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Installation Instructions for the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution # BXW1000

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Looking at he Blue Ox BXW1000. Factory states to disable any suspension mods when installing but fails to mention what to do after the install for actual towing. I have air bags on my Tundra and need some air in them to prevent damage when towing. So how would I treat this after the install and ready to tow? Compensate height or install with recommended air in bags not what OEM suggests . All rather confusing.Looks like a great hitch and really unhappy with the Curt that I presently have.

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Since the instructions for the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution # BXW1000 state that any air-ride shock absorbers, air springs, or automatic leveling systems need to be disabled or deflated to the manufacturer's minimum recommended pressure prior to installing the system, you will need to leave it in that state while using the Blue Ox system. If you were to inflate them after installing the WD system then they would be working against each other.

If you would rather retain the use of the air bags on your 2015 Toyota Tundra I recommend using a Reese Strait-Line system instead. The instructions state to set your air bags to the desired height before installing the Weight Distribution (WD) system. I like to recommend the Strait-Line system because it is one of the few systems like the Blue Ox system that you referenced which works to prevent sway before it starts as opposed to correcting it.

The Strait-Line system is one of our most popular and has received great reviews from our customers as well! For a system rated similar to the SwayPro # BXW1000 I recommend the Strait-Line # RP66084 which actually has a wider TW range of 600 lbs - 1,200 lbs. This system comes with a shank, but the hitch ball is sold separately. For a 2 inch hitch ball you can use part # A-90, or for a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball you can use part # 19286.

You will want to be sure that the WD system that you choose has a TW range that your Total Tongue Weight (TTW) falls in the middle of. Your TTW can be found by adding the TW of your fully loaded and ready-to-go trailer along with the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your Tundra. Keep in mind that a properly loaded trailer will have a TW that is 10-15% of the weight of the loaded trailer.

I have attached review videos and the installation instructions for both WD systems.

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Jon G

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Is there a disadvantage or negative using this 12k hitch for a 10k toy hauler with air bags on my 2015 Tundra 4x4 ? Also is there a advantage or disadvantage with the Trunion style over the round bar style ? Like backing up, longevity or .. ? Many thanks.

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There really is no disadvantage in using the Strait-Line # RP66084 to pull your 10K Toy Hauler with your 2015 Tundra that has air bags. You will just want to be sure to follow the above instructions about TTW and inflating your air bags prior to installing the WD system.

The only time that a WD system will not allow you to back up is when a Friction Sway Control Unit, like part # 83660, is used. It will need to be disengaged before backing up.

Most trunnion and round bar style WD systems are coming out with built-in anti-sway so the use of friction sway control units are becoming less of a common thing. The only real difference between trunnion and round bar WD systems is that trunnion systems have more ground clearance due to the way that the round bars are installed.

As long as the 600 lbs - 1,200 lbs TW of the Strait-Line # RP66084 is correct for your setup, I recommend going with this system.

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