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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

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  • WD Only
  • 700 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. Includes round, forged steel spring bars and an adjustable shank. Hitch ball sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best weight distribution from Curt. Curt MV Weight Distribution System - Round Bar - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW part number C17051 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Weight Distribution - C17051

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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: 7"
  • 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



C17051 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C17051 Installation instructions



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


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




Video Transcript for Curt Weight Distribution System Installation - 2003 Ford F-250

Today, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Round Bar Weight Distribution System. This is part number C17051. It's going to offer up to an 8,000-pound gross trailer weight rating and an 800-pound tongue weight rating. Now, before we get our weight distribution setup installed, we're going to take a quick lap by the camera, so you can see where we've got that rear end of the truck pitching down as well as the camper pointing down. This will be alleviated once we have the weight distribution setup installed. Here's what the weight distribution setup looks like when we get it installed and ready to head down the road. We've got the nice heavy duty round forged spring bars here.

These are going to transfer the weight going through the head back up into our tow vehicle and also back into our trailer to give us a nice level, smooth ride. Now, that's going to improve handling, and it's also going to improve stability while we're going down the road. As an added feature, we have better braking on the front because the pressure is pushed back down on our front tires from this transfer of weight, and we're also limiting the amount of wear and tear and excessive force that we'll put on that rear axle. Now, we're going to have everything we need to get this set up with the exception of the ball. You'll need an 1-1/4-inch ball that matches your trailer coupler, is going to be the only requirement there. We've got our powder coated shank that comes out, goes into our head assembly and powder coated springs bars here, so we know we're going to get a lot of good service out of it.

We're not going to have to worry about rust and corrosion. We've got 2 bolts here on the side. These can easily be backed out to change our head position to tune in the head, so we have an appropriate downward angle as you see here, downward towards the trailer or downward towards the ground towards our trailer. Right in here on the top, we're going to have a stack of washers that go onto a little pin that slides in. That's going to keep that spacing, so we won't have to worry about adjusting it every time we want to hook up our trailer. Once we've established how many we need here, then we'll tighten up our set bolt at the bottom.

It just keeps everything held in place. That way we won't have to worry about it coming loose or moving on us in between hookups. Now, here you can see our chain that comes up from the spring bars. We're going to have several links there. Each link is going to help us fine-tune the system. Now, when we get into the install portion, you'll see how all this goes together nicely and how we have a bar that's actually going to aid us in our lift brackets here to get some good tension put on our chain.

