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Hitch Extender Recommendation Towing 7,500 lb Trailer

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I have a 2012 Chevy Silverado diesel with a 2 1/2 inch receiver. I tow a 24’ enclosed aluminum InTech trailer with a car that I race. The total weight of the trailer fully loaded is about 7,500 lbs. I’m looking to purchase a Lance 865 pick-up camper so I can sleep at the track. I contacted our local trailer shop about what I was planning to do and told him I’d need a hitch extension. He advised me against do this set-up and told me he didn’t feel it was “safe” to use an extension for this size of trailer and the overall weight. I’ve read many of the QandA on your web-site and it seems what I’m looking at doing is reasonable. Am I missing something?

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If you use the Reese Elite hitch extender part # RP45292 in your 2-1/2 inch hitch at the 24 inch length with a weight distribution system you'd have an 8,000 lb capacity. That would be the only way to get an extension with the needed capacity.

For a properly rated weight distribution system then you'd need the Reese Steadi-Flex kit part # RP66560 which has integrated sway control and you'd be set.

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Well a couple of days ago I picked up my Lance truck camper and it’s great. However I did some additional checking and my trailer I’ll be pulling is slightly over 8000 lbs so I’m concerned I’ll be exceeding the capacity of the extender even with the weight balancing attachment. I’d like to have a setup that has a fair amount of excess capacity to be on the safe side. What do you think about pairing a Torklift super truss extension with a Torklift super hitch? Would I also need to use a weight distribution product as well to get to my desired GTW? Thanks again

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The Torklift route is your best option considering the weight and extension you want. For the hitch you'd want the part # TLC1208 which is a confirmed fit and would work great with a SuperTruss like the 24 inch long part # TLE1524.

You would need to use a weight distribution system to get near 8k so for that the Reese kit part # RP66542 would be what you'd want.

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