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Old 08-10-2007, 06:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pickup camper with the hitch extension, how much weight will it hold?

I was hoping some one will chime in here, I want to know how much tongue weight will one of those hitch box's hold. I want to buy a bigger camper and still tow my horse trailer. the tongue weight on the trailer is 840 LBS. that seems a bit high to me. What do you know?
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I do not believe there is any way that you can safely tow anything with a tongue weight of more that a couple of hundred pounds or even that. All I have ever seen behind a truck camper rig is a small boat.
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I was hoping some one will chime in here, I want to know how much tongue weight will one of those hitch box's hold. I want to buy a bigger camper and still tow my horse trailer. the tongue weight on the trailer is 840 LBS. that seems a bit high to me. What do you know?
I'm kinda confused here, You wanna put one of them tool boxes that fit into your hitch reciever with another reciever on the back of it and THEN pull the horse trailer from behind that or kinda what I'm describing below??

At one time we yanked around a 31' bumper pull camping trailer AND a 10' enclosed golf cart trailer behind that, we did put a proper class 4 hitch on the back of the camping trailer and had 2 sway bars on the little trailer just in case.
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^ He is talking about a slide in camper. The overhang on the rear of the camper precludes an easy way to modify the hitch on the truck.
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Ahhhhhhhhh .......Gotcha now Motorboat, :fist: they do make extensions that do mount from the truck reciever to the rear most portion of the slide in camper don't they??? I was looking at an 11' slide in a few years ago and wanted to bring my boat along as well, I'm sure the dealer I was at said they were pretty common for that exact purpose.
Load capacity would be up to individual manufacturers, I'd assume there may be different "classes" as there are in hitches. Thanks for the clarification. :thumbsup
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You need a Superhitch. I've seen them before behind plenty of campers. It's basically a double reciever to keep it from flexing. I work with a guy that tows a 19' fiberglass boat behind his 96 F-350 PSD and an 11' Lance. 15k when he's loaded for the weekend. Pulls the hills at 65+.
I would look for a Superhitch. I'm not sure of the tounge weight that it's rated for but it's worth a shot.
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I use a a regular 18" extention, but my tongue weight is pretty low (I don't know how much, but I can lift the tongue, so I know it can't be over 200 or so). This is towing an 18' jet-jon boat. The 90 hp 4 stroke on the back of it helps keep the weight down up front. I agree, you are probably going to need the Superhitch. Cabela's carries them, so you may want to take a look there to get the info on weight ratings for it.
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your reciever hitch is rated at 10,000 pounds, of which 10% of your trailer weight is onthe truck,...15,000 pound boat? 1,500 pounds onthe hitch, your actual hitch is more important. I would suggest B&@ select a ball it is rated for 10,000 per pin, and I have hauled as much as 18,000 on my bumper with it.

there are no good reasons to ever extend teh hitch too far past the bumper. every inch can add thousands of pounds of pressure on a bad road. I have seen plenty of reciever that are angled down from improper loading and extending of hitches too far back. if you are just going to the lake for the weekend, then probably alright, though your insurance company will not likely cover you for pulling tandems as i see all the time.]
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Thanks guys for the response.

The first pic is my current camper and horse trailer. My camper does not stick past the rear bumper. I want to buy a camper like that lance in the 2nd pic. That camper sticks 2 foot past the rear bumper. I want to know how to safely haul my horse trailer and the camper.
Like i said the horse trailer weights 4900lbs as is and has 840lbs of tongue weight.
I checked out the superhitch and it looks like it would work. They claim (12,000 lb. pulling capacity, 1,200 tongue wt. achieved only when used with weight distribution type system.) here is a pic of it also.
I did some searching and they are $763 on ebay.

Is there any other options available for less?
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Is there any other options available for less?
Post up in the vendors section, maybe one of our own will be able to set you up for less....:thumbsup

Personally I'm thinkin that setup should work fine.
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Looks like it should work. That and Airlift (air bags) should get you down the road. You might get out the door for $1000.00.
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My neighbor runs a 99 F-350 with a camper (11 ft.?) and pulls a 22' Cobalt boat. He had a fab shop build a hitch from that ran from the reciever to the bumper of the camper. It bolted on to the camper bumper also. It's a heavy solid piece with some gusseting. Has worked for him for years. No weight rating, but no problems so far. The superhitch is a good piece and should handle your load without rolling the dice.
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