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  • Recommended Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2015 Ford F250 With Ford Factory Fifth Wheel Prep Package
  • There are two available alternatives. You can use a 5th wheel hitch that's designed to drop right into the pucks, or you can use an adapter that sits in the pucks and provides industry standard bed rails for a standard 5th wheel hitch to attach to. First the puck mounts. If you have the short bed, you'll want to use a sliding hitch, like the Reese Elite Series Slider, part # RP30144 which will drop right into the pucks. The hitch has an 18K capacity. For a long bed truck, use the stationary...
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  • Excessive Trailer Sway Towing 32-Foot Travel Trailer with 6-Inch-Lifted Ram 2500 with 37-Inch Tires
  • My technical contact at Reese confirmed that using a properly-rated and -installed weight distribution/sway control system such as the Reese Dual Cam should provide some reduction in trailer sway. You are correct that the sway you are experiencing when towing with your lifted Ram 2500 with 37-inch tires could be a result of the altered geometry in the tow vehicle, in particular the higher center of gravity. If your current weight distribution set-up has your trailer out of level when...
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  • Do I Need Weight Distribution and Sway Control with My 13 Foot Scamp Travel Trailer
  • Sway control is designed to be used in situations where the trailer sways under adverse conditions such as high winds or when large vehicles are passing causing the trailer to become unstable. Sway control also helps if you have to maneuver suddenly. Also if the trailer has a low tongue weight percentage the sway control can help to a point, but a weight distribution system will help more with this situation. The best solution for sway that is present without the above mentioned adverse...
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  • Differences Between Pro Series and Reese 16K 5th Wheel Hitches for Towing 15,800 Lb Trailer
  • The Pro Series Dual-Jaw 16K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # PS30855, is a standard duty 5th wheel intended for 6-foot and longer truck beds (except flareside and stepside types). It is rated for 16K gross towing weight and 4000-lb tongue weight. The similarly-rated Reese R16 Serrated Dual Jaw 5th Wheel Hitch, part # RP30866, provides several worthwhile upgrades including dual serrated jaws for 360-degree king pin contact, a vibration isolation system for reduced jarring and chucking,...
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  • Wiring Instructions for Pilot Trailer Brake Control, Part # 80550
  • The blue wire carries the brake controller output voltage, the white wire provides the ground connection and is usually ran to the negative battery terminal, the black wire is the 12-volt power supply, and the red wire typically connects to the brake stoplight switch located above the brake pedal. This connection activates the trailer brakes once the brake pedal is applied. I'll link you to our Brake Controller FAQ page, which contains much more information about brake controllers. If...
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  • Will Using Weight Distribution Increase the Tongue Weight of a Trailer when Loaded
  • A weight distribution system will not change the tongue weight of the trailer. It just maximizes the vehicle and hitches capacities if rated for weight distribution (check the sticker on the hitch and the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150). The 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight when calculating tongue weight is more of a guide to figuring things out. It is not a hard and fast rule. You will know if the tongue weight is too little or too heavy. Too little tongue weight and...
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  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
  • The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change...
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  • What Weight Capacity of Tongue Jack is Needed for a 4,600 Pound Dry Weight Trailer
  • The rule of thumb for estimating a tongue weight is 10-15 percent of trailer weight. A 4,600 pound trailer would have a tongue weight between 460 and 690 pounds. Somewhere between a 1,000 to 2,000 pound capacity jack would be fine. Having a jack that is rated for more than the tongue weight is not a problem. The jack you were looking at Pro Series A-Frame Topwind Jack, part # PSEA20000103, would work fine. You could also use Dutton-Lainson jack, part # DL22530 or Bulldog Heavy Duty...
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  • Where to Attach the Electric Brake Emergency Break Away Cable When Towing with a Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • There are many options for attaching the breakaway cable from the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit, item # 50-85-315, to your vehicle. You could attach to a tie down point in the bed of your truck or you could use stake pocket tie down and attach the cable to it. You could also run the cable down to the safety chain loop on the bumper hitch if your vehicle is so equipped. Finally, you could attach the cable to the rails installed in the bed of the truck. The thing to remember is...
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  • Vehicle Recommendations for Towing 35 Foot Campers that are Around 6,500 Pounds Dry Weight
  • As with any towing system you are limited to lowest rated component of the system. Sometimes that is the vehicle towing capacity. If you are looking for an SUV vehicle to tow a mid to large size camper, then you will want to make sure that the vehicle is rated for towing not only the dry weight but also the weight of any cargo, fluid, gear, etc. that you will have in the camper. You will need to check the gross trailer weight (GTW) that is the weight of the trailer fully loaded, not...
