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Old 08-31-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Need some help....bought trailer, but truck isn't ready!

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I'm brand new here and my husband and I are brand new RV owners and will be picking our 20ft Eclipse Milan up the week after next. Hooray, right? Yes, BUT, and it's a big one...our pickup is naked....I'm pretty sure I've figured out what all we need to purchase and install to make it possible to safely pick our trailer in Sacramento and drive 7 plus hours home....but the dealer suggested a class 4 reciever hitch, but the owner's manual of our 2003 F150 xlt supercrew says it can tow a 1,2,or 3....can I use the class 4? the trailer is only 3600 lbs, but I want to make sure we have the most affordable yet best and safest for us set up.... It's a little confusing...any advice?
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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and yes, I guess we put the cart before the horse, or the trailer before the truck!
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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You hardly need a 10,000# hitch to pull 4000# around. 's'all I gotta say about it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:40 PM   #4
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a class 4 hitch is what you should get. You may just get a bigger and heavier unit one day. My class 4 is rated for 7,500 lbs on my 6cyl. fj cruiser{ rated@ 5,000 lbs towing capacity. it was designed for my toyota by the manufacturer.
I also bought the hensley arrow cub hitch rated for weights up to 6,000 lbs to pull our 20 foot.{ rated at 5,000 lbs. loaded.} 3,200 lbs empty. I think its cheaper to be safe than sorry, when it comes to quality and durability. The Hensley is great for road stability and its transferable to other travel trailers with a lifetime Warranty.
PS. I have replaced the two forward 20 gal propane tanks with two 30 gal.tanks
kept both 20 gal tanks for use with a propane generator riding on a rear trailer hitch rack . works nicely !
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:56 PM   #5
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Your doing fine ! get a good electric trailer brake control for your vehicle.
and some wheel chocks and your all set to go !.
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As PlayItForwrd said in Post #3, you'll be just fine.

As Bill suggests directly above, get a good brake controller (and the appropriate wiring adapter pigtail for it).

You'll be good-to-go.

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Old 09-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #7
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and as an aside, chock the trailer wheels before you unhitch.
Helped my SIL set up a trailer he had borrowed (on a slight rise, falling off toward a lake) You have not known terror until you have to grab the tongue of a trailer and try to hold it while it slowly rolls backward down the hill. The stabilizers slowed it to a creep, but it was creeping ever faster.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #8
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Here's a list of hitch ratings, note that a class 3 receiver is capable of 10,000 pounds with an equalizer. The truck in question is only rated for a little over 7000 pounds max tow weight. Save the class 4 hitch money for a bigger truck!
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That F150 Supercrew isn't ever going to move anything that needs a Class IV hitch receiver. Save your money and go with the Class III.

Now if it was an F350 I would have said go with the class IV.
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Keep the dealers extra profit in your pocket and go with the class 3. It's rated for more than the truck is.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #11
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oops! I meant to say I have a class 3 hitch reciever not a class 4.
So go with the class 3 . and you"ll be OK.
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Class III hitch, Reese Dual Cam Straitline hitch and a Maxbrake controller would be a very cost effective and reliable set up for 5the F150 and your trailer.

No need to spend the money on a Hensley Arrow or a Propride hitch. I feel the Prodigy P3 is not nearly as good as a MaxBrake.

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thanks everyone....after several more hours of reading, re-reading and searching I found everything we need...ordered the brake controller and wiring side from etrailer as they had a great video showing the exact way to install it. Ordered a class 4 hitch (found it for 60% off making it less than the class 3 I was looking at) and a receicever hitch. Also snagged a weight distributing hitch on sale also on amazon with 10,000 rating and 1,000 tounge rating...I know it's more than I need, but I wanted to make sure we had it all covered. Sigh....big chunk of money, but will be well worth it. After getting that all set up, the next project will be a transmission cooler. Don't want our 03 F150 to crap out. I'll post back after I get all the items and let you know how it goes! Thanks again!
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Brake controller is nice, but do you have a 7 pin connector? Towing mirrors?
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