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Recommended Weight Distribution System for a Trailer with Tongue Weight of 500-600 lbs

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Hello, Im considering a WDH setup for towing a ~4,800lb trailer behind a 2004 Lincoln Navigator. Without WDH my rear axle is within 10lb of rated limit. In looking at two options you have, I noticed the hitch inch is very little. The top of hitch receiver on the Navigator is ~20inch while the bottom of tongue on the trailer is ~13.5inch so we need about 6inch . I dont have a tongue weight gauge but Im assuming 5-600lb based on overall trailer weight. What would you recommend? I was looking at PS49902 FA94-00-0800

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Expert Reply:

You always want to check your weight ratings and how much your equipment weighs before going on a trip to make sure that you are within your weight capacities. Another thing to keep in mind is that your Tongue Weight (TW) should be between 10-15 percent of your trailer.

When looking at a WD system you will want to make sure that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your loaded and ready-to-go setup falls in the middle of the range of the WD system that you choose. You can find your TTW by adding the TW of your loaded and ready-to-go trailer plus any weight behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. You can find your TW using a Tongue Weight Scale # 5780.

Out of the Pro Series Weight Distribution System # PS49902 and the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution # FA94-00-0800 I recommend going with the Fastway e2. The Pro Series option has a weight range of 550-750 lbs of TW so if your setup is at 500 lbs then the Pro Series WD will make your ride too stiff. The other thing is that you will have to disconnect the friction anti-sway bar when you would like to backup.

The Fastway e2 has a weight range of 400-800 lbs which is better suited for a TW of 500-600 lbs, plus it will allow you to backup without having to get out of your vehicle to disconnect anything.

If you figure out the TTW of your setup and it is not within the 500-600 lb range just let me know what it is and I can make some recommendations for you.

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Thank you for your response. One concern I have is in the specs it shows "Maximum drop: 1-5/8" from top of hitch receiver opening" For the trailer to tow level I need ~ 6" drop. I have a 6" drop ball mount now, and the trailer is level when hooked up. The Navigator has automatic air suspension so there is no "sag" at the rear and should be the same with or without WDH. Is this spec incorrect, or is there another system I would need to get to give me 6" of drop for the hitch ball? Thank you,

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You can purchase a shank that will give you the proper Drop that you need. The Fastway e2 # FA92-02-4315 has a max Drop of 6-1/2 inches so it will be the perfect solution for you.

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