New 13 ft boler and don't know what hitch I need - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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New 13 ft boler and don't know what hitch I need

We have bought our first ever rv...a 13ft boler!!! We have a dodge ram with a standard ball hitch...what do I need to get, to tow this boler?
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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Rebecca, the Bolers generally have a 1 7/8" coupler (unless its been replaced with a 2" coupler), thus requiring a 1 7/8" ball on your hitch. Other than that, you will need to check whether the trailer wiring connector is compatible with the connector on your Dodge Ram. Its difficult to guess what connectors are currently installed on your Boler and on your Dodge Ram.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:35 PM   #3
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Very helpful! Thanks I may have many more questions, going forward!
So cool that there is a community of owners
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:41 PM   #4
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Also, there is a good chance that the ball mount on your hitch is the wrong height for your Boler. Ideally the Boler should be level when hitched to your tow vehicle. The bottom of the Boler coupler is about 18" off the ground when level, so look for a hitch ball mount with a top surface about 18" off the ground when mounted on your hitch. Also consider that your tow vehicle will be lower when loaded, and that's when the measurement should be taken.

(Edit: YMMV. My Boler is level when the coupler is 18" off the ground. Yours may be different.)
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:44 AM   #5
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Your Dodge Ram should easily handle your Boler. Your Tow-ball is easily replaced with either 1 7/8 or 2 in. ball, for only a couple of greenbacks. If it sits too high or too low, the tow-bar is easily replaced with one dropped to the right height to get a level trailer profile. 'Piece of cake' - havagud campin' xperience !
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:43 AM   #6
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Good advice here. I would add that when you drop the height of your hitch you get a single unit rather than two or three adapters pinned together. That introduces too much slop IMHO.
I got a 6' drop hitch from Princess Auto for $25.
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:26 AM   #7
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I got my hitch at a Tractor Supply. Large selection of straight or dropped thingies that slide into the square hole on the SUV. I measured how far that was from the ground and then how far my trailer's ball was from the ground when level. Needed a 2 in drop. Then I bought the right size ball for my trailer. Now the electrical was another issue. My new vehicle has a 4-pin flat, which actually had three pins and a ground. It was essentially female. My 1991 Casita had a 7 pin round that it was also essentially female. So I went searching, everywhere, for an adapter that was male on both ends. Not to be found. I finally found a wiring kit but it was going to need to be installed on the vehicle, not just a simple adapter. After going 7 different places and making two days of phone calls, I landed at U-Haul where it turns out they will install just about anything on a vehicle to make it haul a Trailer. For $38 they installed my adapter on my brand new vehicle and tried to plug in my 16 year old 7 Blade round. It fit but it didn't work. The guy at U-Haul said it was because it was too old and the new male 7 Blade had slightly smaller blades. So he referred me to a man he had heard of who does work for the local RV people (who won't take the risk of installing such things for people) and I contacted him immediately, drove out there and he wired a new 7 blade plug onto the cord on my trailer. All of this is with three little girls in the car that are dying to go camping. The $50 he charged me was absolutely worth getting us on the road that day so as not to miss out on the first night of our first camping trip in our first FGRV. Biggest lesson I learned in all of this is that you can't do any of it over the phone. When searching for the adapter nearly every place I called said oh yeah sure we have that. Then I would get there and both ends of what they had we're not male. If your vehicle and trailer don't talk to each other electrically, I would take it to U-Haul from the get-go. Good Luck and enjoy!
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