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Curt MV Weight Distribution System - Round Bar - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

Curt MV Weight Distribution System - Round Bar - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

Item # C17051
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This weight distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Includes round, forged steel spring bars and an adjustable shank. Hitch ball sold separately. Great Prices for the best weight distribution hitch from CURT. Curt MV Weight Distribution System - Round Bar - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW part number C17051 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Weight Distribution Hitch - C17051

  • 700 lbs
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • WD Only
  • CURT
  • Includes Shank
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible
  • No Sway

This weight distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Includes round, forged steel spring bars and an adjustable shank. Hitch ball sold separately.


  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of tow vehicle and trailer for improved stability and control
    • Creates a more level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer
  • Round spring bars are constructed of solid, forged steel for strength and durability
  • Adjustable spring bar tension - just switch links in lift chains to fine-tune
  • Desired tilt is achieved with traditional washer design
    • Add or remove washers from spacer rivet to tilt head up or down
  • Grease zerks in the head assembly make for simple maintenance
  • Powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Snap-up lever eases hookup by reducing lifting required by trailer jack
  • System includes head assembly, adjustable shank, spring bars, lift brackets and chains, snap-up handle, pin and clip, and all necessary hardware
    • Hitch ball sold separately - requires 1-1/4" diameter shank


  • Tongue weight: 600 lbs - 800 lbs
  • Maximum gross towing weight: 8,000 lbs
  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers rated for use with weight distribution systems
  • Shank length: 12"
  • Maximum rise: 6"
  • Maximum drop: 2-1/2"
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Included w/ SystemRequired - Sold SeparatelyOptional Add-Ons
  • Adjustable Shank
  • System Head
  • Lift Brackets
  • Spring Bars
  • Lift Bar
  • Hitch Pin and Clip
  • Hitch Ball w/ 1-1/4" Diameter Shank
  • Bar-Style Friction Sway Control

Weight Distribution Diagram

Create a more stable ride for your tow vehicle and trailer with a weight distribution hitch. Adding spring bars to your towing system applies leverage, which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer, resulting in an even distribution of weight throughout. The result is a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow the maximum capacity of your hitch.

Selecting a Weight Distribution System

The tongue weight rating is the most important factor in determining which size weight distribution system you should use. If the bars of the system you choose are rated too high for your setup, they will create a rigid ride, which can result in a bouncing trailer. If, on the other hand, the bars are not rated high enough, the system will be unable to properly distribute the weight, rendering it virtually useless.

To determine the proper weight rating for a weight distribution system, you must first determine your trailer's tongue weight. Then add to that the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. These two measurements make up the tongue weight rating for a weight distribution system.

Forged Steel Spring Bars

The round spring bars are made from forged steel, giving them a distinct advantage over typical cast steel bars. Forging is a process where thermal and mechanical energy are applied to the steel, resulting in a finished product that is more resilient to impacts and is stronger in terms of shear strength. Simply put, these spring bars do a superior job of helping to hold your trailer in line because of their added strength and durability.

Built-In Grease Zerks

Built-in grease zerk on the Curt weight distribution system head assembly

The system's head features 2 built-in grease zerks so that you can easily lubricate the spring bars without having to remove them from the head assembly. The grease zerks are located on each of the shafts that encase the spring bars. Simply use a grease gun (sold separately) to inject grease into each of the zerks.

17051 Curt MV Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch

Installation Details C17051 Installation instructions

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Curt MV Weight Distribution System - Round Bar - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW - C17051

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (741 Customer Reviews)

This weight distribution system will help to evenly distribute the load over the axles of both your tow vehicle and trailer for a smooth, controlled ride. Includes round, forged steel spring bars and an adjustable shank. Hitch ball sold separately.


Easy to install and worked well. I still had to reposition the car on the trailer to eliminate all the sway. But that is to be expected as the tongue weight still needs to be 10-15% of the trailer weight. I would buy this again but perhaps the 10K unit



Its great. Added the sway dampener which made it even better. Tows great.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@James We're glad to hear you're happy with your weight distribution system!


Looks nice, but all scratches due to poor packaging and poor freight handling!! How do you pack 100 lbs in just cheap cardboard XXXX does a better packaging

Etrailer Expert

Jenny N.


