How to Pick out a Weight Distribution System for a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Towing a 35 ft Travel Trailer

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I know you get this all the time , but here I go anyway. looking to tow a 35foot TT 6,1000lbs dry weight, Passport Grand Touring 3220BH. The truck,2008 ram 1500 quad cab, is equiped with factory tow package class IV hitch, 7 pin wire harness, HD tans cooler, 3.92rear end, 5.7l Hemi. 6ft bed. wheel base 140.??inches. I have come across two diff numbers for max towing 7,500 and 8,500 lbs Any recomendation/oppinion on weight distribution and anti sway set up. If I am crazy please dont be afraid to say so.

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The most reliable way to get towing capacities on a vehicle is to check the owners manual. There can be a lot of contradictory information floating around the internet so I would recommend you either check your owners manual or contact a Dodge dealer.

The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of a setup. Once you know that you can pick out a system that will work the best for you. You should note that any weight from cargo behind the rear axle of your truck should be counted as tongue weight. I attached an FAQ article on how to determine tongue weight for you to check out also.

Chances are the Reese Weight Distribution System # RP66542 that you referenced would be a good choice for you but I would still recommend you confirm what your loaded tongue weight will be before you pick out a system. You will want to pick out a system that encompasses the loaded tongue weight.

I attached an FAQ on weight distribution systems for you to check out also.

You will need a ball too. If you need a 2 inch ball you would want a Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter # A-90, or if you need a 2-5/16 inch ball you would need a part # A19286.

Since you mentioned a sway control system you might also be interested in a Reese Dual-Cam Sway Control System # RP26002.

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