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Posted: 01/06/17 01:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Using 6-point sockets and a 1/2" impact wrench makes quick work of it. If you do not have an impact, make sure you have a long breaker bar and long enough extensions to swing the breaker. The hardest part will be getting the old receiver off the truck.


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kokotg wrote:

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You should have no problem swapping the receivers. It is pretty straight forward, just follow torque instructions to keep it secure. Best be sure tow vehicle is up to the capability, to match the new receiver. There may have been a reason it had a light duty set up.

Happy wrenching,
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Trailer has a heavy hitch since it's a toy hauler....It's 7000 pounds dry, and our van's tow capacity is 10,000 pounds (which is right at the max weight of the new trailer, but we'll never come close to that; the main "toys" we're going to haul are bikes and maybe kayaks--we figure we'll top out at maybe 8500 or for a long trip). Current hitch receiver is only rated for 1000 pounds, and Jayco lists the dry hitch weight at 985.


I can promise you, you will be closer to 9k lbs loaded for a trip! 12.5% of that would be around 1125 properly loaded tongue weight.
So yes get a hitch rated for around 12k/1200 and you will be good.
And yes it is easy. With 2 people even easier. If you can loosen and tighten bolts you will have no problem. I would maybe also have a MAP gas torch handy for stubborn rusty bolts!


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I installed a B&W hitch on my truck.
Its a three piece bolt together design.
Made the install much more simple.
1,600lb tongue, 16,000lb trailer.

http://www.turnoverball.com/products/receiver-hitches/16k-heavy-duty-receiver-hitch


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kokotg wrote:

MFL wrote:

You should have no problem swapping the receivers. It is pretty straight forward, just follow torque instructions to keep it secure. Best be sure tow vehicle is up to the capability, to match the new receiver. There may have been a reason it had a light duty set up.

Happy wrenching,
Jerry


Trailer has a heavy hitch since it's a toy hauler....It's 7000 pounds dry, and our van's tow capacity is 10,000 pounds (which is right at the max weight of the new trailer, but we'll never come close to that; the main "toys" we're going to haul are bikes and maybe kayaks--we figure we'll top out at maybe 8500 or for a long trip). Current hitch receiver is only rated for 1000 pounds, and Jayco lists the dry hitch weight at 985.


If you are only carrying light weight toys in your toy hauler, your hitch weight is going to be easily 1K lbs. There is a reason your van has a lighter weight hitch on it. What is the payload capacity of your van? and how much "stuff" do you carry in the van before throwing 1000 lbs on the receiver hitch? Just wondering..


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Simple to do. The critical thing is making sure the bolts are correctly torqued before using it. If there's not a suitable torque wrench available, install it with the bolts good and snug, then take it to a pro who does have one for final tightening.

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I know etrailer.com has a lot of installation videos that may my helpful

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tmm2good wrote:

kokotg wrote:

MFL wrote:

You should have no problem swapping the receivers. It is pretty straight forward, just follow torque instructions to keep it secure. Best be sure tow vehicle is up to the capability, to match the new receiver. There may have been a reason it had a light duty set up.

Happy wrenching,
Jerry


Trailer has a heavy hitch since it's a toy hauler....It's 7000 pounds dry, and our van's tow capacity is 10,000 pounds (which is right at the max weight of the new trailer, but we'll never come close to that; the main "toys" we're going to haul are bikes and maybe kayaks--we figure we'll top out at maybe 8500 or for a long trip). Current hitch receiver is only rated for 1000 pounds, and Jayco lists the dry hitch weight at 985.



If you are only carrying light weight toys in your toy hauler, your hitch weight is going to be easily 1K lbs. There is a reason your van has a lighter weight hitch on it. What is the payload capacity of your van? and how much "stuff" do you carry in the van before throwing 1000 lbs on the receiver hitch? Just wondering..


Payload capacity is just over 2700 pounds, and we don't pack anything in the van except us (there are a lot of us; two adults, two teenagers, one tween, and a preschooler....hence the van for towing) and 3 small dogs (they weigh about 60 pounds altogether). the dogs are the only thing past the rear axle. Van is a Ford e350 V10.


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Hammerboy wrote:

I know etrailer.com has a lot of installation videos that may my helpful

Dan


I've been on there a lot lately, but I haven't watched the videos yet--we'll take a look!

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I have a Reese 12000 hitch we took off of our 03 ford E350 van. Bolted on with same holes as factory 10000 hitch. It's yours for free. Tried to sell it but shipping was killer. PM me if interested, up here in Jefferson, ga. Moderator not selling, just trying to help another member.
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E350 us super easy to install a hitch onto. Some heavier hitches do require drilling two extra holes (the front two) but even that isn't too bad, using a good bit and lots of oil.


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