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Question about Trailer hitch,etc.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by kingofbling, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    Im going to be purchasing a trailer from one of my brothers friends, he bought a bigger one and is selling his old one, however since this will be my first trailer im a little confused on what type of hitch i need

    On the paper it says Empty Weight - 1280lbs and Gross Carrying 1920lbs

    So does anyone know what type of hitch i would need ?

    I would basically be hauling (2) 22" Mowers plus 2 Weedeaters, etc.

    The trailer also has a blower box on the front. Im a little confused about the tounge weight, my bumper shows 400lb Tounge/4000lb Max (im guessing that means if you pull it on the bumper)

    Btw this is a 96 Suburban 1500
  2. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    T, Not to be rude but a little more info would help. What exactly are you confused about?

  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    It might be alright but could be a little bigger, but if not the smaller one will work.
  4. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Personally I wouldn't do it on the bumper. Get a hitch from your local auto supply place... should cost all of $200. You can do a lot with a 2" reciever that you can't do with just the bumper.
  5. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    Sorry about the way i typed it, was fixing to leave work so was typing 100 wpm :laugh:.

    Let me explain it,

    Im going to be buying a trailer from one of my brothers friends, he purchased a new one since the one he is selling me was a 5x10 and he needed something bigger for his business.

    Okay he gave me a paper about the trailer that state the following,

    Empty Weight - 1280lbs
    Gross Carrying - 1920lbs (Gross is the max weight allowed to be carried correct ?)

    So what i wanted to know what was kind of hitch would you guys recommend, i see some with a 1,000lbs "tounge" limit ,etc. Basically which hitch would be best ? The trailer is 5x10 and has a "blower box" on the front so im not sure if that would add weight in the front or not.

    I would only be moving around 22" Mowers plus the basics, no big machines.

    Btw this is a 96 Suburban 1500

    Ignore the bumper portion, i thought that meant total trailer weight for my suv.

    It has been a long time since i messed with trailers, so im having to learn again.
  6. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Get a Class III hitch and call it a day
  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    You've got a 1280 lb. 5x10 with 22" push mowers and trimmers. An ATV could pull that.

    If that Suburban has a bumper hitch, use it. The only problem that setup will give you is not being able to adjust the height of the tongue.

    A class III would definitely be the way to go if you needed adjustability.
  8. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    That is 100% on. A properly mounted hitch is the only way to go.

  9. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    Thanks for the help.

    One more question, which hitch would be best to go with ?

    Gross Trailer Weight -5000 lbs.
    Tongue Weight- 500 lbs.


    Gross Trailer Weight - 7500lbs
    Tounge Weight - 1000lbs

    I was told by a hitch sales person to get a Class III (said that what was recomended for my truck) but they didnt tell me what tounge weight, etc. There is only a few dollars in price difference.

    Im not sure which one to buy, would it be wise to buy the 1,000lbs Tounge Load since i plan to buy a bigger trailer in the future ?

    I eventually plan to buy bigger mowers and a bigger trailer, but for now i will start out small, that way if it doesnt work out i can just be out a small invesment.
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    Get a frame mounted reciever hitch. Class III. That's all you need to know. Be sure to get the truck wired for trailer lights when you install the hitch.
    That hitch will tow anything you can legally tow with the vehicle you have.

    What the Heii is a "king of bling"?...just curious.

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