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Recommended Trailer Hitch To Tow 2 Horse Trailer with 2004 Dodge Ram Truck

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I have a steel 2 horse BP trailer..abt 2,200 empty, 4,300 max loaded. Will this hitch be safe enough or should I just go with a Class IV?

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With the trailer load you will be carrying, using the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 13333, would put you near or slightly over the tongue weight capacity of the hitch, which is 600 lbs. If you were to use a weight distribution system when carrying your horse trailer you would be ok to use the Curt # 13333 Hitch. Tongue weight is calculated to be about 10 to 15 percent of the Gross Trailer Weight.

I would recommend using the Curt Class V Trailer Hitch, part # C15409. This hitch will have the capacity to handle the tongue weight of your 2 horse BP trailer. Also, if you ever have to tow a heavier trailer or decide to upgrade to a larger trailer, you have the capacity to do so.

To complete your towing setup, you may be interested in the following items:
Reese Ball Mount, part # RP45322
Reese Pin and Clip, part # 74149
2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # A-90
2-5/16 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19286

For wiring, if your truck has a factory tow package, you will need Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118381. If your truck is not equipped with a tow package, you will need Curt Wiring, part # C55504. Then to connect a 6-way connector, you can use the Hopkins Adapter 4 Pole to 6 Pole, part # 37175.

I have linked instructions for the Curt Class V Trailer Hitch, part # C15409, and an FAQ on trailer hitch installation tips. Also linked is an FAQ on wiring.

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