Do I Need a Weight Distribution System To Pull a 2,000 Lb Trailer With a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee


I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Edition that came with a towing package installed. I am wanting to tow a camper/trailer with a dry weight of 1800#. The towing capacity of the Trailhawk is 6200#. My question is tongue weight - my camper/trailer loaded loaded will have a tongue rate in the range of 450#. Do I need to look at WDS or will what I have work? I do have a sway bar and an Electronic braking system installed. Thank you


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The general rule of thumb is that if the actual weight of the trailer is more than 50% of the vehicle's actual weight then a weight distribution system is recommended. According to my research, your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will weigh between 4,500 to 5,000 lbs and your trailer when fully loaded will likely be near half of this weight so I do recommend you use a weight distribution system. Also, the built-in sway control on a weight distribution system is generally much more effective than that of an independent sway control bar like the Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems part # 17200 which requires drilling into the trailer frame as well.

For a weight distribution system with built-in sway control, I recommend the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control part # EQ37060ET. The Equal-i-zer system is highly reviewed, easy to use once setup properly, and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is also the only system on the market with a forged head and it is made right here in the USA. I have attached a review video for you.

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