Now, here you can see we're going to have 1 here on the passenger side and in the same spot on the driver side our grease inaudible 00:02:43, so we can easily service our arms and keep the proper amount of lubrication in there, so we don't have to worry about it drying up. Now, we're going to get a few measurements with our system hooked up here without the weight distribution. Get one right off the rear bumper of the truck. It's going to be about 26-1/2 inches, and I'd also like to measure right down here on the bottom of the frame. That gives use about 12-3/4. Now, we're also going to get a measurement right here where that chrome meets the black on our front bumper here. That's about 25-1/8 of an inch. Now, to being our installation, we're going to go ahead and uncouple the trailer and move the truck forward a few feet to give us some room to work there in the ball mount area. Now, we're going to place a level on the bottom of our trailer here so we can level it up. Now, you can use a level up on the tongue. Just make sure your tongue doesn't have a little bit of a pitch to it or that it doesn't rise up or have any adjustments. You can see right now we're just a little bit off, so we'll use that jack to adjust it. We want our trailer sitting perfectly level. Let's get another measurement here, and we'll discover that we're right at about 15 inches, so we actually had about 2-1/4 inches worth of drop just here at the tongue of the trailer. Let's go ahead and measure up the truck and see what kind of differences we had there. Again, about 2 inches. Now, here at the front we're going to be about 24-1/2, so this has actually come down about 5/8 of an inch. What we're going to try to do is we put our weight distribution setup is get these numbers right back where they started. One more important measurement we're going to need is from the top of the ball coupler here to the ground. It's going to come out to be about 21 inches. Now, we've got our shank that's ready to go in the receiver tube. We've got 2 options. One's going to be our standard upright option, which is going to be just like this, or there is the inverted option where we'll rotate it over like this. Now, if we do it this way, of course, we might have some ground clearance issues on any of vehicles that might be a little shorter, so let's try it in the upright position first, see if we can get the appropriate ball height there. We're going to secure this in place with the provided pin and clip. Then, we can get the actual head assembly. Now, we're going to place in a ball that is, of course, the same size as our trailer coupler and that it has the weight rating that we need to get everything to go. Now, this one the customer brought in he wanted to use. This is a 1-inch shank. If you're dealing with a 1-inch shank, you can see the little bushing that we're going to have to add on there to fill up the gaping in our hole. If you got the 1-1/4-inch shank, then you won't have to have that in place. Let's go ahead and place that in. It may be easier for you. As you can see, I just placed the head on the shank and turned it sideways. It gives us a good area to crank everything down with. Then, of course, we want to check the instructions that come with the ball mount, and we want to get this torque down to the proper specification. Now, we're going to position our ball mount height, and we'll get that marked on there. We'll do is just take 1 of the large bolts. We're going to place it through the lower hole in both the head, the shank, and it'll come out the other side, and we can just allow it to rest there now. Place the other pin in there just to hold it. Let's get a measurement on it. We want to be around 21 inches. Right now, it looks like we're at about 25-1/4, so we can check the next adjustment down, but I don't think that's going to be enough. Yeah. That's about 24, so what we need to do, we need to go ahead and invert our main shank here. Pull the head off; it'll be easier to do. We're getting closer; that one's at 22. Let's go down 1 more. There we go, 21 inches, so let's mark that, figure out what hole that's going to be. Our second hole location here. Let's keep that mind. Not the bottom one, but this one here for our bottom hole on our head. Now, we're going to take the small silver pin. We're going to place 6 flat washers on it as the instructions indicate. We'll place that right into the back of the head. Right here, we can see an unthreaded hole. It's going to slide right in there just like that. Now, we'll put the head back on our shank in the position that we've marked, thread our nylon locking nut on there just finger tight for now. We'll grab our other large bolt, 1 of the conical tooth washers. Now, it's important to note we want the teeth of the washer to face in towards the head of the weight distribution setup just like that, put 1 on the other side, again, facing in. We just thread on our nylon locking nut onto that one. Now, the pin with the washers that we added we want to raise on the head until that makes contact with the shank. Now, we'll go ahead and tighten the small 5/8 bolt up down here. As we do, it's going to pivot our head up, and we want the pin that we just placed our washers on to be snuggly up against the shank. We're not going to over-tighten up, just enough to get it holding our pin in place. You see still a little bit of room, so we want a little bit more. There we go. Now, we'll tighten this down further later. We just want it to hold everything nice and snug as we see it there. You can see here that our chains are connected to the end of our spring bars using a U-bolt. That U-bolt is going to have a flat washer on the top side and also a lock nut. We want to make sure we have at least 3 threads showing on the bottom of each one, but you want it to be so that it does free to move and our chain can move freely without being bound up. Once we've got that set, we'll focus on the other end of the spring bar here, and we're going to add some heavy fibrous grease is what it says in the instructions. Basically, that means axle grease. We're not looking to fill the entire head with grease or anything like that. We just want to get a good coating on here. We can always service it or add more grease with the grease fitting that's on the outside. Once we've got that greased up and slide it up in the head til we hear it click into place just like that. Let's get our other side taken care of. You can see they've got a nice downward angle to them just like our head. We want our head to be slightly tilted away from our vehicle as we've got it now. If your head at this point is still flat and your spring bars don't have that drop, that's when you'll be adding in another washer there behind our pin, but everything looks really good now. Now, let's go ahead and hook up our trailer. Now, we're going to use the jack, and we'll lift our coupler and our truck up about 3 inches. Now, we can take out lift brackets. We'll loosen up the bolt that's on the back to give us a large enough space for our trailer frame to fit down into . or forward to fit down over our trailer frame. Now, we'll take the chain from our spring bar. We're going to lift that straight up and down just like that, and we want to adjust our brackets, which luckily enough is right up against the propane tank on this particular application, so we're straight up and down with our U-bolt straight up to the center of our lift bracket. Now, we'll tighten down that bolt in the back til it makes contact, and we want to go one quarter of a turn from there, so I'm going to go from the wrench being at the 3:00 position til it gets to the 1:00 position just like that. That's all the more tension that we need to put on those. We don't want to get these too tight because then we'll start deforming our brackets. Now, remember we still have the back of our truck and the tongue of our trailer lifted slightly while coupled. Let's go ahead and figure out which spring bar chain we're going to use here, which link on our spring bar we're going to use. We need to have at least 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 down. Okay. We don't want to hook up to that 5th one. We have to have at least 5 of those down, so that's going to leave us the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th to select from. Let's see. We'll start with the 8th one here. That'll leave 1 hanging down, bring our bracket down. There's a little catch in there on this front side that'll help hold that chain place. Looks like that's still pretty loose. Even though we do have pressure off of it, it seems like it's still pretty loose, so let's go to that 7th chain link. We'll leave 2 hanging. That'll give us 7. We've got, pull it up just a little to hold the chain in place and then we'll use our spring bar tool just to get it just like that. You can see now we got pretty good tension on our chains there. Let's take 1 of our clips and slide it in right here on the side, and that'll keep that from backing out while we're heading down the road. Now, I'm going to use the exact same link over on the other side, and I'll get it drawn up as well. Now, let's lower this down taking all the tension off of our jack or putting tension on our weight distribution setup here. All right. It'll have all the weight off the jack. All right. Looks like we're about 27-1/2 here. We started at 28-1/4, so we're still about 3/4 of an inch low in the rear. Now, our front's pretty close there. It looks like we're about 24-1/2. If you remember, we came up to about 25-1/8. Since we're pretty close here, we're just about dead on here. We're still 3/4 low on the back. We're going to go ahead and get more link of chain, bring it up just a little more and put a little more weight distribution effect. All right. Let's make our adjustment here. We're going to lift the trailer tongue back up, of course, to take the load off of our weight distribution system. We'll place our bar on, pull out, and then we just want to hold up as that comes down. We we're on the 7th one. We're going to try the 6th one and see how that lines up with everything. There we go. Perfect. Now, we're about 28, so we're still about a 1/4 inch low here on the rear. That's right within that 1/2-inch specification that we're going to have. We can check out the front. Here in the front, you can see we're still maybe 1/16 shy of 24-1/2 but should be ideal. Now, we're also going to take a look at the level that we've got on the trailer, make sure our trailer's still sitting level. With our truck back near its factory ride height and our trailer level, we're ready to torque down the weight distribution system. Now, we'll snug down our 3/4-inch bolts, and we can torque them down to specification. We'll also torque down the 5/8 bolt here on the bottom side. Now, with everything connected properly and torqued down, that's going to complete today's installation of the Curt Weight Distribution System, part number C17051, on our 2003 Ford F250.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (43 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.

