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Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW

Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW

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Why would I buy this?

  • Great for V-nose trailers because the short arms don't need as much clearance along the frame as standard arms do
  • Mounting points on both sides of head let you add on two friction sway controls, if needed
  • Trunnion bars offer more ground clearance than round bars

Why wouldn't I buy this?

  • Chains don't provide much tension or stability, so this won't do anything to keep your trailer in line
  • And there's no sway control included either
  • You'll need to buy the hitch ball separately
Perfect for your short-tongue trailer, this heavy-duty 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 hitch from Curt. Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW part number C17333 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - C17333

  • WD Only
  • Bar Style
  • 1100 lbs
  • 1200 lbs
  • 1300 lbs
  • 1400 lbs
  • Includes Shank
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible
  • Curt

Perfect for your short-tongue trailer, this heavy-duty 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
    • Bars are shorter than those in standard systems to accommodate your short-tongue trailer
  • 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: 1,500 lbs
  • Maximum gross towing weight: 15,000 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"
  • Spring-bar length: 28-3/8"
  • 1-Year warranty


Included w/ C17333 Required - Sold Separately Optional 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.



17333 Curt Weight Distribution Hitch - Short Trunnion

Installation Details C17333 Installation instructions



Video of Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW

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Customer Reviews

Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW - C17333

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (42 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for your short-tongue trailer, this heavy-duty 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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Heavy duty kit. Worked well with addition to airbags on Durango to pull a 24' race trailer. Like the bars, much better than the round bars I had previously. Handles better also. 756777



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Hitch has performed well, would purchase again. 463231



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Great Product, and Service. 321962



- C17333
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Great price, really good quality hitch. Seems like the best hitch for the money 283627



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Product is exactly as described. Great customer service and extremely fast shipping. 123142



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This is a serious hitch if you are needing one that allows for up to1,500lb.tongue weight. The build quality is very good and it fits our trailer which due to the V- Nose has limited space for the traditional longer trunnion spring arms. We also like the spacers that are used to position the head for placement of the spring arms. Unlike the head locks on most hitches, there is absolutely no way for this to slip or move after it is adjusted. We have no doubts that we will get years of service from it. Thank you etrailer.com! 107566


Comments
That hitch has been great! Our approximate 7,000lb., 27 ft. enclosed race car hauling trailer, is now very stable. With the bars and hitch we were using, which were much to small, it was a real handful, now you hardly know it is back there!Great piece of equipment!
Orville B - 11/17/2014

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- C17322
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


have has this hitch for over a year now and have had zero issues. It is used exclusively to pull my 28 foot travel trailer. Heavy duty and easy to use. 504477



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Ordered a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Hitch arrived on time and in good condition. Installation went well, and the hitch works perfectly. Very pleased. 604101



- C17322
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I had an L shaped weight distribution hitch before I bought this Curt model from E trailer.If you the coop ape the two the older one wS easier to operate. The Pins that lock the chain brackets in please are difficult to remove and adding wd40 does not help also this new one seems to be lower to the ground,, making me bend over and sometimes or even get to my knees to hook it up .My wife used to be able to help me with the older one the new one she is not able so I do both sides myself . Also the part that connects to the truck you need to hold it sideways then flip the the release up and maneuver it he top 2 tabs into place , lot more work than the L shaped one I had. It’s ok otherwise. 615701



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Received full product as described. Box arrived in rough shape but product is fine and complete. I am very happy. 479228


Comments
Great
Art T - 02/26/2019

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- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I had a fastway e2 trunnion 12k pound hitch and hated it. It was great if you didnt need much pressure on the bars and always hooked up while on flat even ground. Most times I had to use a 3 foot prybar to get the weight transfer bars off the trailer and a 3 foot cheater bar to get the bars on!!! This 15k pound hitch from curt is great!!!! The welds could be better (pretty picky I'm a fabricator by trade) but nothing beats this style hitch. It may take an extra step if you want the friction brake but it is worth it. I run 2 friction brakes as I have a 38ft travel trailer and is pretty much a giant sail. The trunnion hitch couldn't handle that camper in the wind and there wasnt a way to adjust the bars for a windy day. but this hitch with 2 brakes works great. Dont always need 2 brakes but I like the option for when its windy out and we have a 2 hour drive on the expressway!!! 610729



- C17322
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Like your product, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. This is the second one we bought and both were delivered in broken damaged boxes. Luckily all the parts were there. Thanks for the quick delivery. 643252



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I’m using this hitch on a two axle 20 ft car hauler that has a bit too much tongue weight when carrying a full size pickup. It works perfectly for this & is quick & east to remove & install. 635286



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I purchased this to pull a small trailer with our 2014 Ford Explorer. I cannot express what an improvement this made in the handling characteristics. I would never not use one again. 623126



- C17322
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I’ve used this hitch as and RV Transporter for a year now and this is a great weight distribution hitch at a great price! 591852



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Very satisfied with the product and the service. 492066



