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Old 06-16-2008, 12:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Under rated factory tow hitch

WHy is my factory installed tow hitch on my 04 dmax only good for 7500 lbs if my truck can pull 13500 or so?

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Old 06-16-2008, 02:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the 13,500 is for a 5th or goose..

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, you have to read the fine print, where it says "properly equipped."
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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so my duramax can only safely pull 7500? Or can I just remove my factory hitch and install one with a higher rating?
I was under the impression the duramax could pull around 11 or 12K off the hitch, and 13 something with a 5th wheel.
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IIRC that # is for weight carrying. No weight distribution hitch. I believe it is 12000# for weight distribution. Jerry.
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The 7500# is for non weight distribution hitches. As Jerry stated with the weight distribution it is 12,000#. You can get a better hitch like the Putnam XDR I think that it is rated higher.
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You should replace it if you are going to pull anything heavy--They light duty, will break, bend, and have some poor welds. I bought a Putnam XDR from Performance Center for $115-- it was drop shipped from the company in Michigan in 5 days. Total was $135 including tax, and well worth it for piece of mind. Much heaver and a direct bolt-on except for the bracket that holds the trailer connector.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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guys, thanks so much for the info
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Take the old part that holds the wiring connection off the old hitch and have it welded to the new one and you are good to go.
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