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Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12K GTW, 1.2K TW

Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12K GTW, 1.2K TW

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Lindsey S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Experience pretty significant trailer sway on a regular basis
  • Don't want to have waste time with difficult, outdated adjustment methods during setup
  • Have a trailer with 600 lbs – 1,200 lbs of tongue weight

No, if you:

  • Want a maintenance-free hitch - you'll have to tighten and eventually replace the friction pads on this
  • Hate noise - the friction pads minimize grinding sounds, but the system is still pretty loud during turns
  • Don't have a big problem with trailer sway - you might just end up with a really rigid ride
Friction in brackets and in head works to prevent and correct trailer sway. Chainless brackets with automotive-style friction pads hold spring bars firmly in place to help keep trailer in line with your tow vehicle. Adjustable shank included. Great Prices for the best weight distribution hitch from Reese. Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12K GTW, 1.2K TW part number RP66560 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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Reese Weight Distribution Hitch - RP66560

  • 1000 lbs
  • 1100 lbs
  • 700 lbs
  • 800 lbs
  • 900 lbs
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • WD With Sway Control
  • Allows Backing Up
  • Includes Shank
  • Reese
  • Prevents Sway
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible
  • 4-Point

Friction in brackets and in head works to prevent and correct trailer sway. Chainless brackets with automotive-style friction pads hold spring bars firmly in place to help keep trailer in line with your tow vehicle. Adjustable shank included.


Features:

  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of tow vehicle and trailer for stability and control
    • Creates a more level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer
  • Integrated sway control limits side-to-side movement of trailer
    • Brackets keep spring bars in place for a rigid system that holds your trailer in line
      • No lift chains - eliminates unwanted movement of spring bars
      • Automotive-grade friction material lines brackets to help correct any sway that may occur due to winds, curvy roads, or sudden maneuvers
    • System head provides frictional resistance to limit movement of spring bars
  • Trunnion spring bars are hot rolled and tapered for superior strength and flexibility
    • Bars flex appropriately over uneven terrain for a controlled, even ride
  • Desired tilt is easily achieved using preset positions on system head - no more piling on washer after washer
  • No-drill, clamp-on brackets can adjust along the trailer frame to accommodate frame-mounted items such as gas tanks, toolboxes or generators
  • Included lift handle eases installation by reducing lifting required by trailer jack
  • Corrosion-resistant powder coat is long-lasting
  • System includes head assembly, adjustable shank, trunnion spring bars, sway control brackets, lift handle, pin and clip, and all necessary hardware
    • Hitch ball sold separately - requires 1-1/4" diameter shank


Specs:

  • Tongue weight: 600 lbs - 1,200 lbs
  • Gross towing weight: 12,000 lbs
  • Fits: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers rated for use with weight distribution systems
  • Maximum trailer frame height: 6"
  • Sway control bracket positioning: 27" - 32" back from center of coupler
  • Shank length:
    • 8-3/4" From center of hitch pin hole to center of adjustment holes
    • 9-3/4" From center of hitch pin hole to front of shank
    • 8" From center of hitch pin hole to back of shank
    • 13" Overall
  • Total height adjustment along shank: 8-3/4"
    • Maximum rise: 8-3/4"
    • Maximum drop: 4"
    • Overall height: 10"
    • Holes are spaced 1-1/4" apart on center
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Included w/ SystemRequired - Sold SeparatelyOptional Add-Ons
  • Adjustable Shank
  • System Head
  • 2 Sway Control Brackets
  • 2 Spring Bars
  • Lift Bar
  • Hitch Pin and Clip
  • Necessary Installation Hardware
  • Hitch Ball w/ 1-1/4" Diameter Shank
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Weight Distributing Hitch

Create a stable ride for your tow vehicle and trailer with a weight distribution hitch. Adding spring bars to your towing system applies leverage, which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer, resulting in an even distribution of weight throughout. The result is a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow the maximum capacity of your hitch.



Selecting a Weight Distribution System

The tongue weight rating is the most important factor in determining which size weight distribution system you should use. If the bars of the system you choose are rated too high for your setup, they will create a rigid ride, which can result in a bouncing trailer. If, on the other hand, the bars are not rated high enough, the system will be unable to properly distribute the weight, rendering it virtually useless.


To determine the proper weight rating for a weight distribution system, you must first determine your trailer's tongue weight. Then add to that the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. These two measurements make up the tongue weight rating for a weight distribution system.


