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Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation for 8,500 lb Travel Trailer

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Can I use a 7500 lb. Weight Distribution Hitch to tow my 8500 lb. Travel Trailer?

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While you can use a weight distribution hitch rated for up to 7,500 lbs to tow an 8,500 lb travel trailer, you won't get any of the benefits so it is not something that would be ideal.

In order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify it by using a scale such as the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701.

From there, simply add on the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle and you'll have your TTW. The ideal system would be one in which your TTW falls somewhere in the middle of the weight distribution system's tongue weight capacity.

For a trailer with an 8,500 lb GVWR I highly recommend the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System with Sway Control # RP66561.

This system is rated for TTWs between 700 lbs and 1,400 lbs so your travel trailer will have a TTW in the middle of that rating. It uses friction in the spring bars to ensure you never have to worry about your trailer swaying. It also uses clamp-on brackets so you won't have to drill along your trailer frame, and allows you to back up with the system on. For a hitch ball you will need either 2" Hitch Ball # A-90 or 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # 19286.

I have added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.

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