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Is 1,200 lb Tongue Weight Equal-i-zer Too Heavy Rated for Trailer with 596 lb Tongue Weight

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So I have a 2020 Coleman Light 2515RL, which is listed in the brochure as being 5545 lbs Dry 2055 lbs cargo with a 596 lb hitch weight. My truck is a 2018 Toyota Tundra Crewmax. When I first started shopping around, I found a good deal on an Equalizer 4 point anti-sway WDH, the 90-00-1200 1,200 lb hitch weight and 12,000 lb trailer weight, which I ended up getting. My question is pretty simple: do I have too much WDH for the trailer? This was our first RV, and one of the first big mistakes that I fear we made is believing that more was better when it came to the WDH. We dont really load a lot of stuff into the trailer we dont even use the fresh water tanks, so I dont expect well come anywhere near 2,000 pounds cargo. Its probably closer to 200-300 pounds of stuff that we put in there, max. So we essentially have a 6,000 pound trailer sitting on an equalizer designed for 12,000 lbs. My worry is 2 fold: first that the sway control will simply be negated because the trailer doesnt weight enough, and second that I might bend the a-frame of the trailer. Folks on forums have horror stories of bent frames and terrible sway, so Ive been concerned over this. My first drive was a white knuckle experience, so I cant tell if the RV dealer just installed it wrong or if it really is too much. Thanks!

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You have way too much weight distribution for the tongue weight of your towing setup. What you typically experience when using a WD system that is rated too high is a really rough ride quality. Since the bars are so rigid I could see there possibly being an issue with the trailer getting bent if you went over severe enough bumps but that's not something we've seen or experienced here.

We do have a pretty easy solution for you as you can replace the spring bars and head of your current system with a lower rated set which will work much better. We have the springs bars # EQ90-02-1099 (sold individually) which have a tongue weight between 600 and 1,000 lbs which would be ideal for your setup. The matching head you'd need is the part # EQ90-02-1000. Since the different bar weight ranges have different dimensions you have to change heads when you change bars too.

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Along with the main question: Whats the best device to weigh my tongue weight with, and what sort of torque wrench would I need to assemble/disassemble this? If it is installed incorrectly too many washers, etc, then I would probably want to try to correct it myself to get it just right. Thanks!

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We have tongue weight scales like the part # 5780 that you'd set the jack of your trailer onto to give you an accurate weight or you could use the BetterWeigh part # C51701 which plugs into your OBDII port and uses the vehicle's suspension and computer to let you know the weight of the trailer.

We have torque wrenches like the Powerbuilt Dual Drive part # ALL944001 which has a 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch drive so it can work with basically anything you'd ever need to use a torque wrench with.

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