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  • When is Weight Distribution System Needed with Chevy Silverado 1500
  • We recommend using a weight distribution system when the trailer weighs 50 percent or more of the vehicle weight or if the rear of the vehicle is sagging. I have included a link to our FAQ article on weight distribution for you to view. If you determine that weight distribution is needed you will need to go by the loaded tongue weight of the trailer. You can calculate the loaded tongue weight by combining the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of...
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  • Difficulty Installing and Removing Trunnion Bars on Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • On your Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control # RP66083, tilting the ball will absolutely help. We actually have an article to assist with the fit and installation of that system that I've attached to assist. The Spring bar angle up toward the frame is okay with this system.
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for Towing a Winnebago Micro Minnie Winnie 2108DS
  • When looking into purchasing a Weight Distribution (WD) system you want to find one with a Tongue Weight (TW) range that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your towing setup falls in the middle of. To find the TTW of your towing setup you will need to add the TW of your fully loaded and ready-to-go trailer, which you can use part # 5780 for, along with the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. Keep in mind that a properly loaded trailer will have a TW that is 10-15%...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2013 Jeep Wrangler and Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer
  • Most versions of the 2013 Jeep Wrangler are rated to tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds. But there are a few models that have a 3,500 pound towing capacity. The models listed below have a 3,500 pound capacity. If you do not see your model then it will be rated for 2,000 pounds: 3.6 liter motor, manual transmission, 3.73 axle ratio, Four-Door Sport Model (4WD) 3.6 liter motor, automatic transmission, 3.73 axle ratio, Four-Door Sport Model (4WD) 3.6 liter motor, manual transmission, 3.73...
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  • How to Determine Best Weight Distribution System
  • No, if you use a weight distribution system on your trailer that is rated higher than you need, your trailer will be bouncing. In order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), 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. The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Dual Cam Sway Control that Wants to Ride Up on Cam Flange
  • Are both the spring bars of your Dual Cam setup riding up onto the flange of the cam? Reese would recommend that you check the location of the bracket that attaches to the trailer frame. I attached a picture of that. With the truck and trailer perfectly straight check to make sure that the cam is fully seated into the indent of the spring bar end. If not use the adjustment nuts to get them where they need to be.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2016 Flagstaff 425D Travel Trailer
  • When looking for a weight distribution system you want to take the loaded tongue weight as well as any cargo behind the rear axle and have that total tongue weight ideally fall in the middle of the range for the WD system. My recommendation for your weight distribution system is the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion # RP66558. This system uses friction material similar to automotive brake pads to assist with controlling trailer sway. Then you...
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  • Can Hayes Sway Master be Used with Prodigy RF Brake Controller
  • You'd want to have the trailer's connector first plugging into the Hayes Sway Master part # HA81775 then plug into the RF Prodigy Controller # 90250 and then into your tow vehicle.
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  • Recommendation to Reduce Chucking on Lightweight Tandem Cargo Trailer
  • Using a weight distribution system would be your best option if you don't have an aluminum frame. If you have a steel frame, I recommend using the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Trunnion # FA92-00-0450 along with the 2 inch hitch ball # 40038 and thin walled socket # ALL643216. If you have an aluminum frame you will need to check with the manufacturer about WD system use. Since the biggest issue is when you are towing empty, I recommend using a brake controller...
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  • Recommended Sway Control Without Weight Distribution
  • In my opinion you have the best sway control utilizing your current system like # RP66088, so I personally would stick with what you have. The dual cam with spring bars keeps the trailer in line by actively fighting sway. It does require more setup but based on the photo you have that done well. There are other options you can consider if you simply don't want to utilize the weight distribution system. You can use two of the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660. This uses...
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  • What Does a Weight Distribution System Do
  • The goal of a weight distribution system is to more evenly distribute the trailer tongue weight to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. You also want the rig to be level. Ride hide after a trailer is coupled and the weight distribution spring bars are engaged is an indicator if the system is set up properly. If it isn't then you are not getting the full benefit of the system. The easiest way to measure that is to compare the ride height at the front and rear wheel wells with and...
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  • Weight Distribution for 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 & 7.6K 2018 Forest River RV Wildwood X-Lite 254RLXL
  • I checked the specs for the 2018 Forest River RV Wildwood X-Lite 254RLXL (nice trailer) and found that it has a dry tongue weight of 685 pounds. That is 11.2 percent of the dry trailer weight of 6,063 pounds. When loaded to the maximum the gross trailer weight is 7,685 pounds so at 11.2 percent that would put the tongue weight in the neighbor hood of 860 pounds. This is important because to choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for Toy Hauler Tongue Weight 1,400-1,500 lbs
  • The Strait Line Weight Distribution System part # RP66075 will be the better choice for your tongue weight range of 1,400 to 1,500 lbs. This system has the best sway control design on the market which fights to prevent sway before it starts. It does require some frame drilling though which I can understand is something you'd rather not do, but once it's done you'd be good to go. The holes do not affect the integrity of the frame either as the bolts being tightened where the holes are drilled...
