Can Curt Class III Hitch Receiver, Part # 13333, on 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Tow 19ft Lund Boat & Trailer

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will this hitch handle this load?

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The Curt Class III 2-inch Hitch Receiver, part # 13333, carries maximum tongue weight (TW) and gross trailer weight (GTW) ratings of 600/6,000 pounds. (If used with a weight distribution system these ratings increase to 1,000 and 10,000 pounds respectively.)

I researched weight estimates on the Lund website and for water crafts of roughly 19 feet in length the combined boat/motor/trailer weight estimates range from about 2400 pounds for an aluminum hull to about 3100 pounds for a fiberglass hull. Your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 has a rated towing capacity of 9100 pounds, which is more than adequate for your needs, and a curb weight of approximately 4700 pounds.

As a general rule of thumb, if total towed weight approaches half of the tow vehicle weight, then a weight distribution (WD) system may be called for. It seems this may be the case in your situation. I urge that you check with the manufacturer of your boat trailer to confirm if weight distribution systems are compatible with it and if they have any specific recommendations or other precautionary advice.

I have included installation instructions for this hitch receiver as well as a video demonstrating the installation process on a 2012 Dodge Ram. Also included is an article on weight distribution systems that might prove useful.

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