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W/D System for 16 Ft 2003 Sun Valley Roadrunner Travel Trailer Towed by 2001 Nissan Frontier

Question:

hello, i am new to this. i have 2001 nissan frontier with towing capacity up to 5000 LBS. just bought a 16 ft 2003 sunvalley roadrunner travel trailer. i best dry weight i can find on internet of camper is between 2900-3300lbs. now my question is what kind of hitch will i need? should i get one that says :up to 600lbs tw or between 200-600? thank you

asked by: Missie


Expert Reply:

Ideally, the tongue weight of your trailer would fall into the center of the effective range of the weight distribution system you choose.

Instead of using the dry weight, we use the fully-loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer to determine which W/D system to use. The weight of anything carried in the truck bed behind the rear axle also needs to be considered as tongue weight. You can use a scale at a truck stop to determine your actual tongue weight by following the procedures shown in the diagram I have provided.

With full propane and water tanks, I cannot see your tongue weight being above the 600 lb maximum capacity of the RP66151. The Reese SC Weight Distribution System you referenced, part # RP66151 has an effective range of 200-600 lbs, and would be perfect for your application.

The term up to 600 lbs or between 200-600 lbs does not mean much. Not exceeding the capacity of the system is the most important thing to consider.

The RP66151 includes the weight distributing shank, but the appropriately sized trailer ball with a 1-1/4 inch diameter threaded shank would be needed. For a 2 inch ball, use part # A-90 or part # 19286 for a 2-5/16 inch ball.

expert reply by: Mike L




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Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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19286

Retail: $17.13

Price:  $9.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
12000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-3/4 Inch Shank Length
2-5/16 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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A-90

Retail: $18.20

Price:  $11.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
10000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-5/8 Inch Shank Length
2 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 600 lbs TW


Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 600 lbs TW

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RP66151

Retail: $778.79

Price:  $519.95

Product Summary:

WD With Sway Control
Reduces Sway
300 lbs
400 lbs
500 lbs
Up to 10000 lbs GTW
Includes Shank

Product Specs:

Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible
Allows Backing Up


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