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  • Combating Sag When Towing with a 2011 GMC Yukon XL Equipped with AutoRide
  • The best way to fight sag for any bumper pull setup is with a weight distribution (WD) system. A WD system takes the tongue weight of your trailer and evenly distributes it between the axles of your tow vehicle (2011 GMC Yukon XL) and your trailer. A properly loaded trailer should have a tongue weight (TW) that is 10-15% of the weight of the loaded trailer. If your loaded trailer is 7,000 lbs that should put your TW between 700 lbs - 1,050 lbs. When choosing a WD system you take the...
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  • Is a Sway Control System Needed for a 2015 Keystone 28 Foot Travel Trailer
  • A sway control system is not really a requirement but it is always good to have as it will help you keep the trailer under control during strong winds, curvy roads, or sudden maneuvers. The best type of sway control system for you is really going to depend on your trailer and tow vehcile. If the trailer's gross trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50% of the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) then I recommend using a weight distribution system with integrated sway control. If...
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  • Cause and Fix for Sway from Boat Trailer Towed by 5th Wheel Trailer
  • In a tandem towing application, meaning pulling one trailer with another trailer, sway is common. If you happen to have a bass boat, which is much heavier in the rear due to the engine's weight, the sway problem will be especially noticeable. Any trailer tows best when it has the right amount of tongue weight (TW), which is generally 12 to 14-percent of its gross weight (GVWR). Most hitches mounted on 5th wheels will NOT be rated for use with a weight distribution system. To use one...
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  • Recommended Equal-I-zer Weight Distribution System for Forest River Micro Lite Trailer
  • Thanks for the information. Based on your approximate weights and the fact you were on the low end of tongue weight you would already be almost at the max capacity of the 1,000 lb system so I absolutely recommend going with the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway # EQ37120ET. This system is rated for that total tongue weight between 800 and 1200 lbs, so you will be in the sweet spot whether your estimations were a little light or even if they were a little heavy. With...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation and Compatibility with Truck Factory Sway Control
  • If you are confident that the weight distribution system is the proper system and is set up correctly then the sway should go away when you disable the truck sway control. Right now, they are likely competing because the truck will apply brake pressure side to side to control sway and then the weight distribution system will adjust based on that. A weight distribution system is by far the best option for sway control, but I want to make sure you have the correct system for your application...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2018 Coleman Lantern Trailer
  • The Autowbrake Electric Brake Controller # 3430001 will work well for your trailer. The Husky Center Line Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # HT32216 is a great option with the brackets mounted 28-1/2" - 30-1/2" from the center of ball socket on coupler not the end of the coupler. This system will work with total tongue weights of 400-600 lbs. That total tongue weight is the completely loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2018 Honda Pilot....
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for Varying Tongue Weights with Maximum of 1,300 Pounds
  • You are exactly right that you will want to factor in added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your truck when determining your setup's total tongue weight for choosing a weight distribution system. Weight distribution systems do feature a tongue weight capacity range though, which gives you some wiggle room to account for varying loads on the truck or trailer. If you're looking at a maximum of around 1,300 pounds for your total tongue weight, I recommend taking a look...
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  • Is Blue Ox Sway Pro # BXW1000 Same as # BXW1000-S
  • The two part numbers are the same. Some vendors change the part number but if you order our part # BXW1000 you will recieve the Blue Ox SwayPro you are wanting.
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-150 Towing At Capacity
  • I'd be a little concerned your F-150 is going to be overloaded as the info I found on the 2018 F-150s says that the max towing capacity is 8,000 lbs. Which 12k would be way overloaded and would be rather dangerous. I'd strongly recommend you go with a lighter trailer if at all possible that within you capacities. Then for a weight distribution hitch the Reese Strait-Line part # RP66084 with it's tongue weight range of 600-1,200 lbs and features best sway control that works to prevent...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • If the factory hitch of your 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is rated for use with a weight distribution system I would recommend you use one since you are so close to the capacity of the vehicle. You'd most likely have a decent amount of sag without one. The best weight distribution system for a tongue weight of 454 lbs is going to be the Reese Strait Line part # RP66082 which has a tongue weight range of 200 to 600 lbs and features only sway control that works to fight sway before it starts. For...
