What size hitch???

Discussion in 'Towables' started by mountainmike, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. mountainmike

    mountainmike New Member

    I just bought a 2004 Coachmen Chaparral, the tongue weight is 830 lbs. and the GVWR is 10,830 lbs. Should I stay as close to the tongue weight as possible or go with a heavier hitch? I am in between a 1,000 lb. tongue weight & 10,000 lb. overall or a 1,200 lb. tongue weight & 12,000 overall. I don't want to buy a hitch that is too small for the load, but I don't want to buy one that is overpowering for that load.

    I have seen all different weight ratings on these hitches, any thoughts???
     
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: What size hitch???

    What are you going to tow it with?
     
  3. mountainmike

    mountainmike New Member

    RE: What size hitch???

    I have a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4x4 Crew cab w/ a 6.0 V8
     
  4. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: What size hitch???

    With your truck, 800lb. bars are big enough. If you had said a 1/2 ton truck, I would have told you to go heavier.

    If you go with the heaver bars, they will give you a harder ride because they don't flex as much. With the 800's they will flex more, and you will get a softer ride. Cost is not an issue, they are probably the same..or close.

    I would say, take your pick, based on the ride you like.
     

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