Originally Posted by Brian
Yea the trailer has surge brakes, I wouldn't feel comfortable pulling it with out them. Not that I am too terribly comfortable pulling it with the Ranger.
I have been looking into the weight distribution kits, but is that something that I can just slap on in the dealership parking lot?
Should be. I had my car hauler loaded when I stopped at an RV dealer to buy the hitch. Just bring simple hand tools, the kit should come with the rest.
Basically, you put together the head and shank at a height that would keep the trailer and truck sitting level, mount the brackets for the bars onto the tongue of the trailer, and then hitch it together.
With surge brakes, you'll need the Equilizer hitch, since it allows full operation. The others that are connected with chains wouldn't allow the head of the surge brakes to compress properly.
Here it is with free shipping: Don't worry about the weight rating
Just keep the overdrive off. Boats, in my experience, seem to pull easier than other loads because a boat is naturally aerodynamic, except for pontoons haha.
I drove from Texas to Wisconsin with a way too overloaded trailer (6k+), and was able to do the speedlimit with the hitch properly set up.