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  • How to Make Installing Spring Bars of Weight Distribution System Easier
  • Are you using your trailer jack to help with the install/removal of the weight distribution system? What works the best is if you connect coupler to the hitch ball and then use the trailer jack to raise the rear suspension of the tow vehicle so that the bars can be lifted onto the L-brackets without having to fight the spring bar tension.
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  • Best Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Towing 4,000 lb 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. For a 4,000 lb trailer you'd be...
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  • Installing Sway Control Cam Brackets For Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • When setting up the dual cam assemblies for the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66074, you will just want to make sure the distance from the center of the hitch ball to the center of the cam arm pivot bolt is correct per the installation instructions (19-3/8 inches for a standard coupler). Also make sure that the chain coming down from the hanger bracket is as straight up and down as possible. As long as this is done correctly, it does not matter where exactly the cam...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 6,500 lb Trailer with a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • In order to choose the correct weight distribution system for your 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe and travel trailer you will need to base it off your total tongue weight. Total tongue weight is calculated by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. You would then want the total tongue weight of your towing setup to fall in the middle of the weight distribution system's capacity. Since the loaded tongue weight of...
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  • Is a Weight Distribution System Needed for a 3,000 Lb Trailer on a 2014 Ford F-150
  • In general, if the gross trailer weight (GTW) of the trailer is more than 50% of the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) then the use of a weight distribution system is recommended. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your truck can be found on the white tag inside the drivers door jamb. From my research, this figure could vary between 6,450 lbs - 7,450 lbs which means even on the low end of the spectrum you would not see much benefit from installing a weight distribution...
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  • How to Prevent Trailer Sway on a Boat Trailer with Light Tongue Weight
  • If you are having troubles with trailer sway due to the light tongue weight of your boat trailer then I recommend adding a weight distribution system. In addition to helping level the tongue weight of the trailer this system will also work to reduce trailer sway. In order to find the correct system for you we would need to know your total tongue weight (TTW) which is composed of the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer added to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow...
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  • Which is Better Pro Series Weight Distribution or Reese Strait-Line
  • The Reese Strait-Line part # RP66084 will give you a much better overall weight distribution system than the Pro Series # PS49903. Basically Reese's Strait-Line series is there top of the line option and the Pro Series is the entry level option. The Reese will give you a much better sway control setup that works to fight sway before it starts whereas the Pro Series only can minimize it once it's started. Also the spring bars of the Reese are trunnion style which will offer better ground...
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  • Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System Setup
  • When using the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control # C17499, which is a great system for your trailer weight and vehicle, you will initially setup your system just like you would a ball mount. So you will measure from level ground to the bottom of your trailer coupler when the trailer is sitting level to the ground. Then you will adjust the hitch ball height on your trailer to correspond to that measurement at the base of the platform the hitch ball rests on. I've...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 2014 Airstream International
  • In order to choose the correct weight distribution system for your 2014 Airstream International and your 2016 Ford F-250 we will need to find your total tongue weight (TTW). Total tongue weight is calculated by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. As long as your total tongue weight does not exceed 1,000 lbs then I recommend using the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control part # BXW1006....
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  • Is Brake Control, Weight Distribution, & Sway Control Required to Tow w/2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • I am surprised, but also kind of not surprised, you got 3 different answers. These are very basic questions that dealers should be able to answer. But no worries; I got your back! Do I need trailer brakes? If the trailer has brakes you might as well use them. Whether or not the brakes NEED to be functional depends on the law in your state and in the states you will be traveling. Most states have laws requiring the use of brakes on a trailer so it is a good idea to be sure they are active....
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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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  • Weight Distribution for a 2016 Four Star Runabout cargo Trailer with 465 Pounds Tongue Weight
  • It looks like the Four Star Runabout is a V-Nose trailer. This is important because there needs to be enough distance from the center of the ball cavity in the trailer coupler to the body of the trailer (measured along the frame) to account for the length of weight distribution spring bars. I assume that 465 pounds is the tongue weight when loaded and ready to tow. If so then a system rated for 200 to 600 pounds will put the 465 pound tongue weight in about the middle of that range....
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  • Comparing Equal-i-Zer and Husky Centerline Weight Distribution Systems
  • There's more to a weight distribution system than just the weight capacities listed. The Equal-i-Zer brand systems like # EQ37120ET are considered by many to be the "gold standard" of weight distribution systems. They are a simple design that is rock solid and easy to use. Also have been out for quite some time and because of that we know they hold up very well.You can't go wrong with an Equal-i-Zer basically. Now the Husky equivalent part # HT32218 will work too but it's newer on the...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 700-800 lb Trailer Tongue Weight
  • Your 2014 Lexus LX570 is rated for 7,000 lbs towing capacity based on my research. If your tongue weight is 700-800 lbs, then the 1000 lbs system is a great option. With whatever system you choose, the total tongue weight is the biggest factor in getting the correct system. The total tongue weight is the loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of your Lexus. Either the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control # EQ37100ET or the...
