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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for Trailer with GVWR of 5,200 Pounds
  • You are correct that a weight distribution system that is rated too high for what you need can cause a rough ride for you. On the other hand if it's rated too low it won't be able to do its job. If your trailer is fully loaded you'll likely have a loaded and ready to tow tongue weight between 500 and 600 pounds. You also need to add in the amount of weight behind the rear axle of your 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. With that being said you're probably looking for a system rated in the...
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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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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System Drop Shank for Pro Series Round Bar System
  • The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control # PS49904 you mentioned only has a maximum 2 inch drop with the shank that comes with the system. You most definitely need a longer shank for the height of your truck compared to your trailer coupler height. I recommend the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Shank - 12" Long - 12-1/2" Rise 7" Drop - 1.2K TW # FA92-02-4315 which will give you the drop needed and will also accommodate the tongue weight of your system. You can...
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  • Can Pro Series Weight Distribution System be Upgraded to Work with 1,200 lb Tongue Weight Trailer
  • I have a solution for you, but Pro Series does not offer spring bars high enough for the tongue weight of your trailer. So what we can help you do is replace the head of your system with the part # RP58167 so that you can go to a higher rated spring bar like the # RP58369 which has a tongue weight range of 1,000 to 1,500 lbs which would be perfect for your 1,200 lb tongue weigh setup. For chains and u-bolts for the springs you also would want the part # 55630 and you'd be set.
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  • Backing Up With The Pro Series Weight Distribution System With Friction Sway Control # PS49904
  • We list the Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW # PS49904 as a system you cannot back up with because of the friction bar. The manufacturer has told us that backing up with the friction bar installed is not allowed and can damage the bar and that is why they use the easy release pin for the rear connection point. You can use the system without the sway control, but I recommend just easily removing the sway bar when you will...
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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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  • Setting Up Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution on 2015 Ram 2500 with Auto-Leveling Air Suspension
  • Setting up a weight distribution system such as # RP66084 on vehicles with automatic air suspension like your 2015 Ram 2500 requires an extra step or two. First, before you couple the trailer to the truck you would allow the truck to auto-level itself. When it is done you would couple the trailer to the truck. It should level itself again (but it might not). Once it has leveled itself again you will install the spring bars on the weight distribution system just like normal. The...
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  • Can Weight Distribution Chains Hang at an Angle or Do They Have to be Straight Up and Down
  • Ideally, you would want the chains to be straight up and down. A slight angle is permissible. What I recommend is to change the chain hanger type being used. There are 2 options. First we have a type that bolts to the side of the trailer frame, # RP58305. The other type is a skinny bracket that fits around the frame (up to 6-1/2 inches tall and 2-3/4 inches wide), # RP58306. With either set up you would need to use the trailer jack to jack up the trail and vehicle to achieve the required...
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  • Should Weight Distribution Be Used With Suspension Enhancement System On 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
  • If your truck is sagging due to your trailer then I would suggest the Reese Weight Distribution, part # RP61009. This system works with tongue weight from 600 to 1,200 lbs and 12,000 gross towing weight. This system should provide a more even ride for the trailer and the vehicle. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. So for a 7,000 pound trailer that would be 700 to 1,050 pounds. Suspension enhancement like part # TDR1500DQ, will help if sagging is...
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  • Excessive Play in a Reese Weight Distribution Head Between Head and Shank
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese who said there should not be any play in the head once the bolts are properly torqued down. When installed it is possible that the bolts were not torqued to the right specs according to the installation instructions. If they were then my contact said that there is a shim kit you can use to remove that excess play, # 58207. The shim kit is included with most Reese systems but if you do not have it then you can use # 58207 as a replacement. I have included...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2018 Coachmen Freedom Express
  • When a particular weight distribution system, such as the Pro Series # PS49904 referenced in your question, does not allow backing up, this is because of the friction bar design on the unit. These systems use a friction bar for sway control that works absolutely fine when driving forward, but is simply not designed for accepting the force of going in reverse. Keep in mind that backing up in an absolute straight line is okay, but you cannot turn at all when backing up. As far as their...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a Chevy Avalanche Towing Camper Trailer
  • You are within the towing capacities of your Chevy Avalanche, so as long as your truck has been properly maintained and is in good working order you should be totally fine. From the picture you submitted it looks like you have a weight distribution system already. If you don't have a supplemental transmission cooler I would highly recommend one to prolong the life of your transmission. The Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, item # D13504, is an excellent transmission...
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  • Troubleshooting Weight Distribution Hanger Bracket Installation on a V-Nose Trailer
  • The angle of the chains will present a problem, with the chains angled forward to such a degree it will put forward pressure on the spring bars and the weight distribution head. There is a solution though. You can use the Bolt On Weight Distribution Chain Hanger Kit, item # RP58305, in place of the Tip up chain hanger brackets. Once installed the chains are attached by raising the trailer tongue and rear of vehicle with the trailer jack. Tubular frames cannot be wider than 2-1/4 inches...
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  • Capacity and Availability of Replacement Snap Up Brackets and Chains for Weight Distribution Systems
  • The chains in the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank 1,200 lbs. TW / 12,000 lbs. GTW, item # RP66088, are designed to be used with weight distribution systems up to 12,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 1,200 pounds tongue weight. These chains can be purchased separately in the Replacement Weight Distribution Chain Kit, item # 3216. The snap up brackets can also be purchased separately in the Replacement Weight Distribution Hook-Up Brackets kit (2) with Lift Bar, item...
