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Upgrading 1,000 lb Tongue Weight Equalizer System to 1,200 lb System Recommendation

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looking to buy this trailer,, its weight is: Unloaded Vehicle Wt UVW 6,850 lbs. Hitch Weight 810 lbs. I have equalizer 1000 pounds WD, we will use it for short trips in the Midwest and will not load it with liquids and to the max capacity weight, until we get the newer Durango SRT coming out later this year. Do you think it will be OK to pull it with My Durnago R/T 5.7 l HEMI, we will be traveling family of 4, 2 adult and 2 little kids. Thank you

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If you have a 1,000 lb tongue weight Equalizer like part # EQ37100ET and your trailer has a tongue weight of 810 lbs this would be an ideal setup.

Now realistically your tongue weight is going to be a bit more once the trailer is loaded so swapping to 1,200 lb spring bars like part # EQ90-01-1299 would be the best overall solution.

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Brian

I have a single axel 20ft long travel trailer. I have added two 6volt batteries to the front and a stromberg tongue mounted cargo carrier. The original dry tongue weight before the additions, water , propane, and supplies was 410lbs. Would a 10000lbs or 12000lbs EQUILIZER hitch be overkill or about right?

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Reply from Chris R.

This depends a bit on just how heavy that cargo carrier is, but also note that any added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle needs to be included in the total tongue weight as well. The 1K # EQ37100ET is good for a total tongue weight of 600 to 1,000 pounds, so with all that in mind there's a pretty good chance you're comfortably within that ranged. It also wouldn't hurt to verify this using a tongue weight scale like # 5780 .

Brian

For clarification. If I already have the 1000lbs equilizer hitch, am I able to increase to 1200lbs by only swapping out the spring bars? or would I need to buy a new head as well?

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Reply from Chris R.

The higher rated 1,200 pound Spring Bars # EQ90-01-1299 do require a different head unit, so you would need to als replace your existing head with part # EQ90-02-1200 to make this upgrade.

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