Forces applied to trailer hitch

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If I am towing a 10,000 lb. trailer downhill on a 6% grade at 65 mph and I hit the brakes coming to a complete stop in about 5 seconds, how much force is being applied to the trailer hitch?
I am trying to build my own hitch and the forces applied will help me determine plate thickness. I will be running an FEA model to test it out.
 

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If I am towing a 10,000 lb. trailer downhill on a 6% grade at 65 mph and I hit the brakes coming to a complete stop in about 5 seconds, how much force is being applied to the trailer hitch?
I am trying to build my own hitch and the forces applied will help me determine plate thickness. I will be running an FEA model to test it out.
Welcome to the PF. :smile:

Because of the liability and life safety issues involved, we can't be of help on a project like that. I'd recommend that you find a local Mentor (preferably a professional ME with this type of experience) to help guide you in your project.

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