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  • Availability of a Short-Armed Weight Distribution System for a V-Nose Trailer and 2010 Toyota Tundra
  • The weight distribution system we carry with the shortest arms is going to be a Curt system like # C17332. The spring bars measure 28-5/8 inches long. Despite the short length I believe there is a better solution for you. I recommend going with a Reese Strait-Line system, # RP66088, and replacing the lift brackets with chain hangers, # RP58305. The chain hangers go through the side of the frame rather than over the top like the lift brackets. If using the chain hangers, you must use...
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  • Rear of 2005 Cadillac Escalade Sags when Connected to 31 Foot Travel Trailer
  • The best way to eliminate rear end vehicle sag caused by towing a trailer is to use weight distribution. To choose a system you need to go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 2005 Cadillac Escalade. If you get a system that is not rated properly for your set up then it will be ineffective. You also have to get the right rise or drop to tow...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for 2007 Toyota Tundra Towing a 6,500 Pound Trailer
  • When choosing a weight distribution system, you will need one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the trailer tongue weight, loaded and ready to tow. For a 700 to 750 pound tongue weight, I recommend a system with a range of 600 to 1,200 pounds. With this flat bed trailer loaded with a vehicle, I recommend a system that has sway control. The best sway control systems are dual-cam systems. The dual-cam systems are pro-active systems that stop trailer sway before it...
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  • What C Channel Trailer Frame Size Will the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank Work On
  • The Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank, item # 66088, lift up brackets will not fit channel frames wider than 2-1/4 inches. As long as your C-Channel frame is no wider than 2-1/4 inches you should not have any problems with the installation. Along with this system you will need a properly sized and rated hitch ball with a 1-1/4 inch shank. I have listed a couple that may work for you below. Hitch Ball with 2-5/16 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome,...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2007 Chevy Suburban Towing a 5,900 Pound Travel Trailer
  • Adding weight distribution will help to divide the gross trailer weight more equally to all the axles of the Suburban and trailer, but all the weight will still be there. While weight distribution is a good idea for a trailer this size, the best solution, and most economical, is to add a transmission cooler. I recommend the Derale Dyno-Cool Tube-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, # D12903. It is rated for up to 6,000 pounds gross trailer weight and will help to keep the transmission fluid...
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  • Longer Weight Distribution Shank to Lower Tailgate Without Hitting Trailer Jack
  • The Blue Ox SwayPro shank, part # BXW4001, measures 12 inches long from the hitch pin hole to the adjustment holes and it'll work just fine with the Curt system, part # C17341, you have. You didn't mention how much longer you need exactly this Blue Ox is 4 inches longer that what came with the system. It gives you a little more rise at 8 inches which you said you don't need but it's pretty close to the same. It also keeps your capacity since it's rated up to 15,000 pounds towing.
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  • Weight Distribution for a 6,500 Pound Terry Travel Trailer
  • Trailer tongue weight is usually 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. So for a trailer that weighs 6,500 pounds that would be 650 to 975 pounds. But when calculating tongue weight for weight distribution you also have to add in the weight of anything carried behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If the tongue weight ends up being between 650 and 975 pounds then I recommend a system that is rated for 600 to 1,200 pounds such as # RP66088. This system also comes with dual-cam...
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  • Weight Distribution for Different Trailer Weights and a 2005 Ford Expedition
  • First, thank you for the information you have provided. I can make some good recommendations with this information. The key to choosing the right weight distribution system is tongue weight. To calculate tongue weight there are several methods you could employ. I have included a link to an FAQ article that explains them for you. Typically tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. For a trailer weighing 3,000 pounds, a 1,200 pound horse, and up to 100 pounds additional...
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  • Installing the Chain Hangers for the Pro Series # PS49904 Weight Distribution
  • Typically a Weight Distribution (WD) system will recommend that the brackets for the chain hangers be installed somewhere between 26" - 30" from the hitch ball. Although the instructions for the Pro Series # PS49904 says to setup the head and the arms to use as a guide you can take a guess since the bars are 31-1/4" long. I do recommend setting up the head and the arms first and then using them to determine the placement of the chain hangers. These guidelines can be found on page 4 of...
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  • Chains for Weight Distribution System are Too Short for Tall Trailer Frame
  • In the picture, you have a tall trailer frame and that is the issue. You would not want to use the set up as-is because the chains are not long enough. Longer chains are not recommended because it will reduce the effectiveness of the system but what you can do is use the chain hangers, # RP58305, that will bolt to the side of the frame and give you the proper set up. To achieve the required amount of tension for your weight-distribution systems spring bars using these chain hangers,...
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  • Comparison of Weight Distribution Systems That Do and Do Not Allow Backing Up
  • Some weight distribution (WD) systems do not allow you to back up the trailer with their friction control bars connected; these simply require you to first release the sway control. Other systems that use different methods for sway control do allow you to back up the trailer without having to do this. As examples, Pro Series system # PS49904 does NOT allow backing up while Reese Strait-Line system # RP66083 does. The key to choosing a WD system is to know your setup's fully loaded...