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  • Should 1 or 2 Friction Sway Control Bars be Used on Jayco Trailer that Weighs 7,200 Pounds Loaded
  • Adding the Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 to your Pro Series Weight Distribution System like # PS49583 is a great idea. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to use two friction bars when the trailer's loaded weight is over 6,000 pounds or it is longer than 26 feet. Your 28 foot, 7,200 pound trailer exceeds both of these numbers so you will definitely get more benefit from using two of the bars. I have attached a great article on weight distribution that you can use for reference....
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  • Weight Distribution System Compatibility with Propane Tank Location on Airstream Trailer
  • The Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control # FA92-00-1000 is designed to have the brackets positioned between 27 and 30 inches back from the center of your coupler or hitch ball. It sounds like the bars are not working, so you may want to consider a system like the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On # BXW0750 that uses brackets positioned 29 inches back from the hitch ball. For the hitch ball you will want either # A-90 for a 2 inch ball...
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  • Available Sizes of Trailer Hitch Balls
  • We sell hitch balls in several sizes to match most of the RV and other trailer coupler types in use. You can see all sizes on the page I linked for you. These ball sizes are 1-7/8-inch, 50mm (1.96-inch), 2-inch, 2-5/16-inch and 3-inch. The only smaller ball we have is part # C40093 which has a diameter of 1-1/4-inches. The shank diameter is 5/8-inch and the shank length is 1-3/4-inches. This is not a towing hitch ball. It is part of a weight distribution/sway control system such as...
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  • Mounting of Equal-I-zer Brackets to Trailer When Propane Tank Tray Location Interferes
  • For your Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control # EQ37040ET since your tray is right at that 25-32 inches back from the center of your coupler where your brackets need to be, the best solution to use this system is to drill into your frame and directly mount your brackets to the frame at the height you need. This may require modifying the height of your brackets depending on your tray and tank fit.
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  • Will Curt Weight Distribution Shank Fit a Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, you can use the shank from your Curt weight distribution system, # C17500, with a Reese Strait-Line system such as # RP66074. Both systems also use a ball with a 1-1/4 inch diameter shank so you can also reuse the ball you have. I have linked a video review of the Strait-Line system for you.
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for Trailer with Dry Weight of 3,000 lb
  • 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. Most likely you'd have a tongue...
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  • Can a Weight Distribution System Resolve Too Much Tongue Weight?
  • Your 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe has a stock max tongue weight of 350 lbs. Many hitches will allow for more weight, for instance the Draw-Tite # 75684 is a confirmed fit for your vehicle with a rated tongue weight of 350 lbs without weight distribution or 500 lbs with weight distribution. This hitch is the only one we carry with a weight distribution system rating and you are already well over that with your dry tongue weight rating. If the vehicle were capable of the load then the hitch would...
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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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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with 600-700 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. The best setup we have would be...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control Recommendation that's Better than Friction Sway
  • The best style of sway control is in the dual cam setup of the Reese Strait-Line part # RP66074 which actively works to prevent sway before it starts. It does this by trying to force the trailer into a straight line instead of a friction style that just tried to curb it once it's started. The tongue weight range for this kit is 600-1,200 lbs too.
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  • How to Use a Weight Distribution System with a Lifted Truck
  • It sounds like you need a longer weight distribution shank for the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System part # FA94-00-1000 on your Ford F-250 to accommodate for the 6" lift. If this is the case then I do have an option for you but the Blue Ox High-Low Adapter part # BX88241 will not work as it is designed for flat-towing only. Instead, I recommend using something like the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Shank part # FA92-02-4315 which offers up to 8-1/2" of drop while using round spring...
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  • Weight Distribution With Sway Control For Travel Trailers With Dry Weight of 3000 to 4000 lbs
  • I think the best towing setup for you will be the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System like part # FA92-00-0800 because it is one of the only systems that will allow you to change out the spring bars without replacing the head as well and it doesn't require any drilling or additional frame components other than the frame brackets. When choosing a weight distribution system, one of the most important factors is to determine the loaded tongue weight of the trailer. A tongue weight scale...
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  • Can Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System Work With EAZ Lift Shank?
