Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW

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  • WD Only
  • 500 lbs
  • Curt
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Includes Shank
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible
  • Standard
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. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best weight distribution from Curt. Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW part number 17300 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Weight Distribution - 17300

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. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately.


Features:

  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of tow vehicle and trailer for stability and control
    • Creates a more level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer
  • Trunnion 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
  • Powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Snap-up lever eases installation 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


Specs:

  • Maximum tongue weight: 600 lbs
  • Maximum gross towing weight: 6,000 lbs
  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Shank length: 12"
  • Maximum drop: 1/2"
  • Maximum rise: 7-1/2"
  • Length of spring bars: 30-5/8"
  • 1-Year warranty


Included w/ 17300Required - Sold SeparatelyOptional Add-Ons
  • Adjustable Shank
  • System Head
  • Lift Brackets
  • Spring Bars
  • Hitch Ball w/ 1-1/4" Diameter Shank
  • Bar-Style Friction Sway Control

Weight Distributing Hitch

Create a 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.



17300 Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - Trunnion Bar



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Video of Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Curt Weight Distribution - WD Only - 17300 Review

Today, we are going to be taking a look at part number 17300. This is the Curt Trunnion the style weight distribution system. It's going to include the adjustable shank as well as the 58 inch hitch pin and clip To hold this inside of your 2" x 2" hitch. This unit is going to evenly distribute the weight of your axles of both the tow vehicle and your trailer. It's going to provide stability and control. Ultimately, the unit is going to create a more level ride for both the tow vehicle and your trailer.

Now, this unit is going to feature the Trunnion style string bars. These are going to be constructed of solid forged steel for strength and durability. Here at the brackets, we are going to have the chains on there. That way, you can adjust the spring bar tension. All you have to do is switch the links in the lift chains to fine tune your system depending on your application. Here at the head assembly, you can see that it does not have a hitch pull.

It's the only thing that is required that is not included with the kit or with this part number. The diameter of that Paul is going to measure an inch and a quarter so that's the size of the shank on the hitch point you need to make sure you have in order to work with this system but this head can be tilted using the traditional washer design. It's going to come with these two washers right here, it's going to come with two different size spacer rivets and it's going to come with the tilt adjustment instructions. These are going to walk you through the different combinations of washer and spacer rivets you can use to get the desired tilt that you need for your application. All you have to do is add or remove the washers, use whatever style rivet that you want for your application and it's going to allow you to tilt that head as needed. There's going to be a space in here, inside the head unit, kind of this whole right here if you can see it.

That's going to be where that spacer rivet goes and then, also it's going to come with a set screw to help hold that position, which installs and the bottom hole here in the head assembly The overall unit is made from a steel construction, has a really nice black powder coat finish on it. That's going to ensure that it lasts a long time and that it stands up well against the elements and is protected from rusting and corrosion. This bar right here is going to be our snap up lever, this is going to ease the installation of our brackets by being able to gain the proper leverage to raise and lower the snap up brackets. It's also going to reduce the lifting required by the trailer jack, really simple though. You can see these brackets, the position and the up position is going to be held in place with that pen right there so you can lower it and set the chain where you need to, raise it up using the lift bracket, it goes over that portion there, it's got a nice rubberized handle on the end of it so you can get a nice, secure grip and it's got a bend in it for even more leverage and also just to make sure that you remain a safe distance away from the moving components on the system. Secure is in place using the large clip, this site over here is going to be identical.