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  • Where to Place ATVs on Trailer According to Weight
  • When loading a trailer you want to have as much of the weight of the cargo as far forward as possible, otherwise the trailer will sway. In your case I would recommend putting the heavier side by side in the front of the trailer and the ATV behind it. I attached an article with other tips on towing a trailer for you to check out as well. If your trailer and cargo weigh more than 50 percent of the total weight I would also recommend you look into a weight distribution system. The...
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  • Can Weight Distribution Be Used on a Vehicle with Load Leveling Suspension
  • What you will need to do is hitch your trailer up to your 2015 Dodge Durango and do whatever it takes for the suspension to level. If that means you have to drive it around the block that is what you would need to do before setting up your Strait-Line weight distribution system.
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy Avalanche LTZ 4x4 Towing a Cargo Trailer
  • A Class V trailer hitch will have a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. Most likely on a 2011 Chevy Avalanche you have a Class III or IV rated hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. This is important because we want to get you the right weight distribution system. If the trailer weighs in at 7,000 pounds, the typical tongue weight will be between 700 and 1,050 pounds (10 to 15 percent). But, you also have to add to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I...
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  • Weight Distribution System for Towing 7,000 lb Trailer
  • When picking out a weight distribution system you'd want to aim for the weight range needed for how your trailer is loaded to the heaviest you'll be at. For your situation the higher rated Curt Weight Distribution System part # C17002 would be the way to go as it has a range of 800-1,000 lbs but ideally you'd go with a system with a wider range like the Reese Weight Distribution System part # RP61009 which has a range of 600-1,200 lbs which would be more ideal for you since you'll have...
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 7,600 Pound Trailer
  • When choosing a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the trailer. This can be calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the vehicle. Typically trailer tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. If we go by 7,600 pounds as the weight of the trailer the tongue weight would be 760 to 1,140 pounds. If you can keep...
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  • Weight Distribution for Chevy Silverado 1500 and Toy Hauler Trailer with 860 lbs Dry Tongue Weight
  • When choosing weight distribution you need to go by the total tongue weight. 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. A dry tongue weight of 860 pounds means that when loaded it is bound to be more so you will want a system with a tongue weight capacity range high enough to cover the loaded tongue weight. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent...
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  • Is a Weight Distribution System Needed When Hauling 5500 lbs With a 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • I did some research on your 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT and it has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 7,000 lbs. Weight distribution systems are recommended if the trailer that you are pulling is more than 50 percent of the vehicles weight. Even though your vehicle has self leveling air shocks, a weight distribution would take stress off of those shocks and distribute the load among all axles. For your situation, I would definitely recommend a weight distribution system. To be sure you...
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  • Weight Distribution System with 5 Inch Drop Shank for a Trailer with 900 Pounds Tongue Weight
  • For a total tongue weight of 900 pounds you have some options for weight distribution. We need to look at models that do not come with a shank so you can add one with the appropriate drop or close to it. Trunnion bar Reese system, # RP66022, is rated for 600 to 1200 pounds tongue weight and does not come with a shank or ball. For a shank that has 4-3/4 inches of drop when used with trunnion bars go with # RP63971. That 1/4 inch of difference will be taken up by the tongue weight pushing...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed on a 2013 Ram 1500 with Automatic Air-Leveling Suspension
  • Weight distribution works to transfer trailer tongue weight more evenly to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. This is how it levels the rig. With automatic air leveling suspension, it is just leveling out the back of the truck and not transferring the tongue weight across the axles. So it is still possible to have steering and braking problems with the air leveling system. You can use weight distribution with this type of system but ideally, if possible, you would turn it off....
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch And Wiring For 2001 Ford Excursion 4x4 With 5.4L Engine
  • I did some research on your 2001 Excursion 4x4 and found the towing capacity for your vehicle with a 5.4L engine is 7,200 maximum trailer weight. That would be the weight of the trailer when it is fully-loaded and ready-to-tow. For your Excursion I recommend the Curt Class trailer Hitch, part # C14011. This is a Class lV hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening. Since you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball...
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  • Can a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tow a 2002 24 ft Coachmen Travel Trailer
  • To determine if a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with a 5.3L V8 can tow your 2002 Coachmen travel trailer, you will need to find the towing capacity of the truck and weight of your trailer when it is loaded and ready to tow. I did some research on the 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a 5.3L V8 and found that the towing capacity can range from 9,700 lbs to 10,700 lbs based on how it is equipped. If you are purchasing the truck from a private party, the towing capacity should be listed in...
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  • Is 2008 Ford F-150 Supercab Capable of Towing 7800 LB Travel Trailer
  • Since you mention that your 2008 Ford Supercab has a towing capacity of 8,200 lbs, your truck would be capable of towing the 7,800 lb travel trailer/RV but there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind. 1. The towing capacity of your truck is the maximum amount of weight that your truck is capable of towing. This includes the weight of the trailer as well as anything in it. If 7,800 lbs is the dry weight, you will want to keep this in mind when loading the trailer. Remaining...
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  • Trailer Weight Distribution System Recommended for 31 Foot Airstream Travel Trailer
  • If the tongue weight (TW) of your Airstream does not exceed the 1200 lb TW capacity of the Reese # RP61009 system, the system would work for you. Be sure to include the weight of anything stowed in the truck bed behind the rear axle as tongue weight to determine if the TW of your Airstream does not exceed the system capacity. A better choice would be the Reese Trunnion System with Dual-Cam Sway Control, part # RP66084, which is effective on trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600-1200lbs....