  • Your EAZ Lift shank may work with the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution # EQ37061ET; it will depend on a measurement you need to take. If your shank has holes that measure 3/4" in diameter and are spread 1-1/4" apart then it will work with the Equal-i-zer # EQ37061ET.
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  • Why Do Some Weight Distribution Systems Allow Backing Up While Others Do Not
  • The weight distribution systems that use a simple friction-bar for sway control, such as the Curt # C17323 and the Pro Series # PS49902, cannot be backed up until you either release the tension on that friction arm's hand control or simply disconnect it entirely. These simple friction devices can help with trailer sway because their friction works to stop the swaying motion of the trailer. Better weight distribution systems use other methods for sway control and sway prevention and these...
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  • Longer Shank for Pro Series Pro Series 44903 Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Thanks for the photo, and to answer your question, yes, you can use a longer shank than the 12-1/2" that came with your Pro Series # PS49903 weight distribution hitch. The longest available that will work for you is the Equal-i-zer Weight Dist Shank # EQ90-02-4500 which is 18" long and has a maximum 7" rise or 3" drop, which is in line with the amount of rise and drop your Pro Series offers. The Equal-i-zer shank works with tongue weights between 600 lbs and 1,400 lbs so there is not going...
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  • Estimated Towing Capacity of a 1991 Chevy 1500 Pickup Truck
  • Normally the towing capacity of a vehicle is in the owner's manual but I do not think Chevy put that information in for the 1991 trucks. You can check for a sticker in the driver's side door jamb. It may list gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and gross vehicle weight rating (GWR or GVWR). Gross combined is the most that the truck and trailer can weigh together. Gross vehicle weight rating is the max amount the truck by itself can weigh. To determine the towing capacity using these...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for Trailer with 400 lb Tongue Weight
  • Yes, a 1,200 lb tongue weight rated weight distribution system would be too much for a setup that only has 400 lbs of tongue weight. You'd have a very rough/harsh ride quality. 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...
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  • How Tight Does Riveted Nuts of Dual Cam Sway Control Get Tightened
  • The set screw of the Dual Cam setup part # RP26002 along with the rivet screws/bolts of this kit hold it in place. You'd want to follow the instructions for the install of the bolts like you see on the attached picture. The rivet screws get secured tightly.
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed on 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee With Self-Leveling System?
  • A sway control system such as your Curt # 17200 only reduces sway after it has already started, which is why you are still experiencing some sway when trucks pass by. So to answer your first question, you will experience a benefit from using the Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET because it uses friction within the spring bars to stop trailer sway altogether (assuming you have the correctly rated system); however, because your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a self-leveling system, you would not see...
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  • Will Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Fit Gen-Y Torsion Weight Distribution Shanks
  • Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution system # BXW2003 is compatible with the following Gen-Y Torsion Weight Distribution Shanks: # 325-GH-1302 (video linked) # 325-GH-1102 # 325-GH-1202 The Gen-Y shanks accept weight distribution heads with holes spaced 1-1/4 inches apart on center with 3/4 inch diameters.
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  • Longer Weight Distribution Shank Needed for the Curt # C17002
  • We do have a variety of weight distribution (WD) shanks that you can swap out with the shank you are using for the Curt # C17002. One of the most popular options that we carry is the Curt # C17123 which has a 7" long shank and allows you to adjust your round bar system to a max 8-1/4" drop or a max 11-3/4" rise. I have also attached a link to our selection of WD shanks that are compatible with a 2" hitch receiver. As long as they have a squared side and don't slope down like part...
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  • Is Pole-Tongue Adapter for Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Systems Needed?
  • I checked out the install guide you referenced and while you do not necessarily have to use the pole tongue adapter with your Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET, it will mean you have a single spring bar and you won't have the same capacity and sway control. We always recommend using the Pole-Tongue Adapter # EQ95-01-5950 for to mount the L-brackets of your Equal-i-zer with a straight-tongue trailer to ensure you get the most out of your system.
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  • How to Choose a Weight Distribution Hitch for 2017 Ford F-150 Towing Travel Trailer
  • In order to choose the best weight distribution system for your 2017 Ford F-150 to tow a travel trailer you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), 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 F-150. The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify it by using a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined...
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  • Weight Distribution for 2016 Chevy Colorado and 4,700 to 6,000 Pound Trailer
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Trailer tongue weight is usually between 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. When your trailer is empty that would make the tongue weight around 470 to 705 pounds. And at 6,000 pounds it would be...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 7,500 Pound Trailer
  • Before getting into my answer I first have to ask if you intend to tow with your 2017 Toyota RAV4? If not you can skip to the second paragraph. The reason I ask is because RAV4 will be an issue. The available trailer hitches are not rated high enough, even with weight distribution, to tow a trailer weighing 7,500 pounds. And when I went to check the vehicle towing capacity in the owner's manual it said if you have an SE model then the vehicle can't be used for towing. For other models it...
