Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 800 TW, 8,000 GTW

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 800 TW, 8,000 GTW

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  • WD Only
  • 700 lbs
  • Curt
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Includes Shank
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible
  • Standard Duty
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, 800 TW, 8,000 GTW part number 17301 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Weight Distribution - 17301

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: 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"
  • Bar length: 30-5/8"
  • Maximum drop: 1/2"
  • Maximum rise: 7-1/2"
  • Will not fit trailer frames wider than 2-3/4"
  • 1-Year warranty


Included w/ 17301Required - 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.



17301 Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - Trunnion Bar



17301 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 17301 Installation instructions



Customer Reviews

Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, 800 TW, 8,000 GTW - 17301

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (10 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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Works as expected...great value!!! 547870



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The product was received in good order and went together with the instructions. the product was put on a 2009 Yukon Denali and a 2017 24' Sportsman Travel Trailer. There are some questions about the tightening instructions of some bolts which I will call about. 453511


Comments

Les,Thank you for your review. I contacted Curt for you. I have sent you an email with the specs needed. I hope this clears it up for you. The engineering department at Curt is working on getting the instructions fixed.

-- Heather A - 11/20/2017

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System works well for my 7000lb trailer. Am happy with the product and it was a good price. 433101



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I've been using WD hitches for almost 20 years. The Curt WD hitch is solid, sturdy, and simple to set up. I prefer the trunnion style and use a sway brake, also. This setup has never failed, regardless of the abuse it's subjected to. 391273


Comments

I couldnt be happier with this hitch. It has performed exactly as expected, no complications whatsoever.

Matthew R - 06/11/2018

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Fast shipping, great hitch, easy to install, remember to be patient when adjusting the first time. I shoulda measured for trunnion bar length before ordering. I needed the 28" not the standard 30". I've ordered from etrailer twice, and am very happy with their service. Will definitely order more in the future. 356516


Comments

Fantastic hitch, worth every penny. You might need longer safety chains due to the added length.

David T - 03/20/2018

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Haven't tried it out yet but shipping was very fast. Will order from etrailer again. 322374



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I don't have anything to compare it to - bought this before we even towed for the first time, but it seems to be doing what it's supposed to do! No problems with installation or usage to report. Very pleased. 282984



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Although it took five days for my order to arrive, even though I paid an extra 14.95 for two day shipping, two of the five days were weekend days. My order was intact and in perfect condition. High quality and priced right. Very satisfied with etrailer. I will buy from them again. 266081



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I have had my equalizing hitch for about a year now, and I have been very satisfied with this product. My hitch arrived as scheduled and in good condition. it was fairly easy to install (though I admittedly had help from my father-in-law!), and it is simple to hook up to my camper and truck. Prior to owning this hitch, my camper/truck would sag where they connected, and would cause extra stress on my brakes, causing the discs to overheat. My rig now sits much more evenly, and I have noticed a big difference in the amount of heat that is generated by my brakes. I am very happy with this purchase! 258658



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real fast in getting here......the box was in excellent condition 157492


