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Old 07-06-2015, 10:52 PM   #31
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Do some more research and I think you'll find the "weight carrying hitch receiver" is Class II.
Class III is required a weight distributing hitch.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:31 PM   #32
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Did you look this up in your manual, or just online?
From Toyota's on-line version of the manual:
http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/docum...866U/pdf/3.pdf


Also, it's definitely a Class III (rated at 5000 lbs), just not weight distributing -- check out this link:
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:02 AM   #33
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Do some more research and I think you'll find the "weight carrying hitch receiver" is Class II.
Class III is required a weight distributing hitch.
The hitch classes are just weight capacity ranges, so any hitch rated for 5000 pounds (or indeed anything more than 3500 pounds) of trailer is Class 3. Between 5,000 and 10,000 pound capacity makes it Class 4.

The now-ancient VESC V-5 standard defines weight distribution, but the current SAE J684 standard makes no reference to weight-distribution systems at all. A WD system could be used in any class, and a hitch can be any class without being required to allow WD. It is just normal practice in the North American towing equipment industry to make WD hardware only to fit 2" and larger receivers, and to use a 2" square receiver size for Class 3.

So in practical terms, you do need Class 3 or higher to use WD, but not all Class 3 receivers allow WD.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:20 AM   #34
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While generally decently written, there are several errors in the class description, including the wrong weight limit for Class 3, and a nonsensical confusion of Class 3 and Class 4 ratings. Most of the information is about typical practices, not the classes as defined by the standards.

While this might look "official" because it appears to be from Reese (a major towing equipment brand), the actual manufacturer's site is www.reeseprod.com; this one is a retailer.
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