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Old 10-31-2013, 04:02 PM   #71
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I found the info I was looking for when I originally posted. SAE J684 defines class 1 up to 2000lbs and 1 1/4,

Hmm... My nephew's Class 1 looked more like a solid bar that was ~1.5" wide by 0.5" tall. It had a smaller hole for the ball, so could only accommodate a 1-7/8 ball. It didn't seem removable.
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Small update - class 1 receivers typically have no reinforcing ring around the end of the tube. Also they have a tab in the tube to prevent using class 2 ball mounts and accessories.

The old style class 1 used to be a flat bar, but I can honestly say I haven't seen one of those in decades. Here is a link to reference that lists the old style http://www.sizes.com/home/trailer_hitches.htm

Now class 1 and 2 look too much alike, in my opinion.

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Old 10-31-2013, 04:48 PM   #73
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Now class 1 and 2 look too much alike, in my opinion.

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Yes and no - if you only look at the receiver then yes they are hard to tell apart. But if you look at the hitch itself you can normally see the difference in the tubing size etc. Class II hitch will normally look more substantial than a Class I when side by side.
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Yes and no - if you only look at the receiver then yes they are hard to tell apart. But if you look at the hitch itself you can normally see the difference in the tubing size etc. Class II hitch will normally look more substantial than a Class I when side by side.
True, very true. Alas the general public is not usually astute enough to notice those differences, from my experience. Some might, a few more will if you put them side by side, but a lot won't know the difference even when it is pointed out.

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Old 11-01-2013, 07:33 AM   #75
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HA.... We didn't need no stinkin' Class anything hitches

Back (like in the 50's) when my family would rent a 12' trailer for vacations, they just clamped a trailer hitch onto the bumper and off you went. In at least 5 years of these vacations we never had a permanent hitch on any of out vehicles including a 1947 Oldsmobile and a 1951 Pontiac. Somewhere I have a horrible pic of what that looked like.

"The Long, Long Trailer" had nothing on us.....
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:04 PM   #76
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Nope no dry weights (which as we all know dont mean much) but a loaded one on the Trailer Weights in the Real World thread has one weigh in at 1974lbs. That trailer *may* have been loaded pretty light as there is also a 13' Trillium on the list that weighed in only 135lbs less. Have a camping buddy that had a 4500 Trillium and they indicated theirs weight in at about 2200-2300lbs loaded for camping but with no water.
I weigh my 1980 Trillium 4500 each time we travel into southern Alberta where the weigh scales are free and easily accessible, including a trip about a month ago. It usually comes in at 820Kg, which is 1804 pounds. That does not include our hitch weight. With two propane tanks, a battery and two jacks on the front, our hitch weight adds about 175 pounds, for a total weight just under 2000 pounds. That includes our permanently mounted solar panel, 2 – 5 gallons of water, a tool box weighing probably 25 pounds, an 8 inch thick memory foam double bed mattress, portable barbeque and grill plate and all usual living stuff in the trailer. We have a front dinette and no bathroom, but have all the usual appliances and a box of setup stuff. With the sturdy double wall construction of much of the trailer, yours probably won’t get much lighter, but it shouldn’t be much heavier unless you carry something really heavy.

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We pack our 4500 with all the stuff that 5 kids, and two adults require. The van is full of people, so the trailer is full of all the luggage, and water toys, camping gear, food, ..... It gets heavy. That is why we have a 3500 lb axle, and a 2" ball.
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