Does Weight of Weight Distribution System Count as Tongue Weight When Picking Out System

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I have read that you should know the weight of the trailer tongue and the weight behind the axle of your tow vehicle, but what about the weight of a camper shell that is evenly distributed on the truck bed. Also, should I factor in the weight of the hitch and weight distribution system before making a determination of total tongue weight?

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This is a really good question! So we've posed this to the manufacturers of the weight distribution systems we carry and they have told us that the weight of the weight distribution system does not get factored into the tongue weight figure you use to determine the correct system. This is due to fact it basically becomes a part of the hitch so it does not add to anything. So with just the trailer tongue weight when loaded and the weight of cargo behind the vehicle rear axle you'd be able to set the system up.

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