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draw-tite 41931 vs 2012 factory hitch

So due to a honda accourd try to mount my bumper, im getting a new hitch.
I wanted to get a class V hitch so i found the drawtite 41931 for $220 with a rating of 12000lb. GTW/15000lb. Weight Distributing; 1200lb. Tongue Weight/1500lb. Wt. Distributing.
Then i found a new factory pull off 2012 hitch on CL for $50.
It is a Class V hitch with a rating of 6000lb. GTW/12500lb. Weight Distributing; 600lb. Tongue Weight/1250lb. Wt. Distributing.
Now i have compaired the two abd they are identical. Same welds, same thickness of metal, same angles. The only differences ive found are the price and the stickers?

I dont use wt. distributing harware, as most of the trailers i pull are not mine.
I want to be able to pull 9k without worry.

Should i be ok with factory?

Anyone have any insight?

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The OEM is NOT a classV with a 6k lb GTW rating.
You would be overloaded with OEM. Why risk it?
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Well its labeled as class V.
Insurance isnt paying. Driver was 16 and it was the unemployed mothers car their deductible is 1500. So i cut the lady some slack and letting her pay out of pocket.
My thing is the different hitchs are identcle except the stickers.
Im guessing Ford is using the drawtite as their oem and slapping an under rated sticker on it.

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I know old thread, but I'd like to res it.

I've wondered the same thing. I think the ford limitations don't pertain to the hitch, but rather they are about maintaining proper load distribution. When you put weight on the hitch, the lever action over the rear axel will cause some load to distribute from the front axel to the back axle.

Example; I've tested this on my truck, stock suspension, with a full tank of fuel and myself in the driver's seat. It takes only 625 pounds of hitch weight to shift the load distribution from 60% front, 40% rear to a 50%-50% split and a level truck. This is awfully close to the sticker limit and I suspect is more than just a co-incidence.

No, this isn't anywhere near the payload rating. but should you throw more stuff into your bed (camper in bed towing a horse trailer is a popular combo here), plus the 600lbs hitch weight, you quickly get into 40% front, 60% rear weight distribution territory. Beyond this ratio is dangerous, particularly when towing a trailer.

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not to question it by why is the rating for the 2 1/2 receiver up it to an 800 pound tongue weight carrying if they rated it for the load distribution on the truck?
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not to question it by why is the rating for the 2 1/2 receiver up it to an 800 pound tongue weight carrying if they rated it for the load distribution on the truck?
So far as I know the only trucks from the factory that came with 2.5" receivers were DRW trucks. Given the nature of a DRW truck, I would imagine they are designed for a greater disparity in weight distributed between the front and rear axel.
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