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  • Will a Weight Distribution System Help Stop Sagging?
  • You sound like a great candidate for a weight distribution system. By definition, the system will distribute a portion of the tongue weight from the rear axle of your vehicle to the front axle, thus significantly reducing the sag you describe. Since your tongue weight will max out around 800 - 850 lbs (3500lbs trailer wt + 2000 lbs cargo multiplied by 15 percent). We typically figure tongue weight as between 10 and 15 percent of the trailer weight. Knowing this, I would recommend the Reese...
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  • Can Weight Distribution be Added to an Aluminum Boat Trailer with an I-Beam Pole Tongue
  • To use weight distribution on a boat trailer with a pole tongue you will need to use a pole tongue adapter like # RP58393 or # RP3280. The lighter duty RP3280 cannot be used with Reese SC systems or dual-cam sway control. The higher capacity RP58393 can be used with Reese SC systems but not dual-cam sway control. In order to mount the adapter you will need to square off the tongue where the adapter will need to mount, making it a box frame in that area. This requires a qualified professional...
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  • Can Shank of Pro Series Weight Distribution System be Replaced with one that Fits 2-1/2 inch Hitch
  • You definitely can replace the shank of your Pro Series Weight Distribution System part # PS49904 with a shank that is designed to fit a 2-1/2 inch hitch like the BXW4018 that you referenced. Unfortunately that part has been discontinued by the manufacturer so instead I recommend using # EQ90-02-4900 which will work very well.
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control for a 7,500 Pound Trailer and Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel
  • Weight distribution is a good idea any time the trailer weighs at least 50 percent or more of the tow vehicle. In your situation it should qualify because even though a 3500 Dodge Ram diesel is a large truck, it probably does not way 15,000 pounds. So I do recommend weight distribution for you and it will give you a better tow overall. To select a system you will go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow...
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  • Will a Weight Distribution System Allow a Vehicle to Tow Heavier than The Max Towing Capacity
  • Unless there is a second, higher towing capacity for your 2005 Chevy Equinox when used with a weight distribution system there is no way to tow above the towing capacities of a vehicle. Check the hitch on your vehicle to see if there is a different weight capacity for use with a weight distribution system. I attached a help article on weight distribution systems for you to check out as well.
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  • Is Weight Distribution or Suspension Enhancement Better for Towing?
  • The suspension enhancement system is not necessary when towing if you are using a weight distribution system. The coil springs on the newer Ram trucks are notorious for sagging when under a load, either from towing or carrying cargo in the bed, which is likely why Niagara Truck'n'Stuff recommended the SES. I would say that their recommendation had merit and wasn't just a sales pitch, but they probably didn't think about the use of a weight distribution system when towing either. When...
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  • Will New Weight Distribution Spring Bars Fit in an Old Style Head
  • New bars are not left or right, they can be used on either side. The new bars will not fit in the old style head so you would need to replace the head as well as the spring bars. If you go that route than it would be better to just replace the whole system, get all new parts, because the cost is about the same. For a system rated for 600 to 1,200 pounds tongue weight you can use # RP61009. This system includes the shank so you would just need a properly sized ball, # A-90 for a 2 inch...
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  • Adjusting Strait-Line Weight Distribution System When Back Of Truck Sits Too Low
  • I called my contact at Reese and asked about the adjustment of the Strait-Line Weight Distribution # RP66088. To help raise the back of your 2016 F-250 you will need to tilt the head of the WD system toward the trailer. You can loosen the pin and rotate the odd-shaped washer to do this. When you initially set the system up you should have the ball height greater by about 3/4 to 1 inch than the coupler height to compensate for vehicle squat.
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  • Pro Series Weight Distribution Makes a Lot of Noise when Towing Trailer with 2008 Chevy Silverado
  • On chain hanging systems like Pro Series weight distribution # PS49904 there should be 5 chain links from the bracket to the spring bar. The fewer the chain links the more tension the spring bars will have. If there is too much tension then it can damage the system or the trailer but is unlikely to harm the vehicle. It sounds like the system was not set up properly, the rise or drop is not adequate to tow the trailer level, or the system is not properly rated for the trailer weight....
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2005 Dodge Ram Towing 30 ft Camper Trailer
  • You will most certainly need a brake controller to activate trailer brakes of a 30 foot travel trailer. I attached a help article on how to add electric brakes to a trailer for you to check out. For your 2005 Dodge Ram you will need to install a brake controller to activate the trailer's brakes. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This...
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  • Does the Snap Up Bracket Need to Be Secured to the Trailer Frame
  • You do need to secure the snap up brackets to the trailer frame. The chains use the snap up bracket as a support and if the bracket was not secured to the trailer frame, then the bracket could move or fall off any time the tension is released from the chains, such as a big dip or bump in the road. Even if the bracket moves, which would be possible even under a load, the effectiveness of the weight distribution system would be compromised. You would continually have to check and measure...