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  • Troubleshooting a Reese Electric Trailer Brake Controller OL Error Message
  • An OL error code would indicate an overload error. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake out put pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and get rid of any dirt or corrosion. It would also be a good idea to clean out the trailer side connector as well. There could also be a bad...
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  • Instructions for a Reese Friction Anti Sway Bar # RP26660
  • I spoke to my contact at Reese and he informed me that most likely you have a Reese Friction Sway Control, part # RP26660, because this product has not changed at all. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out. The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit. To set the level of friction you will actually use the bolt that is below the on/off handle as it is the gain level. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly, a series of road...
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  • Choosing Weight Distribution System for 10,000 lb Capacity Deck Over Trailer Towed By Ford F150
  • The first step in choosing the correct weight distribution (W/D) system is to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. Anything stowed in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle should be included as tongue weight. For best performance, the tongue weight of the trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the system you choose. The Pro Series Weight Distribution System you mention is designed to operate most effectively with tongue...
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  • Comparing Jaw Types on Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • In regards to fifth-wheel hitches, there are a number of jaw types. A slide bar jaw is found on the less expensive hitches, such as the Pro Series # PS30129. This type of jaw is a secure one for your trailer but you will notice some king pin noise and some chucking as the fit is looser. This design will automatically close around the king pin once it is in place where the double- and single-jaw models will not. The double jaw design is more snug and secure than a slide bar jaw and you...
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  • Can 2016 Toyota 4Runner w/ 4700lb Tow Rating Tow 4550lb Lance Travel Trailer
  • As long as the fully loaded and ready to tow weight of the trailer is less than the 4700 lb towing capacity of your 4Runner, you can tow the trailer as long as the factory installed hitch has sufficient capacity. The hitch should have a ratings sticker affixed to it that lists its capacity. I'd strongly recommend you install a transmission cooler like # D13503 to provide protection for the transmission. Since you're so close to the towing capacity of the vehicle itself, I'd do my best...
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  • Can a Fifth Wheel Hitch Be Installed in a Flatbed Truck
  • In order to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch on a flat bed, there are some alternate installation methods that must be followed. It will be a complete custom install that will need to be done by a qualified professional with experience doing these types of installations. The rails will need to be bolted and welded to a 1/2 inch steel plate. The hardware will need to reach through the rails, the plate above the bed, through the bed, and then through a second 1/2 inch thick steel plate...
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  • Comparing Reese Dual Cam and Reese SC Weight Distribution on Ford F150 Towing 30 Foot Travel Trailer
  • When choosing a weight distribution system, it is best to begin the process knowing the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight. The procedure for determining this is shown in the FAQ article I have linked you to. Since you are not able to confirm your tongue weight, please understand that anything I recommend will merely be an educated guess. I would recommend going with a 1,200 lb max capacity system to provide some cushion, since actual ready-to-roll tongue weight is not known....
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  • Placement of Fifth Wheel Hitch In Truck Bed Relative to Rear Truck Axle
  • The correct placement of the fifth wheel hitch will vary from vehicle to vehicle. It can also vary according to the type of install kit being used. Typically, the hitch will be installed so that the trailer king pin will be directly over or slightly forward of the center line of the rear truck axle. You never want the king pin rearward of the truck axle, because the pin weight of the trailer can actually make the front end of the truck too light. This can negatively affect braking and steering...
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  • How to Lower The Tongue Weight of Trailer
  • The vehicle manufacturers tow rating is always going to be the final word as far as towing capacity goes. In some cases using a weight distribution system can raise the towing capacity of a given receiver hitch, but it will not be able to raise the capacity of the vehicle. It might be possible to redistribute some of the cargo on the trailer further rearward so that the tongue weight is reduced below 500 lbs, in which case towing that particular trailer would be acceptable. Please keep...