Oh my goodness! The box does look like it has been through the ringer. I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you about the scratches.


Very good product , does the job. Two things I don't like. The "snap ins" for the flex bars. Are you supposed to pull them out with your fingers? To release the bars? It hurts my fingers, to the point I can't do it. So I use an old large flat screwdriver, that's works. Second, the hair pins, they hurt putting them in, and taking them out. I had another hitch that did not have the engineering mistakes. Other than that it works fine. Pay attention to the instructions and videos , they help a lot. etrailers does a great job, They let U speak to a tech, if U want, he was a great help. I definitely would do business with them again.


It's been a year and so far, there's been no issues or problems. Once set up, it works flawlessly and really makes a difference on how the trailer and truck handles. I would highly recommend this to anyone!


Excellent quality product. I did alot of research before purchasing this weight distribution system and this one fit the bill perfectly. The shank is solid, not hollow like some other brands. The installation is not bad, alittle tedious to get measurements just right if not on perfectly level ground, but not too bad. Driving difference is night and day. Overall a great product for a great price. Extremely satisfied and I would recommend this to anybody looking for a quality product at a great price.



One year later, and still completely satisfied


George J.,

I received the Curt
Weight Distribution System C17051 earlier this week and finally have time today to check everything.

I have all the parts and should have it ready to go later this week.

Thanks for the quick shipping and your interest in my satisfaction.

Very happy with product looking forward to several years of services.


George J.


Thank you for taking the time to follow up on the Weight Distribution I purchased from your company.I still enjoy using the WD and I think it will continue to provide the same level of service for years to come.Thanks again and have a great Memorial Day weekend.


Product was easy to install and worked as advertised. My application was a bit odd and I went for a different solution after using it for a while, in the end to avoid the torque bars, I swapped the 2" hitch to a 2.5" hitch. Raising the trailer on the electric tongue jack made installing the torque bars a lot easier and I avoid the potential finger pinch at the chain/hook connection. The chain had a tendency to slip off the hook when applying the tension. My rig is heavy enough (1 ton) that the load distribution made little difference, for a lighter tractor I can see how it would improve the handling.


I have installed the curt 17051weight distributing hitch according to the easy to follow instructions. Test drove with camper connected and pulled very easy. Will be going on first long trip next week..

Robert P.


Used the hitch to tow a jayco 154 BH. Made towing easier. We have since traded to a little bigger camper and the hitch still works like a dream. I would recommend the hitch to anyone towing a trailer.


Curt 17051 weight distribution hitch. This hitch works great with my 2005 Chevy Suburban and equally well with 2011 Chevy Avalanche. The coil spring rear suspension on these vehicle ride really nice but sags a lot with my 26' travel trailer attached. The weight distribution hitch installed easily and after adjusting, the ride height is back to within one inch of the unloaded ride height and can be cranked up more if needed.

The round bars can easily be installed or removed and have grease fittings. When the spring bar is turned sideways, the locking pin comes out of the groove and the bar falls out. This makes it easy to remove the spring bar.

Sway control is definitely helpful for this combination. I'm using an add-on Curt friction sway control. I should have bought the whole kit with sway control included.


Trailer pulls much nice woth it on. Still get a good deal sway when I'm being passed by a larger vehicle. One of the little pins came out, how I caught was pure luck.

Bruce D.


Still liking my weight distbuting hitch system. Glad I bought it!


I've owned this hitch a couple of weeks now, went through the assembly and the proper setups techniques, which takes a couple of hours and probably standard among most WDH styles. the reason for low stars is that I have yet to tow with it and a little retention clip for one of the bars has fallen off. The entire hitch is no longer usable with this missing. (you cannot tow with the bars removed, according to Curt customer service) these retention clips are riveted on in the factory and this one was somehow defective. Curt has offered to send me a replacement immediately, which is good, but if you use this hitch be aware if this small rivet fails then your entire hitch cannot be used until the main section is replaced (requiring full disassembly and reassembly)


The product itself is excellent but was delivered without the hardware bag with all of the fasteners needed to assemble the hitch nor did the package contain the hitch ball also ordered. I contacted eTrailer and spoke with Michele about the missing items and she apologized and said that she would contact Curt to get the hitch pieces sent to me. I received the missing pieces AND the hitch ball five days later. Have to give a better than good rating even though the last time I ordered from eTrailer I had no problems with getting what I ordered and gave an excellent rating that time.


