the Specs for that Hitch:

15K Means that it can pull a trailer up to 15000 Lbs and also in the specs is the maximun pin weight which is 3,750 Lbs The 15K is a separate spec from Pin Weight and each hitch can have a different Max King Pin Weight no matter whether it is 15K, 16K, or 20K


I agree....
Have always been told, if its a 16,000 lb rated hitch. That it could pull 16,000 lbs. So take a trailer that weights 18,000 lbs it would still work with the 16,000 lb hitch. As your pin weight takes that much off how much your towing.
Not like a bumper hitch where all the towing weight is hanging off the ball.
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Pete_k wrote:

mhbell wrote:

I have a reese hitch. It is a 15K pro square tube slider. Here is the Specs for that Hitch:

15K Means that it can pull a trailer up to 15000 Lbs and also in the specs is the maximun pin weight which is 3,750 Lbs The 15K is a separate spec from Pin Weight and each hitch can have a different Max King Pin Weight no matter whether it is 15K, 16K, or 20K


I agree....
Have always been told, if its a 16,000 lb rated hitch. That it could pull 16,000 lbs. So take a trailer that weights 18,000 lbs it would still work with the 16,000 lb hitch. As your pin weight takes that much off how much your towing.
Not like a bumper hitch where all the towing weight is hanging off the ball.
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Really? My brand new Reese 15k hitch buckled from the weight of my 16k 5th within 200 miles. Bent frame and ready to come off...

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Pete_k wrote:

I agree....
Have always been told, if its a 16,000 lb rated hitch. That it could pull 16,000 lbs. So take a trailer that weights 18,000 lbs it would still work with the 16,000 lb hitch. As your pin weight takes that much off how much your towing.
Not like a bumper hitch where all the towing weight is hanging off the ball.
Pete

How do you figure that? The hitch still has to support and tow the Max weight of the trailer, so that means pin weight + trailer weight = Max hitch size.

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