Weight Distribution System for a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 with Varying Tongue Weight

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Hello eTrailer, Id like to put some more weight onto my 6.5x12foot utility trailer made of square tubing rated for 7500 pounds. By itself, the trailer is heavy: it weighs at least 1800 pounds, and the tongue weight is about 300 pounds. My 2013 Sierra 1500 max tongue weight is 500 pounds, but is 800 with a WD hitch. Id like to start loading up the trailer with 5500 to 7000 pounds, which would be too much for regular hitch, but within the limits of a WD hitch. Is it possible to use a WD hitch on a utility trailer? Do WD hitches limit the amount that a trailer can turn in relation to the truck? I ask that because Ive got to get into some tight spaces. Finally, when I want to drive with the trailer at a lower weight like when its empty, can I just leave the spring bars off, or can I adjust the spring bars differently depending on the weight on the trailer? Thanks!

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Weight distribution systems can be used on utility trailer. For a system that would work well with a setup that weighs up to 800 lbs the part # RP66542 would be a great option. This system has a tongue weight range of 600-1,200 lbs. You will need to keep in mind that the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the truck will need to be considered as tongue weight as well.

When you install a weight distribution system you can set it up for varying tongue weights, but it's not exactly a quick setup. Most likely you will want to set it up once for how your trailer will be loaded when it is loaded at it's heaviest and then when you are below 500 lbs tongue weight remove the spring bars.

When you have a WD system installed you don't want to jackknife the trailer. If you find your self in a situation where you really need to get into a tight turn you will need to remove the spring bars.

For a 2 inch ball you would want part # A-90 and for a 2-5/16 inch ball # 19286.

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