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  • How to Select the Best Weight Distribution System
  • The most important thing to know when choosing a weight distribution system is your total tongue weight (TTW), 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 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify it by using a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining tongue...
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  • Recommended Shank with More Drop for Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • We definitely have weight distribution shanks available that will provide the drop you need and work perfectly with your Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66082. I recommend taking a look at the Reese Weight Dist Shank # RP3215. This 13 inch long shank will provide you with up to a 5-3/4 inch drop (or a rise of 11-1/2 inches). If you need even more drop, you can get the Reese Shank # RP3344 which will give you up to a 7-5/8 inch drop. This particular shank can only...
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  • Determining Vehicle Needed to Pull 2018 Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD Travel Trailer
  • Based on my research, your brand new 2018 Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD Travel Trailer has a GVWR of 3,890 pounds. The GVWR refers to the most the trailer can weigh when fully loaded. I was able to pull up the online owner's manuals for both the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and the 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML 350. The Jeep Cherokee with the 3.2L engine and factory tow package has a trailer weight capacity of 4,500 pounds. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML350 can pull a trailer that weighs up to 7,200 pounds....
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System For Towing A Jayco x17z
  • When choosing a weight distribution system, one of the most important factors is to determine the tongue weight of the trailer. Tongue Weight (TW) for weight distribution refers to the tongue weight of your loaded trailer plus the weight of the cargo that sits behind the rear axle of your towing vehicle. Trailer TW is measured using a tongue weight scale # 5780. TW is typically, about 10 to 15 percent of Gross Trailer Weight. According to my research the unloaded vehicle weight of...
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  • Will Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System Work with UFP Surge Brake Actuator A-160
  • From my research the UFP A-160 actuator cannot be used with a weight distribution system so you won't be able to use the Reese Steadi-Flex, part # RP66560. In order to use any weight distribution system I recommend replacing your actuator with an updated unit like the Titan # T4750720. The Titan works with disc brakes, has a higher capacity than your UFP, and even matches the same bolt hole dimensions. Since the straight-tongue trailer you also will need a pole tongue adapter to...
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  • Replacement Mounting Bolts and Rivets Recommendation Reese Dual Cam Sway Control
  • It sounds like you need the thread forming screws that attach the dual-cam sway control brackets to the trailer frame. Is this is correct then you will need set # 58437 for 8 or # 58459 for 2. You also need the rivet nuts, # RP58507, for a set of 4.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 2019 Keystone Bullet Crossfire
  • I do have an option for you but I was not able to find any information on a 2019 Keystone Bullet Crossfire "2710RK". If you have a different model number then please let me know but in order to determine which Strait-Line Weight Distribution System is best for you, you are going to need to find your total tongue weight (TTW). Total tongue weight (TTW) is found by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight (TW) of the trailer to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle....
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  • Where to Mount Spring Bar Support Brackets on Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System # C17499
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt regarding the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System # C17499 that you are installing on your trailer. He said that you can install the support brackets 6 to 6-1/2 inches from the end of the spring bar without issue. This is perfectly fine to do. The ideal bracket position is 4 to 6 inches in from the spring bar but going a bit over the 6 inches is much better than going below the minimum because as you mentioned, you can start to run into the risk of...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with Dry Weight 6,350 lb
  • 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 you go too high you will end up...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Using Dual Cam WD to Replace EAZ Kit
  • The Dual Cam anti-sway device part # RP26002 can only be used with Reese weight distribution systems that have curved ends on them. There's no way to use this system on a different brand and none of the spring bars we offer with curved ends will work on an EAZ system. At this point your best solution would be the Reese kit part # RP66021. Your shank can be used with this sytem as well as the Dual Cam setup you have. This system is also rated similarly at 400-800 lbs of tongue weight.
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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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  • Choosing the Correct Weight Distribution System
  • It sounds like you've got a good start to choosing a weight distribution system. One thing to keep in mind is the 420 pound tongue weight spec of your trailer is its dry tongue weight. Since you're likely to add more than just the 100 or so pounds in the front storage area in the trailer you're better off loading it and then finding its tongue weight. From there add the 100 pounds of gear stored in the rear of the Explorer. I'm guessing with the trailer fully loaded your total figure...
