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Curt Trailer Hitch Fit for 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega-Cab 4x4 Short Bed Pickup

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I hope to fit the Curt Custom Fit - Class V XD - 2 Item # C15409...or the other Curt 2 1/2inch with 20k towing cap.....leaving the factory hitch in place. Will these fit my truck , and accommodate a spare wheel/tire 285/70/R17 ?...instead of the stock 265/17? Also, since this hitch has a tow capacity of 17,000 lb., and my truck has supposedly a factory limit of around 11,500, what can i do to be able to tow more than that, legally? i intend to add 5000lb. airbags and E-loadrange tires and use a 14k WD hitch. Will that make me legal to tow 14k ...or more? I have a 14k tilt-n-load 22foot trailer which i intend to use for a development project and possibly some hauling on the side What do other haulers do? Thanks, mature newbie hauler

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Curt's 2-inch Class V hitch # C15409 is a confirmed fit on your 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with factory hitch and factory bumper. The 2-1/2-inch hitch part # C15809 is also confirmed to fit. Both are designed to work with the stock spare tire but they have not been tested with the wider 285mm tire. The spare may fit, maybe with a bit of maneuvering, but we cannot say for sure.

Your truck's towing capacity will remain as stated in the manual. Even if you install air bags and tires rated for more weight that does not increase the vehicle's weight carrying capacity.

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