30 plus Sea Ray loading and unloading from a trailer

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Jaxmike, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. DWABoat

    DWABoat Active Member

    274
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    I put that same hitch on my truck. Rock solid. Very good hitch.
     
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  2. Getaway

    Getaway Active Member

    936
    Oct 13, 2010
    Bay City, Michigan
    1998 290DA Sundancer
    Lowrance electronics, Fishhawk, Scotty Downriggers
    BoatWheels Tri-Axle Trailer
    Single big block 454 MPI Mercruiser engine and Bravo III outdrive.
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  3. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I bought the 2 1/2" one because I needed the higher tow rating. I got an adapter to 2" so I can still use my other hitches for my other trailers.
     
  4. DWABoat

    DWABoat Active Member

    274
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    Yes - I conditionally agree with you.
    Remember the weakest link theory.
    The hitch receiver is great. I weighed the factory one on my Chevy vs this Curt model just out of curiosity. The Curt was over twice the weight.

    Install the new hitch receiver with the grade 8 bolts they send and be sure to torque them to spec. I put thread locker blue on mine.

    Evaluate your ball and hitch ball mount. Make sure they are rated for your load. Many of the balls/hitch mounts are only rated for 5000 lbs.

    I find etrailer.com has a great selection and has always given good support for questions and instructions. I bought a heavier weight distributing hitch for my travel trailer last year and was having trouble getting it adjusted correctly. I called etrailer tech support and they walked me through it. My fault, of course, I had skipped over some of the instructions I felt were unimportant.

    Good luck to you.
     
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  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I'll second/third/whatever the Curt receiver. Good company - good product.

    Something that I would highly recommend when you're pulling over 8K to 10K lbs... SERIOUSLY consider Electric Over Hydraulic brakes. It makes a HUGE difference. It also allows the easy use of a weight distributing system, which again makes a huge difference. This is so often overlooked, but when it comes to trailering, it's NOT about the ability to pull the load... it's about the ability to STOP and safely swerve when needed.

    Getaway... not to diverge too much from this topic, but in the early 2000's, weren't the 1500HD's only rated for about 10,000lbs, properly equipped (weight distribution?) with the right engine and rear axle? Do you at least have EOH brakes?
     
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  6. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I really like Etrailer, have bought several items from them, but I decided to buy this hitch from Amazon for a few reasons.
    I also bought a 20k hitch ball mount to go with it.
    Like you said DWABoat, the Curt received is a lot heavier than the stock.
     

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  7. andy k

    andy k Member

    442
    Feb 7, 2009
    Door County, Wisconsin
    1998 3075
    Mercruiser 5.7 w/ Alpha one. Kohler 5kw
    Keep in mind hitches typically have two ratings. One rating is for a weight distribution hitch and one is for non weight distribution hitches.

    I have a weight distribution hitch on my trailer and it makes a noticeable difference in tongue weight.

    Attached is the hitch capacity of a f150. Now I personal think that 13,200 lbs behind a F150 is kind of a joke.....

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  8. Getaway

    Getaway Active Member

    936
    Oct 13, 2010
    Bay City, Michigan
    1998 290DA Sundancer
    Lowrance electronics, Fishhawk, Scotty Downriggers
    BoatWheels Tri-Axle Trailer
    Single big block 454 MPI Mercruiser engine and Bravo III outdrive.
    I believe you are correct on the tow rating for the 1500HD. I do have EOH brakes on the trailer which work very well.

    I think, legit, I'm not exceeding the 10,000 by much since my 290 has the single BB and I usually keep the water/fuel/waste tanks low when towing. The trailer is aluminum and handles very well. It definitely does not feel like I'm overloading the truck at all. The 6.0 motor loafs along at 2500 rpm at 55-60MPH, stays cool and the trans temp never creeps above "normal". The truck has the 8 lug hubs/wheels with the 3/4ton HD rear springs and rear end. The ole girl really doesn't work hard towing that 290 around.
     
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  9. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Remember one thing, no matter how robust the hitch receiver, ball mount, bolts, the ENTIRE weight of the load is still on that little 5/8" pin with the spring clip in it. Yhat seems like the weak link to me.
     

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