Best Weight Distribution System for 2012 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi W/4 Lift and 7,500 lb Travel Trailer

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Hi Experts, I have a 2012 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi 4x4 Crew Cab Express with a 4inch suspension lift, 20x10 rims with 35inch Tires. I am looking at purchasing my first travel trailer and am very excited! Based on my extensive research it looks like the tow specs for my VIN are: Dead Weight Hitch: 5000 lbs. Max Tongue Weight: 500 lbs. Max Tow Weight W/Weight Dist. System: 8500-10000 lbs. Max Tongue Weight W/Weight Dist. System: 1275-1500 lbs. I am looking at travel trailers from 6000-7500 lbs and 26-32 ft. long. Which weight system do you recommend? Will I be okay with a 7500 lb rig with a weight system. Thanks!

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You will be okay with a 7,500 lb travel trailer with an appropriate weight distribution system based on the numbers you gave. Because you don't know what trailer you will be getting yet, the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control # RP66561 is a great option because the total tongue weight range of this system is 700 to 1400 lbs which is a broader range than most. The total tongue weight is the loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of the truck.

Then you will need the 2 inch hitch ball # A-90 or the 2-5/16 inch ball # 19286. Based on the 4 inch lift on your truck, you will also need a drop shank like # C17123.

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Thank you Jason!!! Do have a preference between the Reece system and the equalizer system? I don’t mind spending the extra money on the equalizer if it’s worth it. Also so you see any major issues with a 26ft vs 32’ trailer as long as the weight specs are in line? I really appreciate the feedback and will be riding from your site! Best regards,

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The Equal-I-zer weight distribution system # EQ37140ET is one of the best on the market if you know your total tongue weight is between 1,000 and 1,400 lbs. Equal-I-zer was the first to make this style of system and has continued to be a market leader because of the quality. It comes with the hitch ball, but you will need a thin walled socket like # ALL643216 for installation.

If you really want brand name, the Equal-I-zer name is more reputable as this is their specialty area, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either system.

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