So here is my dilemma - I'm getting ready to buy a side-x-side (not sure what brand yet) and will hauling it occasionally with my Durango. The trailer I have is a new Gatormade 10,400lb equipment trailer. I will not be exceeding the load tow capacity of my tow vehicle - just wanted to clear that up.
The Gatormade hooked up to my Durango has an awful amount of rattle. My hitch is a Draw-Tite 6k hollow tube that my Dad had laying around. Planning on getting a 10k rated solid hitch when I can find one on sale. I use to have one but got talked into including it during the sale of my last camper. Using the hitch I have now results in a ridiculous amount of movement in the receiver.
Should I just get a new solid tube hitch and start from there? I've looked at some products on Amazon but I'm not sure what works best for eliminating the issue. I've mostly towed campers (conventional and 5th wheel) and loaded farm trailers with my F250 or Dad's dually. Never really had any issues with rattle before.
Not what you asked about-but I don't see how you are not over loading your vehicle. You have an approximate (vehicle) payload of 1,200 pounds-and you have a tongue weight of 1,248 pounds.
If your towing this in a business situation your a liability waiting to happen. You need a 3/4 ton truck at a minimum. Use your F250-that's what it is made for.
I'm waiting for someone in this situation to run in to me-I would like a new "King Ranch" or equivalent pickup truck.
I did my math awhile back and I figured I was well within the payload/towing capabilities of my Durango. Feel free to check it and correct me if I'm wrong.
Also, this is not for a business. My plan is take to the side by side to WV so my son and I can do some 2,3 or 4 day trail rides. Reason for using the Durango for towing is this - my wife and daughter like to trail ride on horse back. She has two horses and a 3-horse slant Featherlite horse trailer with a short wall. There are several weekends where she leaves out with the truck and horse trailer which leaves me with the Durango.
Trailer GVWR: 10,400
Trailer weight empty: 2,010
Weight of side by side: 1,500 +/-
Trailer tongue weight loaded w/ side by side: 526.5 est. ([2,010+1,500]*.15)
Durango weight: 4,987
payload capacity: 1,420
My weight: 180
My son's weight: 50
fuel: 154.98 (6.3lbs/gal*24.6)
I will not be using a W/D hitch system.
526.5+154.98+180+50+30 = 941.48 est payload
1,420-941.48 = 478.52 lb to spare.
(all weights in pounds and estimated)