I am very pleased with the Curt MV Weight Distribution System that I purchased. It was relatively easy to install and the instructions were clear. I was able to level both trailer and pickup with a significant before and after difference. I do not have the additional sway control but have noticed very little sway and do not feel a need to add it. For the price I believe this system to be an excellent, effective value.


Overall I was surprisingly impressed with the build quality and thickness of the steel. etrailer Shipped the product in an outer box which was a nice touch. I am very pleased as usual. I have ordered from etrailer a handful of times and will continue to do so. Great prices and quality inventory.

John B.


I keep everything greased and out of the weather so the whole hitch is still like new. I still feel this is a great buy.


Not my first experience with etrailer won't be the last. They have good service, helpful staff, quick shipping and good prices. The Curt weight distribution hitch is comparable to higher priced brands and works well for less money.


Awesome hitch at and awesome price. I tried finding one on craigslist and found that buying here was only about $** more. In that case, I will go brand new every time. I haven't had a chance to put it to use yet, but everything looks great.

Timothy E.


The product has worked excellent. Its rugged, thick steel that has held up to many camping trips.


good product.easy set up, makes my silverado ride great.e trailer is great place to purchase items for r v



still fine.thanks for fast service, good product, and price


looks easy to install.thanks happy new year.

Philip O.


very well.easy to install.


After researching online and after talking with local hitch installers I ordered the recommended product from etrailer! I found the price to be fair and after ordering the item arrived on time! We're very happy with etrailer and highly recommend them!


Very easy to install and set-up. Hard to imagine why I would want to spend more unless it included a sway control system. Very pleased with my purchase. My only small complaint was that I read many reviews from other customers of etrailer praising the speediness of their shipping; my order showed to be "in-stock" but took nearly a week before it actually shipped. Now once it left the facility the shipping was very fast.


Hitch is still in the box, never opened or used... How do I write a review?

I'm going to put it on my local Craigslist, it's taking up room in my garage.



It’s still in the box, sitting in my garage, never opened, never used. Anyone want to buy it from me?


Everything looks good out of the box. Instructions and assembly easy. Took maybe half hour to setup. I wish instructions were more specific regarding the type of grease, but otherwise very satisfied.

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Victoria B.


We like to use a Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease. I have linked the grease we use in our shop in both the Cartridge # L11315 and Tub # L11316 options.


This equalizer assembly is exactly like another brand we put on another trailer, just not as heavy.
This equalizer went on our travel trailer, gets used maybe twice a year right now.
We pull this trailer or a 23' flat hauling a Jeep plus accessories (13500 lb. GVW) with a Ram 1500.
Delivery was quick, all the parts were ok and there. Nice looking paint/powder coat.

by: has earned my business with their outstanding customer service and prompt deliveries. Did I say free shipping. Also I can’t say enough praises for Curt Manufacturing. Their powder coated weight distribution package is the best.


Great experience! I contacted etrailer help desk, instant reply to my question. I ordered a complete hitch with extra parts, it came the second day! Amazing service. If you are looking for anything to do with any of the products they sell, you will not find better service anywhere, and with free shipping, I doubt if you will find a better price.