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  • Replacement 2-1/2 Inch Weight Distribution Shank for Reese Strait-Line WD System on Ford F-350
  • You can certainly upgrade your weight distribution shank to fit your new Class V, 2-1/2 inch hitch and existing weight distribution head. For your Ford F-350 Class V hitch and Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66088, I recommend the Equal-I-zer Weight Distribution Shank, 2-1/2 Inch Hitch # EQ90-02-4900. The rise and drop of this shank is measured with a head from an Equal-I-zer weight distribution system, but will still allow you to have a rise between 8 inches and 10...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 7,800 Pound Trailer
  • There have been several design changes to Reese weight distribution systems over the years so chances are high that even if you replace the head, you would also need to replace the spring bars. The cost of this is comparable to replacing the whole system. I do recommend replacing the whole system because not only is cost nearly the same but you will also have all new parts that will offer better performance than the old system with a few new components. A very good economical system...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution For a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer Towing 5400 Pound Trailer
  • For a trailer with 750 pounds tongue weight, I recommend a system rated for 600 to 1,200 pounds. In addition to the trailer tongue weight, you have to add top that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. That can increase the tongue weight so the wide range of 600 to 1,200 pound systems is the best bet. If you like the Reese systems, you can use # RP61009. The only thing you will need to add to this system is a properly sized ball for the coupler. For a...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 4,900 Pound Passport Trailer and 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • The key to choosing the right weight distribution is to know the loaded tongue weight. The loaded tongue weight is the tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow, plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. For a trailer that weighs 4,900 pounds, if the tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, that would be 490 to 735 pounds. If we then add the estimated additional tongue weight of 400 pounds, the range becomes 890 to 1,135....
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  • Pro Series Weight Distribution System for Trailer Tongue Weight up to 1,200 lbs
  • The Pro Series weight distribution system part # PS49903 that you have is the highest rated system in this series of system from Pro Series so you'd need an entirely new kit to get a higher rated setup. Pro Series has their RB2 system part # 49570 which has a tongue weight range of 600-1,200 lbs and is priced really great. You can reuse the friction sway control you have currently as well. For a shank with more drop to help compensate for the additional height you have you'd want...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 4,500 Lb Fleetwood Pop-Up Camper
  • The Curt Weight Distribution System part # C17341 would be a good choice for your Fleetwood Pop-Up Camper in regards to the weight range capability but I recommend you go with the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System part # C17499 instead. The reason for this is because the TruTrack has integrated trailer sway control and prevention as well which will help you maintain your trailer at highway speed in the event of crosswinds or a semi passing. The spring bars are also typically easier...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a Trailer With a Changing Tongue Weight
  • The Reese Weight Distribution Kit, # RP61009, would be a good addition for your 2008 KZ Coyote Rockclimber. This system has the greatest tongue weight range for the fluctuating tongue weight on your trailer. Please note that anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 2003 Chevrolet 1500 HD also contributes to the tongue weight. The Fastway weight distribution systems do not list a tongue weight range, but a tongue weight maximum capacity. As far as having the ability to make adjustments...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 2007 Chevy Suburban and 2009 Jayco JF28bhs
  • As long as the weight distribution system that you have is rated for the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow then you should have no troubles. When calculating tongue weight, you will need to have the trailer loaded and ready to tow and then add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle on top of that to get the total tongue weight. Tongue weight is typically between 10 and 15 percent of gross trailer weight. Make sure that the trailer...
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  • Can a 2007 Toyota Tundra Support 1,700 Pound Pin Weight from a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The owner's manual for the 2007 Toyota Tundra doesn't provide a pin weight capacity figure but they do provide the means of figuring it out. Basically if you look at the sticker in the driver's side door jamb it will tell you the rear axle capacity. Your trailer's pin weight will need to be less than the rear axle capacity.
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  • How Would Reese Strait-Line Round Bar Weight Distribution Fit a V-Nose Trailer
  • Your best option is going to be to install the bolt on brackets part # RP58305 that you mentioned as there isn't a shorter bar option available and since this bracket was basically designed for V-nose trailers like yours we know it would work well. I attached a picture that shows how the brackets would work in a similar situation.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System Shank for Lifted Truck Compatibility
  • We do not offer a swap of shanks in our weight distribution systems, but we do offer different shank sizes separately. The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW # PS49904 is a very nicely priced system, so I do understand the draw if we were able to simply swap the shank for a better price. I recommend using the Curt Weight Distribution Shank - 12" Long - 5" or 7" Drop - 1,500 lbs TW # C17121 or # C17124 for the correct...
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  • Recommended Second Friction-Style Sway Control Bar for Travel Trailer
  • The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round # PS49904 is the correct fit if your total tongue weight is between 1,000 and 1,200 lbs. This is the loaded trailer tongue weight as well as any cargo behind the rear axle of your Silverado. For sway control when a trailer is over 26 feet long and over 6,000 lbs a second friction sway bar like # 83660 is recommended. I've attached an article to assist.
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control Recommendation for a 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • In order to choose the best weight distribution and sway control system for your 2007 Chevy Avalanche, you will need to go by the gross trailer weight and tongue weight of the trailer, fully loaded and ready to tow. You will want a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses your trailers tongue weight. Tongue weight should be 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. So for a trailer weighing 7,000 pounds loaded and ready to tow, you are looking at a tongue weight...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 2006 Land Rover LR3 HSE and 5,000 Pound Trailer
  • In order to find the correct weight distribution system, you will need to know: 1) the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then add 2) the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Once you add these together to get the total tongue weight, you will want a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that puts your total tongue weight in the middle. So for a 600 to 1,200 pound system, a tongue weight of 900 pounds would be ideal....
