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Hitch for towing 7,000 lb. boat

I tow a 7,000 lb. boat (pic included). The Tundra only drops 7/8ths of an inch so it barely even moves when I hook it up. Do I need to use any special ball hitches? Some people say I should have more weight on the rear or use a different ball hitch. Thoughts?

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The design of that boat trailer does not allow for a lot of tongue weight on the truck. The only thing you really need to make sure of is that when the trailer is hooked to the truck that the trailer is sitting level. If it is not then you may need to raise or lower the ball height which you can't do with the setup you have. ALso make sure that the ball you are using is rated for the weight of the trailer, it should say what rating it is on top of the ball.

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I have recently purchased a B & W tow and stow drop hitch. They have various models from 3" drop and more, this thing is a tank it weighs 25 pounds. They have dual and tri-ball setups like you have currently if you pull different trailers. I would highly recommend this hitch. I included the link to the hitch that i got off e-trailer it was the best price that i have found but check them out lots of options on there.

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As said above making sure the trailer is level is key. And then that the ball and insert are rated for the weight as well.

I have ordered from e trailer many times and they have always been great.

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With the boat being past the 5,000 LB weight, doesn't Toyota recommend a WDH?


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With the boat being past the 5,000 LB weight, doesn't Toyota recommend a WDH?
They don't recommend it, rather it is required. 500 pounds of tongue OR 5000 pounds and it is required.
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They don't recommend it, rather it is required. 500 pounds of tongue OR 5000 pounds and it is required.
That's what I meant....bad choice of words on my part.


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Boat trailers typically only have about 7 or 8% tongue weight, so you are probably looking at about 600lbs. there. Most boat trailers also have surge brakes which don't work very well with WD hitches. If your trailer does not have surge brakes, I'd recommend a WD hitch for sure. Otherwise, you are technically out of spec.

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Boat trailers typically only have about 7 or 8% tongue weight, so you are probably looking at about 600lbs. there. Most boat trailers also have surge brakes which don't work very well with WD hitches. If your trailer does not have surge brakes, I'd recommend a WD hitch for sure. Otherwise, you are technically out of spec.
This is exactly why. I have Surge Brakes and cannot run a WDH.

Longhornfan2324, I'll definitely look into getting that hitch, I appreciate the link.

So what I'm taking away is the hitch I'm using is fine as long as the Weight Rating meets criteria (it's 10,000lbs) and the trailer is level, is this correct?


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So what I'm taking away is the hitch I'm using is fine as long as the Weight Rating meets criteria (it's 10,000lbs) and the trailer is level, is this correct?
You got it.

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You can still use a WD Hitch with surge brakes, here is a link with more info. Etrailer is very knowledgeable in what they do. I got rid of my POS surge brakes and went with Electric over Hydraulic, world of difference when stopping. I even run a WDH with my boat trailer, just a bit different set up, that they talk about, "Pole tongue adapter". Very important to tow the the dual axle trailers level for proper axle loading, even more so if you have a torsion axle set up.
You need at least 10% tongue weight for proper towing with that boat being heavy in the rear. imho

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Hitch for towing 7,000 lb. boat

I use a fastway adjustable hitch to tow my 4000 lb (total) Bayliner, I purchased because the receiver lock is built in the hitch unlike other hitches I've seen. Also love the quick adjustments for the ball height, both keyed. Here is a link to it:
Fastway DT-ALBM6600 Adjustable Ball Mount, Aluminum https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JRYHIGY..._s52WybE23J78R

Just make sure when your towing your hitch is rated higher then the weight your towing. I mistakenly was using some adjustable cheap Reese hitch from Walmart to tow a car on top of a uhaul car trailer about 300 miles across one state and bent the adjustable hitch. I was thankful it didn't snap the hitch which was only rated about 5000 lbs which I was towing about 6000. After that immediately bought a hitch rated up to what my vehicle can tow.

Here's a pic of my fastway hitch towing my boat:


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Curious if your just your boat is 7K lbs or if that is the total load weight.

I'm looking at a boat that's 6100 lbs but that doesn't include the trailer, boat fuel, junk on the boat, etc. I figure I'll be pushing 8000 lbs all in. Maybe a few lbs more.

I know the Tundra is rated for that but looking for how it actually performs.

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