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  • Bike Rack Sways With 4 Bikes Loaded on ProSeries Eclipse Carrier # 63124 on 2007 Honda Odyssey
  • These two Pro Series bike carriers are similar overall but differ in that the Eclipse uses a single arm, 2-inch shank and offers 8 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright mast. Your Translite uses dual arms, fits both hitch sizes and provides 11 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright mast. This additional 3 inches of distance will tend to allow the Translite carrier to flex a bit more under load. My contact at ProSeries...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Small Travel Trailer with a 1996 Toyota Tacoma
  • The towing capacity of your 1996 Toyota Tacoma will depend on if your truck has a V6 or a 4 cylinder and if it is a 4X4 or a 4X2. I have listed the towing capacities of the different options for the Toyota Tacoma below. 4X4 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X4 4 Cyl. - 7,400 lbs 4X2 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X2 4 Cyl. - 3,500 lbs You can verify the towing capacity of your truck by checking your owners manual or contacting a local Toyota dealer with your vehicle identification number. Toyota also places a...
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  • When Would a Trailer Break Away Kit Be Required By Law
  • Many states in the U.S. and provinces in Canada require break away kit. In order to determine the specifics for where you live and where you plan to travel, you can check with the state and federal departments of transportation for the area. Specific weights or trailer types may change from state to state, so it is important to check for every state in which you plan to be towing. A break away kit is just a good idea in general, whether it is required or not. It is a fairly simple system....
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  • Adjusting Weight Distribution System to Apply More Tongue Weight to Front Tow Vehicle Axle
  • To determine if you have the correct system for your trailer tongue weight, you should determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. The weight of any gear stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle also needs to be considered as tongue weight. I have linked you to an FAQ article that shows a few ways to determine the tongue weight. You will need to ensure that the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer does not exceed the 1,000 lb maximum...
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  • Will Exhaust Heat Affect Cargo On a Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier
  • The only vehicles that produce a substantial amount of heat and volume from the exhaust are diesel trucks. The heat of the exhaust coming from your vehicle would not be very hot, and if you were to get a cargo carrier with a rise built into the shank it wouldn't even be directed at the carrier. Plus the carrier will actually be several inches from the exhaust so by the time it were to reach the carrier it will have cooled off. Especially when you consider the wind created by your vehicle...
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  • Can Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier be Used at Same Time
  • With the 24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier, # 63153, installed in the trailer hitch, you will not be able to install anything else in the hitch and nothing can be installed in the tubing in the cargo carrier. What you could do is use the Curt Dual 2 Inch Receiver Tube Adapter, # D-192. However, the bikes will be hanging above the cargo carrier, limiting the amount of space on the carrier. Also this adapter/extension has a tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. This means that the cargo carrier,...
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  • Eliminating Wobble and Movement in a Yakima Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • You can use an anti-rattle device such as # 63146 as long as the shank on the bike rack is hollow. If it is not hollow then use anti-rattle device # 93347. I have included a link to a video review of device # 93347 for you to the right. It is also possible that inside the shank of your Yakima bike rack there is a weld nut that accepts a threaded hitch pin. To determine which pin will fit I would need to know the model of the bike rack.
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for a 30 ft Camper Trailer
  • The most important thing to consider when picking out a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of the setup. I attached an FAQ article on how to determine tongue weight for you, but you will also need to consider the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle as tongue weight. Typically tongue weight is between 10-15 percent of the total weight of the trailer which in your case would be between 850 lbs and 1275 lbs. If you find that you are at 850 lbs tongue weight then the Pro...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for 2010 Nissan Pathfinder Towing 5800 lb Camper
  • According to my research, your vehicle is capable of towing 6000 lb Trailer Weight/ 600 lb Tongue weight if it is equipped with the V6 motor, or 7000 lb Trailer/ 700 lb tongue weight if equipped with the V8 motor. The use of a weight distribution system will not increase these towing capacities. For the purposes of choosing a weight distribution system, you will need to determine the fully loaded and ready to tow trailer and tongue weight. The weight of anything stored in the cargo area...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for a Coleman Fleetwood Utah Popup Camper
  • Your best option at this point will be to have your trailer sit as level as possible with a properly rated weight distribution system with dual cam sway control and distribute as much weight as you can as far forward as possible. I attached an FAQ on how to pick the correct rise/drop ball mount. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow, this figure also includes the weight of any...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Chucking, Jerking, and Tugging on Light Utility Trailer Carrying Two ATVs
  • I believe that I can help you with the tugging you are experiencing. First, consult your vehicles owners manual for the towing capacities and recommendations, and to make sure you are not exceeding those capacities. Next, there is a formula you can use to determine the best place for your axles. If your tongue weight is less than 10 percent of the gross trailer weight you will first determine what 10 percent of the tongue weight is. 180 pounds is what you will need. Subtract the actual...
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