Now, you we're going to get two sets of bolts for the lift brackets. You can see I have the longer bolts installed. It's going to be what holds the lift brackets to the trailer frame. Now if you have a really large A frame, according to the instructions, you can figure out whether or not you may need to use the 2 inch long bolts instead of the 4 inch long bolts. The 2 inch long bolts are supplied with this part number. That way, you can use whatever ones are going to best fit your particular application. Now, these brackets are going to take up about 4 inches of space along the trailer frame and then, the opening right here from inside edge to the inside edge would measure 2 3/4 of an inch so you need to make sure that your trailer frame is not wider than that measurement. That way, it will fit perfectly and the two and three-quarter inch opening is ideal to fit trailer widths or trailer frameworks of 2 1/2 inches. Again, the system is going to include everything you see here on the table. I have it all assembled. You've got the large bolts and the washers as well is the lock nuts to hold the unit onto the adjustable shank. The adjustable shank is made from a solid steel construction, very strong and durable and it's going to have that black powder coat finish on it as well. Now, the head unit right here has the small hole located on each side. That way, it's designed to accept a friction weight control system. The only thing about having those holes on either side is you can put that frictions weight control system on either side of the unit that you need to. When it comes to the tongue weight on this weight distribution system, the maximum tongue weight is going to be 600 pounds. The maximum gross towing weight is 6000 pounds. This is designed by 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers that are rated for used with a weight distribution system. Now, back here on the shank, measuring from the very end of the portion that goes into the hitch to the very front face, that's going to give us a shank length of 12 inches. We're going to have a six hole design on that adjustable shank so you can adjust the head as needed. It can be used in the drop or rise position. With it in the rise position and the head assembly at the very top of mounting holes, that's going to give us a maximum rise of 6 inches. That's measuring from the inside top edge of the receiving inaudible 05:05 hitch to the top of our ball platform. If we we're to put this over in the drop position and lower the head to the very lowest setting, that's going to give us a maximum drop of 2 inches, again, from the inside top edge of the receiving inaudible 05:17 hitch to the top of that ball platform. You're also going to get a nice, detailed set of instructions, this is going to be your owners manual. It's going to walk you through your installation process, the parts list, how to connect to the snap up brackets, how to use the chains to best fit your particular application, it's going to give you some towing tips and safety tips as well as maintenance tips. That's going to do it for today's look at part number 17300. This is the Curt Trunnion style weight distribution system.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 600 lbs. TW, 6,000 lbs. GTW - 17300

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (13 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. Shank included. Hitch ball sold separately.

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Great product. 592465



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Highly successful in keeping the trailer straight when towing. 513649



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Excellent product used many times or our trailer so far. Grease it a little connect & go! 489754



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Awesome WD hitch and fits my needs perfectly. I use it to Tow a travel trailer that weighs about 4,200 lbs. and does a good job. When using a WD hitch with this type of bars, UNHOOK the bars before backing in to your campsite to keep from damaging the hitch head. 485305


Comments

Still working well. I did damage one hitch head in the first year, but know now to disconnect the bars before backing up. A $73 mistake, but still happy.

Weldon - 03/16/2019

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If you're backing up in a situation where there's no danger of jackknifing, it's not necessary to remove the spring bars. However as you've learned, it doesn't hurt either.

-- Mike L - 3/16/2019


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looks great 444120



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For my lightweight trailer and Ranger pickup, this hitch is as good as it gets for a low cost and optimum performance. And the folks at etrailer make it simple to choose the correct model and the best price. 435856



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Perfect! Great product.... 357300



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Ordered over weekend and weight distribution hitch arrived today. Package in great shape now just need weather to brake in MI so I can install on our trailer. Great price and co isn't. 330171


Comments

Product has worked great, it was very straight forward to set up myself. Feel much more secure driving down the road with the weight distribution hitch.

Neal S - 01/05/2018

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This product really helped with distributing the weight of the camper to all 4 wheels of my tow vehicle. Makes all the difference when towing. love it. 287603


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still works great.

Sal M - 08/25/2017

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Unbelievable difference in towing - I tow a 21 Foot cuddy w/ a jeep cherokee - 1 trip over a thousand miles - would not even think of it w/ out the stabilizers. awesome product, 246695



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I really like the way it works. It took a little work to find room on the trailer frame but after moving the battery bracket it fit just fine. It might be a little overkill for my full size tent trailer, (Coleman Grandview SP) with two kings and a side slide out. But with a SUV tow vehicle the extra weight on the front axle was worth it. Thanks, Kevin 241306



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Arrived quickly, went together easily, especially considering this was my first time doing such a task. Got a few hundred miles on the rig at this point, all is well, would purchase again. 200748



- 17300
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Exellent product and Etrailer.com is it pure joy to do business with. 99823