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  • Gross Weight and Tongue Weight of a 1986 Coachmen Travel Trailer
  • I think the last year for the Coachmen Cadet was 1979. In 1986 it may have been referred to as a Classic Series. So, in 1979 the Cadet came in several sizes ranging from 2,490 pounds up to 3,880 pounds. That would put the tongue weight range between 250 and 580 pounds. In 1986 the Classic Series also came in several sizes ranging from 6,000 to 7,190 pounds. That would put its tongue weight range between 600 and 1,080 pounds. Does the trailer have a model designation such as M-24CB...
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  • Weight Distribution System for A 2006 Cadillac Escalade Towing a 7000 lb Carmate Trailer
  • Weight distribution systems are selected according to the tongue weight of the trailer being towed. For a 7000 lb capacity Carmate trailer your tongue weight fully loaded and ready to tow should be somewhere between 700 and 850 lbs. A weight distribution system with a tongue weight capacity between 600 and 1,200 lbs like the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System, item # BXW1000, or the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System, item # RP66088, would be the proper choice for a system...
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  • What WD/Sway Control System Will Fit a 2013 Forest River 27HFS Toy Hauler with 8-Inch Frame
  • The ideal choice of WD system will be one where your fully loaded trailer tongue weight (TW) falls in the middle of the system's usable range. You also need to add in the weight of anything behind the tow vehicle's rear axle, such as a cooler or generator. A WD system that is too low in capacity will not provide the necessary stabilization; and one rated too high will be too stiff and result in erratic performance. If the trailer TW exceeds the capacity of the system, the spring bars could...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 28 Foot Enclosed Car Hauler
  • The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW # PS49904 is a system for a very specific trailer with a tongue weight rating between 1000 and 1200 lbs. This won't be the best system for your application. Your Curt trailer hitch is rated for a tongue weight of 650 lbs and WD system rating of 1000 lbs, however, you haven't accounted for a trailer that may be less than your maximum capacity and that could create too rigid a ride...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2002 Lincoln Naviagtor and 5,900 Pound Toy Hauler Trailer
  • The first thing you will want to check is the hitch on your 2002 Lincoln Navigator to make sure it is compatible with weight distribution (which I am sure it is) and more specifically the tongue weight capacity when used with weight distribution. Trailer tongue weight is usually 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight but can be higher on toy haulers. If the trailer's dry weight is 5,000 pounds and the 900 pound bike is the only thing loaded in it that would be 5,900 pounds. At...
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  • Weight Distribution for a Trailer with 800 Pounds Tongue Weight and a 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • Depending on the weight distribution you currently have and its approximate age, you may just be able to switch out the bars as opposed to a complete new system. You will also want to make sure that the hitch on your 2007 Chevy Avalanche and the vehicle itself are rated for weight distribution and the 800 pound tongue weight of your trailer. There are systems rated as high as 1,500 pounds tongue weight. Typically you want a system with a range that encompasses the tongue weight of your...
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  • What Size Hitch Ball is Needed for the Reese Weight Distribution System on a 24 Foot Travel Trailer
  • A 24 foot long travel trailer is more than likely going to use a 2-5/16" hitch ball but it could also be a 2" hitch ball so it will be important to check the top of the trailer coupler for this as it will be stamped into it. If you need a hitch ball for a weight distribution system like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control part # RP66088 then you will need to make note of the shank as the hitch balls for a distribution system are unique. The correct hitch ball for...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Weight Distribution for 2006 Nissan Frontier Towing 5700-lb Travel Trailer
  • The rear receiver hitches offered for your 2006 Nissan Frontier are all 2-inch Class III types that share a 500-lb tongue weight (TW) and 5000-lb gross trailer weight (GTW) ratings. All can be seen on the linked page. Since all of them install without drilling I suggest the lowest-cost option, Curt hitch # 13241, which is shown in the linked video being installed on your same model year Frontier. The written instructions are also linked. Each one of these hitches' towing capacities will...
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  • Operation of Auto-Leveling Air Suspension in 2003 Cadillac Escalade Hitched to a Car Trailer
  • The Cadillac Escalade has an optional auto-leveling air suspension system that will activate to bring the vehicle rear back up to a level position. Generally speaking it is preferable to have the tow vehicle and trailer level (or very near to level) when hitched and towing. The 2003 Escalade has a towing capacity in the range of 7000-lbs. This figure will vary slightly based on the specific version you have. If the weight of your loaded car trailer is within the tow capacity of the vehicle...
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  • Reese Strait Line Weight Distribution Recommendation for Jayco Jay Flight Swift Trailer
  • For your trailer that has a dry tongue weight and a GTWR of 8,000 lbs the Reese Strait Line system part # RP66088 would be a perfect solution. The tongue weight range of this is 600-1,200 lbs and features a sway control that works to fight sway before it starts. There isn't a standard part needed for Jayco trailers to install this kit. As far as we know it's a standard install for your trailer. For a 2 inch ball you would want part # A-90 and for a 2-5/16 inch ball # 19286.
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control Recommendation for a 2010 toyota Tundra Towing a 21Ft Rockwood
  • Since your tongue weight is starting out over 600 pounds the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank 1,200 lbs. TW / 12,000 lbs. GTW, item # 66088, will be an excellent choice. Even if fully loaded the trailer tongue weight gets to the maximum recommended tongue weight of 15 percent of the total trailer weight, loaded and ready to travel you should not go over the maximum 1200 pound tongue weight of the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch. Along with the weight distribution system...