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Weight Distribution Hitch

  • Length of Spring Bars that Come with Curt MV Weight Distribution System part # C17051
    The spring bars of the Curt MV Weight Distribution System # C17051 that you referenced are 31.67 inches in length. The lift brackets on this system should be located a minimum of 33 inches from the center of the hitch ball.
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  • Should Weight Distribution Raise Rear Suspension When Braking
    A weight distribution system is designed to redistribute some of the trailer's tongue weight up to the front axle of the tow vehicle. This helps level the vehicle when towing but you shouldn't feel like the rear of the vehicle is getting lifted when you are slowing down. You may have too much spring bar tension if that's the case or are using a system that's rated too high for your tongue weight if that's what you are experiencing.
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  • How to Set Up Weight Distribution System on Vehicle with Auto Leveling Suspension
    I would recommend you just start over totally with setting up the Curt Weight Distribution System part # C17051 on your trailer and 2009 Chevy Suburban. Like you said you will want to set the trailer on the hitch ball by itself first without the WD system attached to let the auto-level do it's thing. Once settled then you would go about setting up the system. For more information on that check out the install video I attached plus the install instructions link that is attached as well.
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for a Camper Trailer
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. Tongue weight is typically 10 to...
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  • Is it OK that Curt MV Weight Distribution Head Has Slight Play On Shank
    If the two 3/4-inch bolts, washers and nuts that secure the head assembly to the shank of your Curt MV weight distribution system # C17051 are installed properly and you have also installed the adjustment pin and flat washers you do not need to worry about the 1/8-inch of play between the head and shank. For reference, these parts are shown in the linked instructions as items 8, 9, and 10 (bolts, washers and nuts) and items 18 and 19 (pin and washers). When components are going to be...
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  • Should Weight Distribution Bars Flex When Installed
    A slight bend in the spring bars of a weight distribution system is normal and just shows that they are doing their job. The bars are made of spring steel which is designed to flex. If they didn't flex the ride quality would be very rough. Since you have an 800 lb tongue weight system you will need to be sure not to exceed this figure with the loaded tongue weight of your setup. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well.
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  • Can You Back Up with a Curt Weight Distribution System Installed
    As long as you are backing up mainly in a straight line you can back up with a weight distribution system like the Curt part # C17051 that you referenced. If the angle of the truck and trailer would get more severe than what you would experience while traveling forward you would need to disconnect the spring bars first.
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  • Choosing the Correct Shank for the Curt MV Weight Distribution System
    In order to receive the best performance of your Curt MV Weight Distribution System part # C17051 I recommend using the Curt Weight Distribution Shank part # 17120. This is going to allow you to lower the trailer hitch ball an additional 2" so it is level with the trailer. If you were to tow the trailer unlevel, the amount of trailer sway you experience would almost certainly be higher than with the trailer level.
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  • Will Valley Industries Spring Bars Work With a Curt Weight Distribution Head
    The weight distribution bars are not universal so you won't be able to use Valley Industries spring bars with a Curt head. It should also be noted that Valley Industries is no longer in business. Therefore, a new weight distribution system will be your only option. The Curt MV Weight Distribution Systems like part # C17051 are very cost effective. If you can let me know the weight of the trailer I can make a specific recommendation, otherwise I have attached a full list of options below.
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  • How to Pick Out a Curt Weight Distribution System for a Camper Trailer
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. If your loaded tongue weight would...
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  • Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control for a 2020 Ford F-150 STX
    Yes, the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion item # C17500 will absolutely work with your 2020 Ford F-150 STX. The 2" shank that comes with the TruTrack will fit your Ford's hitch receiver. You may be a little on the high end of your F-150's maximum tongue weight with that system. That system has a 800 lbs – 1,000 lbs tongue weight range. It will work but it may be stiff. You will want to check your vehicle's owners manual. If your truck tops out around...
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  • Solution for Needing Higher Rated Weight Distribution than 550 lb TW Draw Tite
    Draw Tite does not still offer their spring bar replacements and Curt bars don't fit the Draw Tite heads so your best option would be a new system that is properly rated like the Curt # C17051.
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  • How To Adjust Curt Round Bar Weight Distribution System
    The best way to setup a Curt Weight Distribution System like part # C17051 is using measurements. I don't have hard numbers for you using scales unfortunately, there are too many variables for each vehicle to use this method. The first thing you'll do is take a measurement at the front and rear of the truck unhooked. Then couple the trailer and re-measure. The goal is to get within 1/2" of the original measurements, you can use different chain links until this is done. Furthermore, there...
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  • Compatibility of Quality S Weight Distribution Head with Curt Replacement Round Spring Bars
