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Old 02-17-2004, 12:05 PM
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o.k. got a 2001 f-150 super screw, manual says it tows 7,200, bumper says 500/5,000, factory installed receiver hitch says class V but then on plate says 500/5,000.... So does that mean its really a class 111....

I found a class IV on etrailer.com thats rated for 800/8,000 for 189.00 bucks,, plan to tow 6,500 do I stick w/ the factory hitch or get the one from etrailer ??

Ford has me confused...
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:48 PM
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The weight rating depends on if your usng a weight distributing hitch. The manual says whats its capable of towing, not what its set up to tow.
 
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I'd go with the class IV so you don't have any insurance issues should you ever need to make a claim.
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I'd go with the class IV so you don't have any insurance issues should you ever need to make a claim.
If its already got a class V you should be fine. the usually do like 500/5000 w/out the weight distributing hitch and 1000/10000 with. Ive never used a distributing hitch, but check it out and make sure its a class V. If so, you should be fine.
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If its already got a class V you should be fine. the usually do like 500/5000 w/out the weight distributing hitch and 1000/10000 with. Ive never used a distributing hitch, but check it out and make sure its a class V. If so, you should be fine.
It contradicts itself,,, in one place it says V-5 and on the plate it says 500/5,000
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Chris.

Important!!! The factory hitch on Ford trucks is only a class 3(500/5000). Despite the fact that there's a "V" on the hitch. The "V" is some kind of part number or stock stamp, not the class rating.

This has come up before.
http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/s...ck+Class+hitch
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The factory hitch on my '97 F-250 LD says 500/5000 and 800/8500 with weight distribution system and that it's a class V-5 hitch. Owners manual claims a max towing capacity of 8300.
But, the hitch takes a 2"x 2" receiver. Thought class 5 used a larger size?
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The factory hitch on my '97 F-250 LD says 500/5000 and 800/8500 with weight distribution system and that it's a class V-5 hitch. Owners manual claims a max towing capacity of 8300.
But, the hitch takes a 2"x 2" receiver. Thought class 5 used a larger size?
I think the class 5 is still 2x2. man that is misleading as hell.
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Thanks Nick,, that clears this up,, V-5 does not mean class 5, ford seems to be misleading purposely. guess I should be safe and buy the class IV. Just re-checked etrailer.com their class IV is 1,000/10,000. I plan to tow right around 6,500 - 7,000 and should be fine..

P.S. the class IV is 2" x 2".....
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guess I should be safe and buy the class IV.
Good call!
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