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  • What Weight Distribution System Should be Use for a 2004 Aerolite Club-195 and a 2004 Dodge Durango
  • The recommended tongue weight range for Reese Heavy Duty Round Bar Weight Distribution system, part # RP61009, is 600-1,200 pounds. Unless you get the camper up to a 600 pound plus tongue weight after loading, this system would be overkill. It probably would not damage anything, but the ride would be very rough. We have smaller systems that would probably suit your needs better and not create a rough ride. Reese part # RP65509 has a tongue weight range of 200-600 pounds. You trailer...
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  • Increasing the Number of Links when Using a Reese Round Bar Weight Distribution System
  • Has the weight of the trailer changed? If so, more tongue weight would make you use more chain. Typically, the only reason the bars would go bad is if they were overloaded. I would check the tilt of the head assembly on your # RP61009 weight distribution system. It sounds like it needs to be tilted more toward the trailer. The bars would point down more and apply tension sooner, with less links left over.
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  • Availability of a Weight Distribution System that Will Fit an 8 Inch Wide I-Bean Trailer Frame
  • What you can do is weld a steel plate on the outside of each of the frame rails and use Chain Hangers for Reese Weight Distribution Systems - Bolt On, # RP58305, with a weight distribution system like # RP61009 that you have referenced. Any welding should be performed by a qualified professional welder. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want want that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses your trailer tongue wight when it is loaded and ready to tow. The...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 10,415 Pound Trailer
  • It is likely that the 1,000 capacity system is not adequate for the tongue weight of 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 behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If the trailer weighs 10,415 pounds (8,315 + 2,100) then the tongue weight is likely 1,041 to 1,562 pounds...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control Recommendation for a 2007 Chevy Suburban Towing 7000 Pounds
  • The Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank 1,200 lbs. TW / 12,000 lbs. GTW, item # 66088, would be a good choice for the tongue weight and gross trailer weight loaded and ready to tow that you have mentioned. Installation instructions and a video installation of a similar system are linked below. You will need to check your vehicle owner manual or with Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle towing capacities are within the limits of your setup.
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  • How Much Should a Friction Bar Sway Control System be Adjusted
  • Adjusting a friction sway control bar such as # RP66088 requires a little fine tuning and depends on the individual doing the towing. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly, a series of road tests should be taken with the loaded trailer. On subsequent trips increase or decrease tension by turning the adjusting bolt in 1/4 turn increments in the direction shown on the label until the desired control is achieved. For large trailers, it may be necessary to install a second...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control for a Trailer with 800 Pounds of Tongue Weight
  • You will need to choose a weight distribution system based on the tongue weight and gross weight of the trailer you plan to tow. If your tongue weight is 800 pounds, you will want a system that has a tongue weight capacity that can handle at least 800 pounds. If you choose a system that is too heavy for your needs, at the worst you will experience a stiff ride while towing. A higher capacity system would work, just do not go to a system that is too low. I would look at systems that...
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  • Solution for Installing Weight Distribution on Trailer with Frame Clearance Interference
  • The length of the spring bars that come with the part # PS49904 are right at 31 inches. It sounds like you have a clearance issue above the frame of your trailer that may interfere with the mounting of the frame brackets. We have a solution for this. You will want the part # RP58305. This bolts the brackets to the side of the trailer frame and since it does not go above the frame rail it would not interfere.
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2001 Ford F-250 and 7,522 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. Many systems have a tongue weight capacity range. The tongue weight, based on the numbers you have provided, is about 14 percent of the gross trailer weight. When loaded to 7,522 pounds that would be about...
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control Recommendation for 2008 Toyota Tundra and a 30 Foot Toy Hauler
  • There are several decisions to make when selecting a weight distribution system for your towing needs. The first and most important decision is to select a system that is properly rated for the capacity your setup requires. Since you have close to 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight, I would recommend a weight distribution system with a 12,000 pound gross weight and 1,200 pound tongue weight like you selected. You can go with a round bar system like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution...
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  • Will Reese Weight Distribution System Clear Rear Bumper Of 1999 Ford E-350 Van
  • I went to the warehouse and measured the distance between the holes on the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System, part # RP66088. I have attached a photo of the shank with the head attached that has the dimensions noted. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball mount at 14 inches will clear your bumper by 6 inches. This weight distribution system is designed for tongue weight between 600 and 1,200 lbs and has a gross towing weight capacity of 12,000...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System Without Friction Sway Bar to Allow Backing Up
  • The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW # PS49904 is not compatible with backing up at any angle due to the friction sway bar. There is an easy disconnection pin to allow you to easily back up with the rest of the system still installed, but it could cause damage if you didn't disconnect that sway bar and backed up at any angle. For a system that is rated similar and will allow backing up without any changes required...
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  • Do I Need to Upgrade the Spring Bars on my Weight Distribution System
  • The weight capacity of the spring bars on your weight distribution system will need to exceed the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer in addition to any weight stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The average tongue weight of a trailer is 10-15% of the gross trailer weight (GTW) which puts you at around 670 - 1,005 lbs dry. Therefore, the 600-800 lb spring bars may be rated a bit too low. If you have the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System then you can use the...
