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What is the Best Weight Distribution and Sway Control System for a 8,200 Pound Travel Trailer


looking for the best overall set-up for a travel trailer - about 6300 lbs empty wt, 8200 max gross weight, 910 lbs empty hitch weight. Tow vehicle is a 2005 Ford F250 diesel crew cab with a 2 lift. also, which is the best wd shank, 63970 or 63971? Im not sure I need more than the 1 1/4 - didnt with my toy-hauler.

asked by: Mike K

Expert Reply:

We will plan for the maximum gross trailer weight of 8,200 pounds. The dry tongue weight, 910, is right around 15 percent of the 6,300 dry weight. We can then estimate at 8,200 pounds trailer weight our tongue weight is 1,230 pounds.

Since your tongue weight will be somewhere between 910 and 1,230 pounds, Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution system, part # RP66074, would work perfect for you. It has the Dual-Cam Sway Control System which is the best system for a larger trailer, especially if you get close to the 8,200 mark.

The two weight distribution shanks you asked about, part # RP54970 and part # RP63971, are really the same except that RP63971 has more adjustment and has a much lower maximum drop. Part # RP63971 can only be used in the drop position, but that would not be a problem for you since you need the drop. It could not hurt to use the RP63971. Better to have a shank that has more drop than needed than a shank that does not have enough.

If you know the coupler height of the old toy hauler, you can compare it with the new travel trailer. If the new travel trailer is the same or taller you can get away with RP54970. If it is lower, than you will probably need RP63971.

expert reply by: Patrick B

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