Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Pole Tongue Trailer that Weighs 5,400 lbs

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I have an Ice Castle House that is a single pole tongue and the weight of the unit is approx. 5400lbs. I pull this with a 1/2 chevy pickup. What system would you suggest for my application? I have the air bags as well on the truck. Another question I have is will this WD system help the truck and reduce the amount of shifting? I was not sure if it would help in that area. Thank you

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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. A system like this can be used with air bags, but you first want to set up the psi in the bags before setting up the WD system. This will also help with shifting or sway.

If your trailer weighs 5,400 lbs that means the tongue weight will be between 540 and 810 lbs which would work great with the Reese # RP66541 which has a tongue weight range of 400 to 800 lbs. You'd then also need the pole tongue adapter part # RP58393 since your trailer is a pole tongue.

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

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I am not sure I have the room for the pole adapter you suggested. Being the front cranks down I have limited room. I was thinking of using EQ95-01-5950. What system would you suggest with this adapter?

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That pole tongue adapter # EQ95-01-5950 would be a great solution. You'd then need a Fastway weight distribution system similarly rated like the # EQ37100ET which has a tongue weight range of 600 to 1,000 lbs.

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