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What Weight Distribution System for 2010 Town and Country Pulling Coleman Utah Pop-Up Trailer

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2010 Chrysler town and country pulling a coleman Utah pop up gvwr 3500. what weight distribution system should I use?

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First it is important that you confirm your vehicle towing capacity. The LX version of the 2010 Town and Country has a tow rating of 1800-lbs; the touring/limited version has a maximum tow rating of 3800-lbs. Your owners manual or local dealership can give you confirmation of the towing capacity for your vehicle.

When a trailer weighs more than 50-percent of the tow vehicle a weight distribution system may be called for. The 2010 Chrysler Town and Country has a curb weight of 4335- to 4621-lbs depending on the version. Based on this your 3500-lb Coleman Utah pop-up could merit use of a weight distribution system. I would be careful to consider the weight of your gear that will be loaded in the pop-up; you might exceed the trailer capacity.

In order to add a weight distribution system your hitch must be rated for such use. Both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches are offered for your vehicle (all can be seen on the included link). Class III hitches can be used with weight distribution but not the Class II types. You can check you hitch safety sticker for an indication that it is suitable for use with weight distribution systems. If you happen to have a Class II hitch, you cannot use weight distribution. Also, since all of the Class II hitches we offer for your car have a 3500-lb maximum towing capacity you might do well to replace the existing hitch with a Class III since your trailer weight is also 3500-lbs, right at the Class II hitch limit.

Once you know your vehicle and hitch are capable of towing your camper, and that your hitch can be used with weight distribution, then you can select a system based on your camper's fully-loaded road-ready tongue weight, with the camper loaded with all supplies and gear just as it will be when you are traveling. Loaded tongue weight is the key measure for selecting an appropriate weight distribution system. You also need to add in the weight of anything behind the tow vehicle's rear axIe, such as loaded cooler. I have linked an article that covers several methods for accurately measuring tongue weight and another concerning the various types of systems offered.

I also included a link to our main page for weight distribution/sway control systems. You can select your fully-loaded tongue weight at the top of the page to see systems that will work for your trailer. The filters at the left-hand side of the page will allow you to narrow the product results to those with the features and characteristics you prefer.

For example, if your measured tongue weight is 400-lbs an excellent choice is the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66082. This system prevents sway from starting in the first place. You'll also need a hitch ball # A-90.

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