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  • Weight Distribution System to Tow a 2017 Coachman Clipper with a 2015 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Curt Weight Distribution System # 17300 is rated for 600 pounds of tongue weight. Your loaded trailer is likely in the range between 400 and 450 pounds tongue weight. You'll also want to add any weight stored behind the rear axle of your 2015 Toyota Tacoma. As long as the gear behind your truck's rear axle and your trailer's loaded tongue weight isn't higher than 600 pounds the Curt system will work for your setup. You also need a hitch ball with the Curt. For a 2 inch ball...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer and 3,500 Pound Travel Trailer
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Like you said the 800 to 1,200 pound system you have is rated much too high for a tongue weight of 278 pounds. I recommend a system that maxes out at 600 pounds, # 17300, so that it will be effective and...
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  • How to Determine Correct Weight Rating of Weight Distribution System
  • You are correct that a full 28-gallon water tank will weigh 233-lbs without the weight of the empty tank itself. What this actually does to your trailer tongue weight is hard to predict though since we do not know the positioning of the tank. Really the only truly good way to know is to fill the water tank, load the trailer with its expected configuration of gear and supplies and to then measure it with a tongue weight (TW) scale # 5780. Any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle...
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  • Could a Weight Distribution System be Used with 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • With a hitch installed like the Curt part # C13153 you'd have the ability to use a weight distribution system like you are interested in but you need to determine the weight of your trailer when loaded and make sure it's also under the towing capacity of your vehicle to be certain. The overall towing capacity of a vehicle is the lowest rated component in the setup. The Curt hitch I mentioned would easily be able to tow a 5,000 lb trailer if needed but you need to make sure you are under...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a Honda Ridgeline Towing Trailer with 340 lbs Tongue Weight
  • You most likely have the Curt hitch part # 13385 installed on your Honda Ridgeline which has a tongue weight capacity of up to 600 lbs when used with a weight distribution system. The Curt Trunnion Kit part # 17300 would be a great choice as it has a tongue weight capacity of up to 600 lbs. Which when you factor in that loaded tongue weight also considers the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle as tongue weight you would most likely need the additional capacity....
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  • Curt Weight Distribution for a 2007 Honda Pilot and Forest River Shamrock Trailer
  • You can use a weight distribution hitch with your 2007 Honda Pilot provided that the hitch is rated for use with weight distribution (should be a sticker on the hitch with this information) and that the weight distribution system is set up properly to avoid reducing handling, stability, and braking performance. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded...
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  • How Many Spring Bars Come with Replacement Curt Spring Bars C17309
  • The part # C17309 is an individual spring bar for the part # 17300. If you needed both you would need to order a quantity of 2.
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  • Curt Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 525 lbs of Tongue Weight
  • 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 is...
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  • Do Trailer Weight Distribution System Chains have to be Straight Up and Down
  • The chains on a chain hanging weight distribution system such as # 17300 really do need to be straight up and down or the system will be ineffective. What I recommend is a system that bolts to the sides of the frame so that it will not interfere with anything mounted on top of the frame. If you want to stay with the Curt system # 17300 then another option is to add brackets # C17005 which bolt to the sides of the frame. Ball 19286 also fits this system. Going with the Curt system and...
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  • How Can I Tell the Brand of My Weight Distribution Hitch Head
  • Usually there is a sticker under the ball platform part of a weight distribution head with information on it but on yours I do not see that. It looks like a Curt head though an older one, similar to what is on # 17300. Although there have been some Equal-I-Zer brand systems that look almost identical.
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  • Will a Curt Weight Distribution System Fit a Reese Pole Tongue Adapter
  • Yes, you can use Curt weight distribution system # 17300 (or another Curt system) with pole tongue adapter # RP3280. The pole tongue adapter actually accepts lift brackets from most manufacturers.
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  • 1999 Dodge Dakota Sport Sags at the Back When Towing a Trailer
  • Helper springs like Timbren # TDDR00 are designed to help keep the truck level when carrying heavy loads in the vehicle. When sag is caused by a trailer the best solution is weight distribution otherwise you are putting extra stress on the trailer. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded...
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  • Compatibility of Curt Weight Distribution System with 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • If you don't yet have a trailer hitch on your 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, then I recommend you start with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13153. This custom fit hitch has a 2 inch receiver compatible with your weight distribution system. The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank # 17300 you mentioned is able to handle any total tongue weights up to 600 lbs. That total tongue weight as you stated includes your loaded trailer tongue weight as well as any cargo behind...
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  • How to Determine Trailer Tongue Weight
  • There are a few ways that you can determine the trailer tongue weight once it is loaded and ready to tow. The best way would be to use a tongue weight scale, # 5780, for the most accurate reading. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, but not always. So if an estimate will not do using a scale or one of the methods in the link I have included would be the way to go. Determining tongue weight is a little different when choosing weight distribution...
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  • Can You Reverse With The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System Part # 17300
  • Generally speaking, it is recommend that you remove the spring bars from a weight distribution system such as the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System part # 17300 while in reverse. This is due to the fact the the spring bars will not have enough room to pivot in the head while turning in reverse. However, this will only occur while reversing with the trailer at an angle. As long as you remain in a straight line, you will not need to remove the spring bars in order to reverse...
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  • Weight Distribution System for 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Pulling 25-foot Travel Trailer
  • In order to use a weight distribution system on your FJ Cruiser its hitch will have to specifically be rated for use with such systems. This will be indicated on its safety/warning sticker. All three of the hitches we offer for your FJ can be seen on the link provided and all are rated for use with weight distribution which gives them a maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) capacity of 6000-lbs. I was able to verify the 5000-lb maximum tow rating for your FJ Cruiser. This 5000-lb vehicle...
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