Has anyone done an analysis of the different CL V hitches available? I need to upgrade my CL IV to a CL V and see Torklift, Reese, Curt and maybe others out there. The price ranges seem to vary quite a bit. Curt seems the cheapest. Any comments one way or the other? Thanks!
Truck: 2006 Dodge 3500 Dually
Camper: 2007 Eagle Cap 850
Boat: 2003 Jetcraft 2125 - Yamaha 150 HP & 8 HP Kicker
Check the specifications on each model offered, buy the capacity you need for your load. Class V is simply over 10,000 pounds. The rating for any paricular hitch could be 10,000 or 12,000 or 14,000 or 20,000; heavier hitches will be more expensive.
My DP MH has a towing capacity of 10K. It has a Reese Class V Tow Beast hitch with a Max.Gross Trailer Wt. rating of 12K#, Wt. carrying ball mount and Max Tongue Wt. of 1200#. I have not had any problems or concerns with is since purchased on MH.
2003 Travel Supreme MH
38KSO1 Cummins ISC 350HP
2004 Honda Pilot w/SMI Air Force One Brake Sys.
1963 Pontiac Grand Prix 20' Enclosed Car Trailer
I've had a Curt Magnum V class V 2" hitch on my truck for several years now. No problems with it whatsoever, very well built and good powder coating finish that has lasted just fine too. If I were wanting a 2.5" class V hitch, I would probably go with the Reese Titan, since Curt doesn't make the Magnum V with a 2.5" receiver size.
Installed a Curt XD Class V hitch on our (new to us) F350 last year as the old factory one was rated at 1,000 lbs and the tongue weight of our Eagle is around 1250 lbs.
Easy install...no problems with it...
Curt seems to be well spoken of here...which is why we went with one. The price was fair too IMHO
2000 Ford F350 XLT 7.3L PSD CC 4x4 OffRoad SRW Long Bed
2008 Jayco Eagle 314BHDS (Momma Eagle)
Equalizer Hitch System (1400/14000lbs)
Prodigy Brake Controller
Curt XD Class V Receiver Hitch (1500/15000 lb)
Dave, I don't use an extension with my 2" Magnum V hitch but, if I were to use one, I would use a 2" solid bar, rather than a 2x2x1/4" tube, for the extension, if the tongue weight were more than a tube extension could handle.
Discount Hitches sells the 2" solid bars in various lengths. They also sell the 2-1/2" tubes pre-made as receiver tubes, for use in fabricating your own 2" solid bar extension hitch.
I changed my stock hitch to a curt 2.5 18k/1800 tongue weight with or w/o weight distrubution. I love it made a huge increase in stability and the the new hitch looks alot like the stock. The Curt is 2" higher and the tube is thicker steel.