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  • Correct Weight Distribution System for R-pod I80 With 500 lbs Tongue Weight
  • Crazy might be a bit extreme, but the answer is you will not want to use the Curt Weight Distribution System # C17342 with your trailer. This system is rated for use with a total tongue weight (the tongue weight of your loaded R-pod 180 plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2015 Ford F-150) of 900 lbs - 1,000 lbs. That means essentially it will be like you aren't using a weight distribution system at all. As long as your total tongue weight is 500 lbs I recommend...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2017 Winnebago Micro Minnie
  • For your 2017 Winnebago Micro Minnie, I recommend the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Trunnion # FA92-00-0450. This will give you weight distribution and sway control for total tongue weights up to 450 lbs. That includes the loaded trailer tongue weight as well as any cargo behind the rear axle of your Canyon. This system will allow backing up without any change to the system. You will also need a hitch ball like # 40038 for a 2 inch diameter. Then you will...
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  • Replacement Round Bar, L-Pin and Pin and Clip for Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System
  • We have all the replacement parts you need for your Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System # FA94-00-0800, which has an 800 lb tongue weight capacity. Replacement Round Bar: # FA94-02-0899 Replacement L-Pin: # FA92-03-9205 Replacement L-Pin Clip: # FA92-04-9208
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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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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for Trailer with 300 Pound Dry Tongue Weight
  • A weight distribution system is a great idea to help evenly distribute your trailer's weight and eliminate the rear sag that it sounds like you are experiencing on the Odyssey. When picking out a weight distribution system, the most important factor to consider is the total tongue weight of your setup. This number includes both the loaded tongue weight of the trailer (as if loaded and ready for a trip), along with any added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your Honda...
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  • Methods to Determine Vehicle Trailer Towing Capacity
  • The vehicle owner's manual is the best resource for checking capacities such as acceptable towing weight. The other place to find this information is the door jamb plate on the driver's side. Checking with a dealership using the vehicle's VIN is another way. The owner's manual for the 2010 Porsche Cayenne advises to check this door jamb plate and shows how to deduct the weight of passengers and cargo in the vehicle since this weight naturally reduces the towing capacity. This is important...
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  • Which Pro Series Weight Distribution System for Trailer with Unloaded Tongue Weight 480 lb
  • Since your unloaded tongue weight is 480 lbs you'd pretty easily get over the 550 lb tongue weight capacity of the Pro Series WD system part # PS49901 which means you'd want the part # PS49902 instead which has a range of 550 to 750 lbs.
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Keystone Bullet 22 RBPR
  • 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. The Fastway weight distribution...
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  • Troubleshooting Husky Centerline Hitch with Too Much Tension on Trunnion Bars
  • Your Husky Center Line Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # HT32218 will allow you to adjust the tension in your bars by adjusting either the hitch head angle or the bracket height on the trailer frame. To disengage the bars, you can use the same spring bar lift tool used to install the bars. This will allow you to control the release of tension. I've attached some videos and have attached the installation details to further assist.
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  • Can a 2015 Kia Sedona Safely Tow a 3,700 Pound Jayco Travel Trailer
  • What I recommend is a trailer that has a gross trailer weight that meets or is under the towing capacity of your 2015 Kia Sedona which is 3,500 pounds as long as the trailer has brakes. You can tow a trailer rated higher provided that the actual weight of the trailer does not exceed that 3,500 pound tow vehicle capacity. So they aren't lying about that but you do run the risk of overloading the tow vehicle by going with a heavier trailer. You will likely need suspension enhancement...
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  • Recommended 2-5/16-Inch Hitch Ball for Use with Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System EQ37060ET
  • Yes, you can use a 2-5/16-inch hitch ball # EQ91-00-6100 with the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System # EQ37060ET that is rated for 6000-lbs. This system does not come with the ball so you can use the one above or a 2-inch ball # EQ91-00-6080. Either way, Equal-i-zer recommends a thin-walled socket like # ALL643216 for installing the hitch ball.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2016 Lifted Jeep and Jayco Pop-Up Camper
  • The single bar weight distribution system we do not carry any longer as it was discontinued by the manufacturer. They stopped making that in 2013 as there were so many things that got in the way like a trailer jack on the A-frame trailers. For your 2016 lifted Jeep and 2017 Jayco 10SD pop-up camper, I recommend getting the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control # FA92-00-0450 along with hitch ball # 40038 and thin walled socket # ALL643216. Then for your deep drop,...
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  • Help Installing Weight Distribution System on a 2007 Cadillac Escalade with Automatic Air Bags
  • First check the instructions of your current weight distribution (WD) system as well as the owner's manual for your 2007 Cadillac Escalade. Some WD systems are not rated to work with air bags on a vehicle and some vehicles do not allow the use of a WD system. If both permit the use of the other then the next step would be getting both systems to work together. I spoke with my contact at Reese about how to get this to work with their Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66088 and...