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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. Rodney 193812


Comments

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.

George J - 06/07/2016

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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. 200956


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One year later, and still completely satisfied

Ben - 06/04/2016

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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. 389509



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Wow! Got that in 2 days! Thanks! 639896



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Only gave it 4 because I just got it and won't be setting it up real soon, but took the parts out of the box and it's all there and seems easy enough to set up. 576636



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Great product, perfect fit for my application. Easy to level truck and travel easily. couldn't be more pleased. Thanks e trailer. James 569243



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Great stuff works great thanks, good service and video on installation 558006



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Exactly what I needed. Arrived in a timely manner. Thank you for the good service. 544264



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Had it a year and has performed adequately. Easy to hook up and easy to disconnect. Definitely would recommend! 526353



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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.. 525521



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etrailer.com 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. 499141



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hitch works great on my single axel tt 487063



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hitch works great on my single axel tt 487132



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good product.easy set up, makes my silverado ride great.e trailer is great place to purchase items for r v 472055


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

RL - 02/01/2019

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Order parts they showed up in two days. Great service. 452177



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Works well, I use it for a Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling a dump trailer. Well built and easy to assemble. 448722



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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. 438189


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

RJ - 10/05/2018

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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. 420480


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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.

John B - 08/15/2018

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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. 415019



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Install was a breeze. Took it out for a trial run. No bouncing. Great results. 408455



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The weight distribution hitch works great. It was easy to install. 387487



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Great price, great product. 358721



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Excellent quality,works well. 325555



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The unit performs as stated. No problems, no issues. 317044



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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. 313864



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So far this product is great. 295017


Comments

After a year this product is great. It is easy to use and handles well while pulling my trailer. Thanks for the follow up.

