V & T
We pickup our Retro 177 in a couple of weeks and need some advice and guidance. We purchased a weight distribution hitch and a sway bar with the trailer. We will pull it with a Dodge Ram 1500 with a 5.4 Hemi. The truck has a tow limit of 5000lbs and a bumper tongue weight of 500lbs max. I was told using the 2"x2" increases the tongue weight limit over the bumper limitation. But, I can't find this in my owners manual. All I can find is the bumper weight limitation. I'm I missing something, and are we okay with our current setup? I suspect the tongue weight on our trailer will be 500lbs with the propane bottles and battery. Thank you!
Van & Terri
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Djbobbyg
The hitch weight is 380 pounds, though I'm not sure if that's with the tanks empty or full. My tongue weight limit is the same and I have towed my 177 at least 3000 miles. Weight distribution does not increase the capacity of your hitch weight. Got that info from Trailer Life magazine.
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riversidervowners
Van and Terri,

Just a thought would be to add a receiver hitch. They are easy to bolt on and will increase tow and tongue over using a ball on the bumper. (If I am understanding you correctly). Usually less than 150.00. Good to torque the bolts to their specs also.

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V & T
We do have a factory 2" x 2" factory receiver hitch. We just can't find the max tongue weight for it in the factory literature.
Van & Terri
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timetravel
We tow our 177se with a Ram 1500 eco-diesel with no problem.  Small trailers don't need a sway bar but it can help in the mountains.  The important thing is a weight distribution setup.  Makes all the difference in the world for control of your trailer and vehicle - don't leave home without it!
mark & deb > Charleston, SC > 177se
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sunvalleyjoe
For the extra protection a sway/wd is worth the money considering what we payed for our Retros.GBA!!SVJ
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timetravel
what is GBA ?
mark & deb > Charleston, SC > 177se
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sunvalleyjoe
being a Disabled Veteran I always include GBA!! on my post It means God Bless America.GBA!!SVJ
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