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Weight Distribution Recommendation for Trailer with 600 lb Unloaded Tongue Weight  


I am in the market for a weight distribution / away hitch . I have been looking at the Husky 32218, I assume that this is a complete kit and has everything someone would need to get hitched and rolling ? Or are there additional pieces needed that I will not be aware of until I in the process of assembling. Another question is TW I have a 2016 Ford F-350 SRW truck , the trailer is a 28foot with 600 pound Hitch weight that is 5.030 pounds dry weight , GVWR of 7,600 pounds and a 2532 pound payload capacity . Does this mean I stick to a 600 pound tongue weight hitch ? I would think that I would need to cushion that weight for hauling items in the bed of the truck , or storage compartment on front end of the trailer . What would you recommend with the information provided ? Last thing that I am worried about is getting the proper level of the truck and trailer . My truck seems to sit high in the rear end even though it is factory stock and I am concerned that I will need more of a than what the standard shank provides . Can you tell me if you have had this problem with the supplied shanks needing more ? My last question , I am looking at the Husky line of hitch , with that being said and what I have told You about my rig what would you recommend for a hitch? Thank you for any and all help,


Helpful Expert Reply:

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.

Your tongue weight being around 600 lbs unloaded is most likely going to be too low for the Husky part # HT32218 when loaded as this has a range of 800 to 1,200 lbs and would feel very harsh.

Better option would be the Reese Strait Line part # RP66084 which has a range of 600-1,200 lbs tongue weight. This also features the only sway control designed to work to fight sway before it starts. This system comes with a shank that allows up to 1-1/4 inch drop. If you need more drop you'll want the part # RP66074 instead with a drop shank like # C17124.

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

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