    The Curt replacement spring bars would likely not work with your Quality S weight distribution head. I can't recommend mixing and matching weight distribution heads and spring bars from different manufacturers. When a weight distribution system is engineered it's not tested with spring bars from other manufacturers, so your weight rating would be unknown. Best case scenario, the system wouldn't work as designed. Worst case scenario, the bar could fail. And chaos would ensue. I'd recommend...
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  • Trailer Propane Tanks and Batteries Interfere with Lift Brackets on Curt Weight Distribution System
    The spring bar length in Curt weight distribution system # C17051 is 30-5/8 inches long. This will put the system outside the range you need but I do have a way to make it work with your trailer. Instead of using the lift brackets that come with the kit you could use chain hangers # C17005 that bolt to the sides of the trailer frame. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation of this Curt system. The difference between using the lift brackets and the bolt-on chain...
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  • Are There Shorter Spring Bars for a Reese Weight Distribution System
    I do have an option for you but Curt is the only weight distribution system manufacturer that is offered with short arms. The Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System part # C17332 for example has a 10K capacity and comes with 28-3/8" long arms. There's no way to use these arms with your Reese system this means you'll need a new system. These are the shortest spring bars we offer for a weight distribution system.
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  • Can the Spring Bars On a Reese Pro 49902 Weight Distribution System Be Upgraded
    In general, yes, you can replace the spring bars on a weight distribution system. That said, the Reese Pro 49902 is not one we offer replacements for as they have been discontinued by the manufacturer. Furthermore, you cannot use spring bars from a different manufacturer. Therefore, the best option would be to upgrade to a new system for which I recommend the Curt Weight Distribution Kit part # C17051.
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  • Are There Any Replacement Spring Bars For The Reese Pro Series 44902 WDS?
    I went ahead and checked on a replacement for your Reese Pro Series, and it appears that unfortunately the system has been discontinued and it's parts are no longer available for replacement. With that being said, in this situation the best suggestion I can make is for a brand new system. I know that is not what you were hoping to do however if you're interested, I recommend checking out the: -Curt MV Weight Distribution System # C17051. This system is pretty similar to the Pro Series...
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  • Curt Weight Distribution System Recommendation with Extra Long Shank for Tailgate Clearance
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said that from the center of the hitch pin hole of the Curt Weight Distribution system part # C17051 to the center of the hitch ball will measure right at 11 inches. He said that from the pin hole to the end of the shank measures 8 inches. For a shank that you could use with this system that is overall 16 inches long you could use the part # RP3214. This would get you to about 15-3/4 inches long overall from the pin hole to the center of the ball hole.
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  • Do I Need Two Power Wires When Installing the Universal Installation Kit Trailer Brake Controller
    Yes, you will need to run two power wires to the battery when installing the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller part # ETBC7. The first power wire that goes to the 4-way is for the converter and that's what actually powers the trailer lights. The second power wire that goes to the 7-way is for powering a battery on the trailer if equipped. If you don't have a battery on the trailer then the second power wire is not needed but the first is.
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  • Availability of Weight Distribution for 1997 Mitsubishi Montero
    If you were wanting the weight distribution system to prevent the rear of the vehicle form squatting when a trailer is hitched up, you might consider an Air Helper Spring system like the # AL60747 from Air Lift. The air springs mount inside your current coil springs, and can be inflated when needed to prevent some of that rear send squat. If you click the provided link, you can see the installation instructions. The leverage provided by the weight distribution system's spring bars places...
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  • Can You Tow More When Using Weight Distribution Hitch on 2004 Dodge Ram
    You can increase the weight capacity of a trailer hitch in some cases by adding a weight distribution system like the Curt MV Weight Distribution System part # C17051 (Add 2-5/16" Hitch Ball part # C40030). If so, it will be printed on the label of the hitch as you noticed. That being said, trailer hitches are tested separately from the vehicle so you need to verify the towing capacity of the vehicle and then abide by the lower of the two ratings whether that's the hitch or vehicle.
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  • Sway Control Help for a 19 Foot Travel Trailer
    If I am understanding your question correctly it sounds like you are using the Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems item # 17200 when you are pulling your 19 ft travel trailer with your 2020 Ford F-150. To keep your trailer from bouncing up and down and give you a more solid stable connection I recommend adding a weight distribution system that is compatible with your Curt Friction Sway Control. The Curt MV Weight Distribution System item # C17051 would work extremely...
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  • Weight Distribution for 2020 Toyota Highlander Towing Trailer with 360 lb Dry Tongue Weight
    For the tongue weight you mentioned of 360 lb dry the Curt weight distribution system # C17052 would be rated too high and would give you a pretty harsh ride quality. The # C17051 with it's range of 600 to 800 lbs would be a much better option once your trailer is loaded and would have a higher tongue weight.
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