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Weight Distribution System for a 2012 Ford F-150 and 7,800 Pound Travel Trailer

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I have a 2012 Ford F150 and just bought a Travel Trailer that weighs 6200 dry and can carry another 1600lbs of gear. That works out to about 7800 lbs. Looking on your web site online, I can only find the 4 point equalizer this is the one that i want in a 10,000GTWR and 1000lb ball hitch. Do you carry a 8000lb Gross trailer weight, 800 lb ball hitch or will the 10,000 Lb unit be OK?

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The 10,000 pound capacity system, # EQ37120ET, would be the better choice. The reason is how weight distribution systems should be chosen. You would not go by gross trailer weight capacity (unless it was not rated high enough) but instead go by the total tongue weight.

Total tongue weight is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If your trailer is loaded to capacity at 7.800 pounds and typical tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, that would put just the trailer tongue weight at 780 to 1,170 pounds. If you have items behind the rear axle of the truck, the tongue weight would be even higher.

So there is a chance that even the 1,000 pound system will not be rated high enough. But if you are under 1,000 pounds, go with # EQ37120ET. If the total tongue weight is above 1,000 pounds but below 1,200 pounds, go with # RP66560. You will need to add a properly sized ball, # A-90 for a 2 inch or # 19286 for a 2-5/16 inch.

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