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Towing a Trailer Rated for 15,500 Pounds with A 15,000 Pound Rated Hitch

Question:

i have a reese 15k hitch .i am purchasing a new trailer which has a unloaded weight of 11700 and a max gvw of 15500, i will never load to the max and do not pull far, am i ok with my hitch.

asked by: dean g


Expert Reply:

Congratulations on the purchase of a new RV. For safety reasons, I can not recommend the setup that you are suggesting. Even though your, # 30046, hitch is rated to tow 15,000 pounds, the potential to overload the hitch exists. I would recommend upgrading your 15k hitch to at least a 16k model. There are two models that you can use to upgrade your existing hardware to either 16,000 pounds or 20,000 pounds.

The Replacement 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch Head, item # RP30047A , would use your existing fifth-wheel legs to upgrade the current setup to 16,000 pounds, which will work with the new trailer. You may want to consider upgrading to the 18K Select Plus Fifth Wheel Head Kit, item # 58292 and the Replacement Head Support for Select Plus Series Fifth Wheel Hitches, item # 58293 , which will allow for greater towing capacity in the future. These items have recently been upgraded to 20,000 pounds capacity (see instructions link).

expert reply by: Bob G




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Products Referenced in This Question

20K Select Plus Fifth Wheel Head Kit - Reese


20K Select Plus Fifth Wheel Head Kit - Reese

58292

Retail: $478.70

Price:  $341.95

Product Summary:

Fifth Wheel
Replacement Parts

Product Specs:

Head
Head Assembly


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Replacement Head Support for Select Plus Series Fifth Wheel Hitches by Draw-Tite and Reese


Replacement Head Support for Select Plus Series Fifth Wheel Hitches by Draw-Tite and Reese

58293

Retail: $396.66

Price:  $299.95

Product Summary:

Fifth Wheel
Replacement Parts

Product Specs:

Center Section


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Replacement Head with Crossmember for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 16,000 lbs


Replacement Head with Crossmember for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 16,000 lbs

RP30047A

Retail: $655.01

Price:  $489.95

Product Summary:

Fifth Wheel
Replacement Parts

Product Specs:

Head
Head Assembly


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Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs


Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs

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RP30047

Retail: $940.49

Price:  $534.95

Product Summary:

Fixed Fifth Wheel
Hitch Only
4000 lbs TW
16000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Standard - Double Jaw
Double Pivot
14-1/2 - 18 Inch Tall


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