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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab


Read the FAQ Common Weight Distribution and Sway Control Questions but now Im more confused! I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota SLT V8 Quad Cab AWD and Im trying to maximize my towing capacity to get a new trailer. I initially had a grasshopper but sold it because my family grew and we need a bigger trailer! Any recommendations on hitches? We currently only have a bumper hitch with 2k max towing capacity and need an upgrade! Thank you for your time!


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For your 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2", # 75038. This hitch has a rating of 500 lbs tongue weight with is the amount of weight you can apply to the hitch itself and a towing weight of 5000 lbs. I've attached an article on determining tongue weight.

Because you have used a bumper pull to this point, you will need to get a ballmount, pin and clip. I recommend the EZ Adjustable Ball Mount with Combo Ball - 8" Drop or Rise - 8,000 lbs, # AM3297. This will allow you to tow your trailer level and will give you a 2 inch and a 1-7/8 inch option for hitch ball size to match your trailer coupler. I recommend using the Andersen Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set - EZ Hitch and EZ HD Ball Mounts - Stainless, # AM3493, to secure your hitch ball and ball mount to your vehicle.

If you use a weight distibution system, that will increase your total towing capacity to 8,000 lbs or whatever your manual states. I can help you find a system that will meet your needs when you get a trailer to match your vehicle capacity.

I tried to look up your owners manual but couldn't find it online. Often the maximum capacity of the aftermarket hitch is greater than the vehicle capacity, so I highly recommend you check your owners manual and use the lesser rating as the maximum rating for towing.

If you need to upgrade your wiring for a trailer with brakes, I recommend the # ETBC7 and the # 90195 brake controller.

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