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Product arrived intact with all parts. No complaints with item, though have not used yet. Excellent support through etrailer.com. 447556



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Your equipment is the best easy to install and looks good. Took all the movement out of the car trailer. I haul a 18 foot car trailer loaded to the max. 387113



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


It works great for towing the camper 379317



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


I have done business with etrailer before and always have had excellent service. This particular time I had an issue with ordering and Troy was very helpful in resolving the problem and my Weight distribution hitch arrived two days later. I also had some questions which the experts at etrailer answered quickly. I have installed the hitch but have not traveled with a loaded trailer but do not expect any issues. 369956



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Works better than expected 368963



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Great weight distribution hitch and sway control bar. Drove from Texas to Alaska with ease and no issue. Love this hitch 355392



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Got exactly what I ordered. Product is good quality and should work to satisfaction! 340402



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


This is an outstanding weight distribution system. I am fully pleased with it. I use it for towing my 2016 Grand Design 327RLTS. The tongue weight is rated at 1150lbs. I am certain it's closer to 1450lbs, but for this system it's no problem at all. I have no complaints and for the price it was the best buy on the web. Thanks. 333623



- C17422
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Review from a similar Curt Short-Arm in Weight Distribution Hitch


Shipment was faster than promised and produce was exactly as described. Perfect!! 325270


