Weight Distribution System Recommendation For A 2018 Chevy Colorado Pulling A 4,147lbTravel Trailer

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Hi..I have a 2018 Chevy Colorado with the 3.6L V6 engine and will be towing a 4147 lb travel trailer with a hitch weight of 415 lbs. The TV has a 7000 tow capacity. Do I need a WDH? If so which one and do I need sway control as well? Sorry about this, but new to towing. Thanks for your help!

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I would recommend a weight distribution system for this application. You will notice in many towing situations that vehicles sag in the rear under the downward force of the trailer coupler. This can cause lift to the front of the vehicle and that increases the chance of sway and lessens towing safety.

If the 4147lbs is the dry weight of your travel trailer, that's a good start but you will need to know your fully loaded, ready to tow weight if you don't have that. A scale like the BetterWeigh # C51701 can help make this simple. You also need to add in the weight of any cargo behind your axle on your Colorado too.

Once you have your total tongue weight, a weight distribution system like the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution w/ 4-Point Sway Control TW # EQ37061ET is my recommendation. The 4 point sway control utilizing brackets and spring loaded trunnion bars will help maintain tension to reduce sway in your tow setup. Should you got this route, you will also need an adjustable shank such as # EQ90-02-4300 to ensure you're as close to level as possible, as well as a thin walled socket # EQ70-00-4800 for installing the hitch ball.

Included is a great Help Article that outlines the fundamentals on weight distribution systems and video resources for additional information.

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