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Meagan 01-20-2011 12:34 PM

help! towing with a 2004 dodge ram 1500 hemi
 
I have never towed anything with my truck before so I have no idea what I'm doing! The bumper says that it can hold 5000lbs, so if I just put a towing ball on the bumper, will it be able to pull an average 2 horse trailer with one horse, or do I need to get a receiver hitch? (I don't have a trailer yet, but I have the opportunity to borrow friend's trailers if need be so I want to be ready.) I'm so lost and I definitely want both my babies, my truck and my horse, to be safe if I ever have to trailer them!

Cowgirl140ty 01-20-2011 12:36 PM

It Should be fine. I can haul 6000 lbs on my bumper. I dont have a hitch. And I have yet to have a problem.

Zimpatico 01-20-2011 12:40 PM

I'm going to send this to my fiance... He has the same truck and pulls car trailers, snowmobile trailers, etc. all the time!

71Duster 01-20-2011 12:54 PM

Hi..I am Kelly's fiance, she asked me to log on and try to help. So your truck does not have an actual tow hitch?, just the bumper? It depends what kind of trailer you are towing, most importantly does the trailer have brakes? I would not recommend towing something like a horse trailer with just a bumper and not an actual tow hitch.

If the trailer has brakes and your truck doesn't have a tow hitch, then chances are you aren't wired for brakes.

Meagan 01-20-2011 01:10 PM

Thank you all for your help!
It's just the bumper, but I'm 95% sure it's welded to the frame or whatever and I know there are wires for the lights and stuff, but I doubt that it has wiring for brakes. The kind of trailer I would probably be using would just be a regular stock trailer or small 2 horse. I suppose I should take it to a dealer to see what they think and to get it equipped with a receiver hitch. Any idea about how much that would cost?

rsmith 11-04-2011 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Meagan (Post 896883)
Thank you all for your help!
It's just the bumper, but I'm 95% sure it's welded to the frame or whatever and I know there are wires for the lights and stuff, but I doubt that it has wiring for brakes. The kind of trailer I would probably be using would just be a regular stock trailer or small 2 horse. I suppose I should take it to a dealer to see what they think and to get it equipped with a receiver hitch. Any idea about how much that would cost?

Hi Meagan! Im Ronald from California and i have a similar concern. I think it will be better to be safe than sorry so before i will be towing anything i would rather have a hitch first rather than just a bumper to be used. Well my horses are very precious so i want it to be secured while traveling a long way on the road. So this thread is already too old so i guess you already have a hitch right? Where did you get one? What is the best brand to have? I dont really mind the price im just after the quality of it

Cacowgirl 11-05-2011 01:18 AM

I got my receiver/hitch at Pick a Part off another Dodge-I think it might have been a factory part & it was a reasoanble price. It's pulling my large slant load very nicely.

Joe4d 11-05-2011 09:06 AM

You need a reciever hitch and a brake controller. You would be ok towing it empty. But do the math. My last plain bumper pull weighed 2860 empty, add 1000 lb horse you are at 3860, add a saddle some tack, water, you are real quick getting to your 5000lb limit. You can tow it fine, the problem is stopping slam on the brakes and you have way more than that coming forward. I have seen those bumpers get pushed under the truck.
In VA it is actually illegal to tow a 2 axel trailer without brakes so you really need a receiver hitch and a brake controller.

waresbear 11-05-2011 08:50 PM

You're playing russian roulette towing a horsetrailer with a ball on the bumper and no trailer brakes. Anyone who does this is risking a serious accident & endangering others on the road, period!

equiniphile 11-05-2011 08:54 PM

I have a 2007 Ram 1500 with a Hemi engine, and I've been told the truck itself could practically tow a house. It's the hitch that makes the difference, and you definitely need one on there.


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