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  • Where Exactly on Trailer Frame Do Weight Distribution Lift Brackets Attach
  • The installation instrucutions of many of the weight distribution systems will tell you how far back on the trailer frame the lift brackets would attach. For instance, with the Curt # 17301, the bracket would attach approximately 30 inches rearward of the trailer ball center line. The similar Reese # RP66541 would have the lift bracket at the same 30 inch mark. Rather than hunting around for a system with bars of a certain bar length, I'd recommend you simply use bolt on brackets...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System For Lance 1575 Trailer With 600 Lbs Tongue Weight
  • For your Lance 1575 Trailer, I recommend the Curt Weight Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System with Shank, part # 17301. This is a trunnion style system that can work with a trailer with up to 800 lbs tongue weight. This system comes with the shank that fits 2 inch receivers and has a maximum rise of 6 inches to the maximum drop of 2 inches. since the brackets slip over the top of the frame, you should have no problem attaching the brackets that the chains attach to. I have attached...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a North Trail 22FBS
  • 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 like you mentioned. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle, but it does not include factory equipment like the spare tire. 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...
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  • Comparing Curt # C17331 Short-Arm vs # 17301 Standard Length Spring Bar Weight Distribution Systems
  • The only difference between the Curt # C17331 and the # 17301 weight distribution systems is the length of the spring bars. The Short-Arm system is designed for trailers that have batteries or propane tanks on the trailer tongue, where there is a limited amount of space on the frame member. Either system is designed for trailers whose total tongue weight (trailer tongue weight plus weight of cargo in truck bed or SUV cargo area behind rear axle) doesn't exceed 800 lbs. A better performing...
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  • How to Pick Out a Weight Distribution System for a 1996 Mallard by Fleetwood
  • 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 an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. Once you know your tongue weight we can make the best possible recommendation. But most likely it's pretty low and would between 350-500 lbs. So a system like the part # RP66082...
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  • Can I Back Up with the Curt Weight Distribution System part # 17301
  • The Curt Weight Distribution System part # 17301 that you referenced would allow you to back up in the situations you described. You will want to avoid tight jack-knife like situations though. In those situations you would want to remove the spring bars. Even more so that goes for the Friction Sway Control part # 83660 you are interested in using as well. If you are backing up basically straight you would be okay, but if it gets tight you would want to remove this unit as well until...
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  • Will The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System # 17301 Help When Towing A 30 Foot Camper
  • The Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System, 800 TW, 8,000 GTW, part # 17301, is capable of tongue weights up to 800 lbs and a gross towing weight capacity of 8,000 lbs. To choose the correct weight distribution system for your trailer you will need to determine the tongue weight of your 30 foot camper. The tongue weight is calculated as 10 to 15 per cent of the overall trailer weight. Then, add any weight that is behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle to your tongue weight...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2015 Toyota Tundra and 5,000 Pound Utility Trailer
  • Weight distribution should be used if the trailer weighs at least 50 percent of the vehicle's gross weight or if the coupled trailer causes the vehicle to sag at the back. Also, the best solution for sag caused by a coupled trailer is weight distribution and not air bags. Air bags and other helper springs are designed for loads carried in the truck bed. You will not get the full benefits of either system if you used both at the same time. To choose a weight distribution system you will...
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  • Does Curt Weight Distribution Come with a Pole Tongue Adapter
  • Weight distribution systems including # 17301 do not come with a pole tongue adapter but we do have them available separately. If you go with a chain hanging system like 17301 then you can use pole tongue adapter # RP3280. However the adapter is rated for 7,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 750 pounds tongue weight so you are limited to that. If you are talking about the shank that the head mounts to, yes, it is included. If you need more capacity you could go with adapter # RP58393...
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  • Measurements Needed To Determine Best Weight Distribution System For Towing
  • For a correct measurement you need to measure the distance from the ground to the top of the receiver opening on your vehicle. You then need to measure the height from the ground to the bottom of your coupler on your trailer when the trailer is level and on level ground. You want to keep the system as level as possible and can use an adjustable shank to be able to tow your trailer level. If your trailer weighs more than 50 percent of the weight of your towing vehicle it is always...
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  • Are Air Springs or Weight Distribution Better for Towing 31-foot Travel Trailer with 2011 Tundra
  • Rear axle suspension kits such as air bag or rubber jounce helper springs are best suited for applications with heavy (and/or uneven) cargo loads in the truck bed, while a weight distribution/sway control system will be a better option for towing a bumper-pull travel trailer. A properly chosen weight distribution setup, such as the Curt trunnion bar system # 17301 that you referenced, will help correct for rear-end squat by moving some of the trailer's tongue weight forward onto the Tundra's...
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  • Curt Weight Distribution and Sway Control for a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 and 4,400 Pound 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. Trailer tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. For a trailer weighing 4,400 pounds that would be 440 to 660 pounds. Curt system # C17422 is rated too high for this tongue...
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  • Curt Weight Distribution and Shank Recommendation for Setup that Requires 6 inches of Drop
  • For a shank to use with the Curt Weight Distribution system part # 17301 that can do 6 inches of drop you would want the part # C17122. For a 2 inch ball you would want part # A-90 or for a 2-5/16 inch ball # 19286. For a friction sway control unit you would need the part # 17200. Our most popular set of wheel chocks is the part # AM3620.
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Notes: this item was damaged during shipping parts missing. u bolts and hardware as well as the drop down hitch attachement.

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