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I have a 08 f350 SD Diesel with Lance 820. I'd like to use just a hitch extension on the OEM hitch to tow my 2 place Snowmobile trailer. GVW on trailer is 2900..Sleds weigh around 500lbs. each..trailer ???must be less than 1k..

What's the most GVW would I be able to haul with this setup?


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Posted: 09/20/07 06:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out Torklift's website. Lots of info there for various lengths of extensions.

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You need to know the length of the extension to be able to judge this question. I would not go over a 24" extension in a stock receiver myself, and I would de-rate the hitch rating by 50% at that. So you would be good for your trailer at a loaded weight of 2500lbs and 250 lbs tongue weight, no WD hitch. Anything much more than that and I would be looking for a Towbeast or a Superhitch. I chose the Towbeast, I tow up to 8K lbs with WD hitch per their ratings. And I have to say that it really works superbly! My little 2500 Dodge with it's little Hemi moves a 28 ft car hauler and carries an 8' TC, and does it comfortably and with just about zero sway. On my most recent trip I had to run it in cruise control at 70 mph because my right foot kept creeping it up to 80mph to match the traffic passing me! Mind you, fairly flat and no headwind, but still it put a smile on my face!

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I tow my Jeep Wrangler on a 41 inch hitch extension.
I also tow a 17 foot fibreglas boat on a tandem axle trailer with it.
The extension is braced to the end of the truck frame with chains and turnbuckles, and is bolted to the bumper of the 11 1/2 foot camper.
I have several thousand miles towing the Jeep, and several hundred towing the boat. I have yet to notice any sign of movement or wear which would indicate incipient failure. Yes, I inspect it regularly.
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I don't believe your OEM hitch will handle an extension. You will need to change out the hitch with either a SuperHitch (Torklift) or Tow Beast (Reese). The SuperHitch has the hightest load rating if you want to max your tow capabilities.


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I have an old reese hitch and the extension is rated for 500lb tongue weight and 5000lb tow at about 4X". I think it was 700 / 7000 with a WD hitch.


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VintageRacer wrote:

You need to know the length of the extension to be able to judge this question. I would not go over a 24" extension in a stock receiver myself, and I would de-rate the hitch rating by 50% at that. So you would be good for your trailer at a loaded weight of 2500lbs and 250 lbs tongue weight, no WD hitch. Anything much more than that and I would be looking for a Towbeast or a Superhitch. I chose the Towbeast, I tow up to 8K lbs with WD hitch per their ratings. And I have to say that it really works superbly! My little 2500 Dodge with it's little Hemi moves a 28 ft car hauler and carries an 8' TC, and does it comfortably and with just about zero sway. On my most recent trip I had to run it in cruise control at 70 mph because my right foot kept creeping it up to 80mph to match the traffic passing me! Mind you, fairly flat and no headwind, but still it put a smile on my face!

Brian


Brian What is the Max rating on a OEM Ford Hitch? I think it's only 3500lbs.Class III isn't it? So if I cut that in half I'd be able to to 1750lbs. GVW. with 175lb.s on the tonque. I don't have the truck yet. But I believe a 24" would be plenty..from measureing the 02 I had a while back.

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The Ford OEM hitch on that year uses the massive 2 1/2" receiver. I was just looking at one at the dealer yesterday oddly enough. Extending it 12 or so inches would be no problem for 2900lbs.

Ford has never put something as whimpy as a class 3 on any of thier F350's. Ever.

If you wanted to gaurantee you're good, Torklift rates thier Superhitch(which I have) at 600lbs tongue, 6,000lbs towing at 48" out, no equalizer.





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I tow a 2-place (2100#) behind my 9.5' camper on a 18" extension with no worries. It's not enough weight to even notice. Mine's a Chevy but I know my factory hitch is not any better than the Ford one. I can't see spending the $$$ to upgrade the receiver for a 2000# trailer with such a short extension.

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you can also look into the pullrite camper special hitch. 2000 tongue and 20,000 pull.





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