Gary H - 09/15/2017

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I've only used it maybe ten times but looks well built and has worked perfectly. It's easy to setup and instructions are clear 273668



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I ordered this item on a weekend. I am impressed with the service I received! I received order confirmation, shipping information, and was able to watch routing. I received my order quickly. This is a first class operation and I would definitely use them in the future! The item was exactly as presented and I'm very happy with it. 269899


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The quality of the hitch is great. Expect that it will give years of service with no problems

Brett - 07/12/2017

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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. 261625


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

Timothy E - 06/15/2017

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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. 260345



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Thanks,, perfect fit 257443



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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. 255245



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Good quality. EXCELLENT shipping. Easy transaction. Information was provided all through the purchase to the delivery. 244069



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Good product. The chains could have been a little longer. 231739



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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. 227308



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ok 225564


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Working well. Other folks have used it in equal fashion.

steven m - 09/13/2016

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Easy install...Watch the U tube video it explains it all... Fast shipping too...Thanks 223314



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Came quick, easy install and works grea t. 220631



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Package arrived a little beat up on the outside but all was well inside. Parts appear well made. Directions are clear and straight-forward. I'll install shortly. 220147


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One year later, several camping trips with the trailer, no problems.

Rob - 08/18/2016

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Great product, good price, quick shopping. Would not hesitate to purchase again. 218589



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I HAVE NOT USED THE ITEM YET BUT HAD THE SAME UNIT MANY YEARS AGO. THE QUALITY APPEARS TO BE MUCH IMPROVED OVER THE PREVIOUS VERSION I HAD. 208031



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The price was great and the shipping was free and very timely. Have not had a chance to use it, yet, but can tell it is sturdy and well-built. 202819



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everything arrived quickly and all parts accounted for. thanks! 191032


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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for Trailer with 755 lb 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. For a loaded tongue weight of 755...
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  • USA Made Weight Distribution System Recommendation
  • The Equal-I-Zer brand weight distribution systems like the part # EQ37100ET are made in the USA, but the Curts you mentioned are not made in the USA.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 6300lb Trailer w/ 550lb Tongue Weight
  • Your first step in choosing a weight distribution system is to identify the tongue weight of your trailer when it's fully loaded and ready to tow. This tongue weight figure should also include the weight of anything stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. These combined figures represent the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your set-up. The TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight distribution system you choose. I've linked...
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  • How to Choose the Correct Curt MV Weight Distribution System for a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
  • The Curt MV Weight Distribution System part # C17050 could very well be correct for your utility trailer. However, in order to confirm this we would need to estimate your total tongue weight which is the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer in addition to the weight of any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. A good rule of thumb is that the tongue weight of the trailer will be around 10-15% of its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). If the above figure...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with Tongue Weight Between 600 and 800 lbs
  • 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. Based on that the part # RP66542...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan & 2000 Bantum Trail Lite Trailer
  • If you are adding the weight towards the back of the trailer then the tongue weight probably won't go too much above the 480 pounds that it is now. When determining tongue weight you also have to factor in the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. If all of that keeps the tongue weight below the capacity of Curt weight distribution system # C17051 then it will work well. You would just need to add a ball; # 40038 for a 2 inch or # C40030 for a...
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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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  • How to Pick Out a Curt Weight Distribution System for a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 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. Based on what you listed as the...
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  • 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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  • Selecting Weight Distribution Hitch for 2015 Toyota Tacoma Towing 2900-lb and 6500-lb Trailer
  • The key to choosing a weight distribution (WD) system is to know your trailer's actual fully-loaded tongue weight (TW) just as it will be when you head out. To this you need to add the weight of anything in the truck bed that sits behind the rear axle, such as a loaded cooler. Since you noted this is not usually the case with your truck then the actual measured TW of the fully-loaded trailer will give you the information you need. TW matters when choosing a WD system because you want...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended 2-Inch Hitch Ball for Curt Weight Distribution System C17051
  • The Curt Weight Distribution System # C17051 requires a hitch ball with a 1-1/4-inch diameter shank. Part # 40038 is the recommended 2-inch ball; it has a higher capacity than # A-90 that you referenced and actually costs less.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Possible Weight Distribution System for a 2006 Chevy Silverado
  • 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. Without knowing more about your...
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