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  • How to Use Air Bags with a Weight Distribution System on a Ford F-350
  • When using a set of airbags with a weight distribution system you will first want to set the pressure in the airbags until you have taken the majority of the vehicle sag out of the equation then set the spring bars on the weight distribution system to get rid of the remaining sag. There is not an exact psi that the bags will need to be set as this will vary depending on the tongue weight of the trailer. The psi range in the airbags can be anywhere from 5-100 psi. If you do not have an...
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  • Will Curt Replacement Spring Bar # C17113 Fit Higher Rated Curt Weight Distribution System # C17062
  • You can indeed swap out the spring bars on the Curt MV Weight Distribution System # C17062 with the lower rated Curt Spring Bar # C17113 to bring its tongue weight capacity range down to 600 to 800 pounds. The bars feature the same diameter and are interchangeable on your system. No additional hardware will be needed when making this conversion. This is a perfect solution if you switch to a lighter trailer so that the system won't be over-rated, which can cause a pretty rough ride that...
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  • Maximum Rise and Drop of Reese Strait Line Weight Distribution # RP66086
  • The max rise for the Reese Straitline kit part # RP66086 is 6-1/2 inches and the max drop is 1-1/4. For a shank with quite a bit more rise and drop we have the Curt # C17123. Which can do up to 8-1/4 inches of drop and 11-3/4 inches of rise.
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  • Towing a Trailer With a 2010 Honda Odyssey
  • By all means, take your children camping! I took a look at the owner's manual for a 2010 Honda Odyssey and it looks like the maximum total trailer weight (the weight of your loaded trailer) you Odyssey can tow is going to depend on the number of occupants. According to the manual, the number of occupants is calculated at 150 lbs per person, so take that into account, though it seems likely your Odyssey will still have enough capacity for a 2,300 lb trailer, just be mindful of the amount...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for 2016 Jayco 195RB
  • 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. Your loaded tongue weight would...
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  • Equal-I-Zer Weight Distribution Recommendation for Sonic Travel Trailer SN190VRB
  • 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. Since your tongue weight is 330...
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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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  • Correct Curt Weight Distribution System for Towing a 2018 Keystone Bullet Premier Ultra Light 30RIPR
  • It looks like your current system is a Curt MV like part # C17052 which is supposed to help with the distribution of weight but doesn't include any sway control. This is why you were having issues with the wind. There are friction sway control bars like part # 17200 that you can add to your system but they are not as effective as a system that has the sway control integrated into it. The Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution (WD) # C17500 does have integrated sway control so it will help...
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  • Hitch Ball Angle of Weight Distribution System and Head Adjustment Options
  • The Husky Center Line # HT32218 has an adjustable head like most weight distribution systems so you do have the ability to tweak the tilt if desired. Based on your photo and description that the truck and trailer are level and the tilt of the head is only slightly forward the setup will work fine. If you want to have a more level head, you can adjust the head position and then readjust your spring bar brackets for desired fit. I've linked an article on weight distribution systems to...
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  • Recommended Lubricant for Noisy Weight Distribution System
  • The Husky Center Line Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # HT32218 will have some noise based on the metal on metal friction designed to control sway. If there is excessive noise, you can use the Equal-i-zer High-Performance Lubricant - 4 oz # EQ91-00-4250 which can be used on the hitch ball, the head and the bar sockets, but is not intended to be used on the bars and lift brackets because that would minimize the sway control aspect.
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  • Weight of Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System
  • The Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Hitch # FA92-00-0600 weighs 74 lbs. This system has a tongue weight capacity of 250 lbs - 600 lbs and uses spring bars which create friction within their brackets to help control trailer sway.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 900 lb Trailer Tongue Weight
  • The Curt Weight Distribution System w Sway Control # C17323 will work well for your 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and trailer with 900 lb tongue weight as long as that is the loaded tongue weight and you have less than 100 lbs in your vehicle behind the rear axle. This system does not allow backing up to due to the friction bar sway control. If you disconnect that bar, you do not need to disconnect the rest of the system when backing up. A better option is the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution...
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  • Turning Restrictions When Using Weight Distribution System # 17342
  • With the Curt Weight Distribution System # C17342 your turning will not really be any more restricted than your regular turning with trailer attached unless you have frame that sits lower than your coupler. That lower frame along with the additional width of the head or the bar height could hit your trailer frame or weight distribution system head and cause contact. You will need to check your specific trailer fit to see what turning restrictions you have based on this if any. If you...
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