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Weight Distribution Hitch

  • Weight Distribution System For Hauling a Dump Trailer
    In order to choose the best weight distribution hitch, you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. To determine TW you can use a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining TW I've linked for you. The ideal system would be one in which your TW would fall somewhere...
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  • Curt Short-Arm VS Regular Weight Distribution System Spring Bar Length
    The standard spring bar length for Curt trunnion bar weight distribution systems is 30-5/8 inches. Anything that has 28-3/8 inch long bars is a short bar system even if it does not explicitly state it. What you might be able to do is use chain hangers # C17005 in place of the brackets that mount on the trailer. These hangers will mount to the sides of the frame so provided that the sides of the frame are clear you can use these hangers. The other option is to replace the system you...
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  • Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System Comparison
    The spring bars of the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution Systems # C17422 and # C17333 both measure 28-3/8 inches. The difference between these two weight distribution systems is that # C17422 is equipped with sway control and also comes with a hitch ball. With the # C17333 system there is no sway control device and you will need to purchase a hitch ball separately # A-90. I have attached a Help Article titled "Common Weight Distribution and Sway Control Questions" for you as well.
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  • Can You Back Up when Towing with Curt Weight Distribution System # C17333
    Yes, there are no backing up restrictions with Curt Weight Distribution System # C17333. The only other part needed with this system is a ball. Use # 63840 for a 2-5/16 inch ball. I also recommend Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity Item # 5780 to ensure that you always know your tongue weight!
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  • Distance from Ball to End of Chain Bracket on Curt Short Arm Weight Distribution System # C17333
    On Curt weight distribution system # C17333 from the center of the ball cavity in the trailer coupler to the far edge of a chain hanging bracket it is 30-5/8 inches. It sounds like this will work out for you since you are looking for less than 32 inches. The only other part needed is a properly sized ball. For a 2-5/16 inch ball use # 19286. For a 2 inch ball use # A-90.
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  • Will Curt Short Arm Weight Distribution # C17333 Work on Dutchman Coleman 28BHWE
    I looked up the specs on the Dutchman Coleman 28BHWE and the unloaded tongue weight looks to be 857 lbs so when the trailer is loaded it would pretty easily get to be above 1,000 lbs (especially when you consider that weight behind rear axle of tow vehicle counts as tongue weight as well) so the Curt Short Arm kit part # C17333 that you referenced would fit and work well.
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  • Weight Distribution System Compatible with 2018 Jayco Octane 273 Travel Trailer
    Your 2018 Jayco Octane 237 does not require the short bar length of 28-5/8 inches the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank # C17333 you referenced offers. However, it will also not be an issue. I recommend hitch ball # 19286 with this hitch for a 2-5/16 inch ball to match your coupler. If you want a weight distribution system that also has integrated sway control, I recommend the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System w/ Active Sway Control # C17501 which will also...
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  • Can a 2-5/16" Hitch Ball be Used with the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System # C17333
    Yes, you can install a 2-5/16" hitch ball on the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System # C17333. All that is required is that the shank have a diameter of 1-1/4" like the Draw-Tite 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # 19286 had. The shank of the system fits a 2" trailer hitch receiver which is where you are getting that information from. Essentially any hitch ball with a 1-1/4" diameter shank can be installed on this weight distribution system.
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  • Length of Bars on Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System
    The Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution Systems have trunnion bars which measure 28-3/8 inches, according to the manufacturer; this is quite a bit shorter than the 33 inch trunnion bars on the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution # RP66073, for example. The Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System comes with a number of different tongue weight options which I'll list so you can choose the correct one. - Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Shank - Trunnion Bar - 6,000 lbs...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 9,000 Pound Trailer and 2000 Ford Excursion
    Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 750 lbs TW # PS49902 is very much under rated for the tongue weight of your trailer. Considering that your measured tongue weight is 1,044 without water and other things even the 1,200 pound system # PS49904 might not be enough once loaded and ready to tow. I recommend going to a 1,500 pound system such as Curt Weight Distribution System # C17333. The only other part needed is a ball. The ball you...
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  • Drop Shank Recommendation for Lifted Truck Using Weight Distribution
    For a lifted truck you will need a drop shank like the part # C17125 to use a weight distribution system like part # C17333 and still tow the trailer level. You didn't say how much drop you would need but to determine that you will need to measure from the top of the hitch opening down to the ground and then measure from the bottom of the coupler on the trailer when it is sitting level down to the ground. The difference between those two dimensions is the amount of drop you would need. The...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 10-Foot Dump Trailer with a GVW of 11,000-lbs
    Weight distribution systems are meant to be "tuned" for a specific trailer tongue weight. This is because in order to do their job - pushing trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the truck's front axle - the system's spring bars have to have the correct stiffness. Systems too light for the TW load can't push the weight forward; systems too stiff will result in jumpy handling from the trailer. Since your trailer TW will vary you'll need to choose a system rated correctly for your trailer's...
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  • Rear Air Bag Helper Springs for a 2014 Ram 1500 4x4
    If the rear end of your 2014 Ram 1500 sags when the trailer is coupled then weight distribution would be the ideal solution. It is also recommended if the trailer weighs at least 50 percent of the gross vehicle weight which is true for your application. You can use air bag helper springs if you want but I recommend weight distribution. Air Lift springs # AL60818 are the right ones for your 2014 Ram 1500 4x4. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. If...
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  • Curt Trunnion Weight Distribution System Recommend V-Nose Trailer with 1,100 lbs Tongue Weight
    For V-nose trailer you have to use a set of bolt-on chain hangers. This allows the brackets to install on the frame underneath the V-nose of the trailer without requiring clearance above the frame. If you went with a Curt system like what you referenced you would want the part # C17005, or if you went with a Reese system you would need part # RP58305. Since your tongue weight is 1,100 lbs the # C17332 that you referenced would not be the correct system to use since it is for a 1,000...
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  • How to Pick Out Weight Distribution System When Carrying Truck Bed Camper
    Your best solution for determine the loaded tongue weight is going to be to contact the manufacturer of your camper and ask them how much weight of the camper is going to end up behind the rear axle. If the camper weighs 4,000 lbs in the be of your truck you could be looking at a wide range of tongue weight to consider. The tongue weight capacity of the SuperTruss Extension would not need to consider the tongue weight added by the camper, but when picking out a weight distribution system...
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  • Can Reese Dual Cam Sway Control be Used with Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System
    The Reese Dual Cam High-Performance Sway Control # RP26002 is only compatible with weight distribution systems that have cam-style spring bars so it will not work on your Curt Short-Arm System # C17333. Instead use a bar-style like the Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200. Unfortunately, this style needs to be disconnected when backing up.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System With Shorter Spring Bars for V-Nose Trailer
    I've got good news for you. Curt offers a few Trunnion Bar Short Arm weight distribution systems that are purposely designed for V-Nose trailers with limited access to the trailer tongue. If you were needing a system rated for a maximum 6000 lb trailer/600 lb tongue weight like the Reese # RP65509 you'd looked at, the # C17330 would work great for you. A trunnion system offers increased ground clearance compared to a round bar system like the Reese. If you drive a truck or a full size...
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  • Where Does Max Towing/Tongue Ratings for Bolt On Curt Chain Hangers Come From
    We had received that info directly from one of our Curt contacts. When I reached out to see where that max weight rating comes from my contact said the 15,000 lbs towing/1,500 lbs tongue weight ratings for the Chain Hangers # C17005 come from the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution (WD) # C17333 being the highest rated system they have. They have tested and approved it to work with all of their WD systems and since the highest rated WD from Curt is 15,000 lbs towing/ 1,500 lbs tongue this...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for Trailer that Weighs 10,000 lbs with V-Nose
    Since your trailer has a V-nose where most of the frame is under the trailer you'll need to use a set of bolt on brackets for the chain hangers like the # C17005. 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....
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  • Curt Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 30 ft Airstream 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 an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. If when your setup is loaded and ready to tow the tongue weight is below 1,000 lbs then yes, the # C17322 would be an excellent choice for you. But until you get an exact...
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  • Weight Distribution Shank Recommendation for Towing with Lifted Suspension Vehicle
    For lifted vehicles we have the drop weight distribution shank part # C17125 or part # C17132 to allow the trailer to be towed level. The part # C17125 can do a drop of up to 13-3/4 inches and the # C17132 can do a drop up to 8 inches. What's great about these shanks is that not only do they fit the Curt weight distribution systems like what you have but they also fit other brands as well since they are all made to the same dimensions.
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