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  • Can Pro Series Bar-Style Friction Sway Control Be Used on a Valley Weight Distribution System
  • Valley went out of business a couple of years ago. As long as the head that holds the ball on your Valley weight distribution system has a small hole off to the side on the top then you can use a friction sway control unit such as # RP66088. You mentioned that your Valley system is 70210 which is the round bar system and the head does have the hole for a friction bar-style sway control unit.
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  • Will Automatic Lowering of 2014 Ram 1500 Air Suspension at 60 MPH Affect Weight Distribution Set Up
  • With the truck automatically lowering it would throw off the initial set up of a weight distribution system. What I recommend is to set it up so that the trailer is 1 inch higher than level at the coupler after the system is installed and set up/ready to tow. That is about as much off level as you will want to be with a weight distribution system. Of course if you have the ability to disable that feature while you tow then I would try that first.
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  • Inexpensive Weight Distribution System for a Trailer with Varying Weights and a 2003 Chevy Tahoe
  • For your situation I recommend going with a weight distribution system that has a wide tongue weight capacity range. Reese system # RP61009 has a tongue weight capacity range of 600 to 1,200 pounds. To adjust it for lighter or heavier loads you can change the number of chain links the spring bars hang from (the fewer the links the more tension on the bars) and the angle of the head. Or you could just take the bars off completely if the trailer tongue weight is below 600 pounds. This...
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  • Shank with More Drop to Tow Trailer Level with Reese Weight Distribution System RP61009
  • For Reese weight distribution system # RP61009 you can use shank # RP63971. It has 3-1/2 inches more drop than what is offered in the shank that came with the system. I have included a link to all of the weight distribution shanks for 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. Most of them are compatible with the Pro Series system and some are not. If you are not certain let me know and I will be happy to tell you if one is compatible.
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  • Installing Weight Distribution System When Top of Trailer A-Frame is not Accessible
  • Do you have access to the sides of the A-frame? It sounds as if you do. If this is the case, you can use the bolt on brackets, part # RP58305. You will not be able to snap up the brackets as you would on a regular bracket. In this case, you would hitch up the trailer, and then use the trailer jack to lift the trailer and the rear of the vehicle until there is enough slack in the spring bar chains to clip them to the brackets.
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  • Similar Weight Distribution System to StraitLine RP66088 Without Shank
  • We have the trunnion bar version of the part # RP66088 available without the shank. For that you would want the part # RP66074. Trunnion bars are actually the preferred bar style as they offer much better ground clearance. You will hear arguments for both, the general consensus around etrailer.com is that trunnion systems are the better design. The bars are very easy to remove and install in the head. Since there is no bend in them, they are considered stronger and more durable. Some...
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  • Can 2 inch Trailer Ball be Used on the Pro Series Weight Distribution System PS49904
  • Yes, you could remove the hitch ball of the part # PS49904 and install a 2 inch ball. For a 2 inch ball you would want part # A-90.
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Towing 7000 lbs
  • The important factor to consider when choosing a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. If the fully loaded tongue weight of your trailer will be as much as 750 lbs, then you will want to choose a system that can handle that capacity. Keep in mind that anything that is loaded behind the rear axle of your 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 will also contribute to the tongue weight. The Reese Weight Distribution System, # RP61009,...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed for a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 and Airstream Classic 7,230 Pounds
  • Weight distribution is recommended any time the gross trailer weight is at least 50 percent of the gross vehicle weight. Given that your Airstream weighs 7,230 pounds weight distribution is recommended. When just sitting, it may not appear that weight distribution is needed but consider that when you travel there is up and down, back and forth, and side to side movement. If the tongue weight suddenly gets heavier because of it then it can negatively impact the steering and braking of...
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  • What Size Holes Need to be Drilled to Mount the Dual-Cam Sway Control Brackets to a Trailer
  • The brackets that hold on the dual-cam sway control on weight distribution kit # RP66088 use 1/2 inch bolts to hold them to the trailer frame as indicated in the instructions that I have linked for you. I have also included the instruction for the rest of the weight distribution system.
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  • Recommend Reese Weight Distribution System For 2007 Outback Trailer That Weighs 5,300 lb Unloaded
  • When selecting a weight distribution system, you want to use one that is close to or falls within the range of the trailers tongue weight when it is loaded. Tongue weight is about 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight when the trailer is loaded. I would recommend the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System, part # RP66084, to be used with trailer loads that have a tongue weight capacity between 600 and 1,200 lbs, and would be a good fit for your 2007 Outback Trailer. Part...
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  • Weight Distribution System for Towing a Bigger Trailer
  • If your old system does not have enough weight capacity to handle the new trailer you are planning to purchase, or if you are having problems with your old system when towing then I would consider a new system. If you are within the weight limit of your Pro Series System and it is functioning properly then you should be able to use it on the new trailer. The Strait-Line weight distribution system you have selected is the newest out there and works very well. It is easier to hook up and...
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  • Weight Distribution Option for a 23 ft Toy Hauler Towed by a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 With 6 Inch Lift
  • The key to choosing the best weight distribution system for you is knowing the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. Keep in mind that anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 will contribute to the tongue weight as well. I would recommend choosing a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight of your trailer with its heaviest load. If the tongue weight of your fully loaded trailer and anything...
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