Integrated Dependent Sway Control

The Steadi-Flex weight distribution system works to stop trailer sway before it begins. This is achieved in 2 ways. First, the system head is designed to firmly hold the spring bars in place to provide tight resistance and help ensure that your trailer tracks behind your vehicle. Second, the spring bar brackets that mount on your trailer's frame produce friction with the bars whenever any side-to-side motion occurs. This keeps the bars from moving, also helping to hold your trailer in a straight line.


System Head with Steel-on-Steel Friction

System Head

The head of the Steadi-Flex system firmly holds the spring bars in place at the hitch point. This tight hold helps to keep the bars from moving, which in turn helps to ensure that the trailer is held firmly in place behind your vehicle. If any sway or side-to-side movement does occur, the spring bars will move only slightly inside of the system's head. This steel-on-steel contact produces frictional resistance to limit further side-to-side motion of the bars, limiting the motion of your trailer in the process. The Steadi-Flex head is wider than most weight distribution heads. This design allows for greater surface area for the spring bars to move against. This makes it easier to produce the friction that resists sway.


Sway Control Brackets with Automotive-Grade Friction Material

Friction Material Brackets

The spring bars attach to the trailer frame with fixed, sturdy steel brackets. They sit on top of the brackets instead of being suspended by chains like the bars that are on traditional weight distribution systems. Chain suspensions typically allow a good deal of side-to-side play in the system. Because the Steadi-Flex has brackets in place of chains, that unwanted movement of the spring bars is eliminated. This helps to keep your trailer in line behind your vehicle. In addition, these brackets create friction to limit any side-to-side movement that may occur. When each spring bar on the Steadi-Flex system moves within the bracket, it rubs along the surface of the bracket, creating friction. This resistance limits the movement of the spring bar, thus preventing further side-to-side movement of the trailer.


Friction Material

Most systems with sway control brackets use bare steel brackets to create friction with the steel bars. Steel-on-steel friction typically causes a much louder ride, and it can result in wear and tear on the brackets themselves. The Steadi-Flex brackets, on the other hand, are lined with automotive-grade friction material. This material is more abrasive than bare steel, which allows more friction to build up faster and easier. The long-lasting friction material also reduces the banging noise created by the bars hitting the inside of the steel brackets. This provides a quieter ride while towing.


Fast, Easy Installation

The Steadi-Flex system is easy to install and set up. On the trailer side, simply clamp the spring bar brackets around your trailer's frame. Then prepare your vehicle by sliding the included shank into your 2" x 2" hitch receiver, and bolt on the head. The system head can be easily adjusted to achieve the proper angle and optimum leverage for your specific setup. No drilling is required to install this weight distribution system.


Head Tilt Adjustment

Head Adjustment

The head of the Steadi-Flex can be easily adjusted for the best possible angle for your towing setup. Adjusting the head lets you fine-tune the system's leverage so that you can get the best distribution of weight possible. Traditional head tilt adjustment methods require that the head be disassembled so that stackable washers inside the head can be either removed or added on. But with the Steadi-Flex, there are external, toothed washers on either side of the head that make it easy to change the tilt. Simply position the head in one of the preset angles based on your hitch's tongue weight, then bolt it in place, tightening the washers as you do so. Once the head is sitting at the correct angle, tighten the internal adjustment bolt to secure the platform in place.


Tapered Spring Bars

Spring Bars

The spring bars of the Steadi-Flex system slide into the weight distribution head for quick, easy installation. With a tapered design and hot rolled steel construction, these bars offer superior flex to evenly distribute the weight between your tow vehicle and your trailer.


The bars easily pin into place inside the system head - no need to torque or re-torque any trunnion bolts to adjust the tension. With fewer parts to manage, installing and maintaining the Steadi-Flex is simple.


Adjustable, Clamp-On Brackets

The spring bar brackets simply clamp around your trailer's frame - no drilling required. These brackets are designed to be positioned 27" to 32" back from your coupler and they can fit a wide range of frame sizes and can even be used on a trailer with a bottom-mounted coupler.


Adjustable Brackets

While other brackets use L-pins to secure the spring bars in place on the brackets, the hinged Steadi-Flex brackets close completely around the spring bars. As a result, you can have greater piece of mind knowing that the spring bars are secure, all without the hassle of using and possibly losing L-pins and any extra hardware.



66560 Reese Steady Flex Heavy Duty Weight Distribution System with Sway Control - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

Installation Details RP66560 Installation instructions


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Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control - Trunnion - 12K GTW, 1.2K TW - RP66560

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (209 Customer Reviews)

Friction in brackets and in head works to prevent and correct trailer sway. Chainless brackets with automotive-style friction pads hold spring bars firmly in place to help keep trailer in line with your tow vehicle. Adjustable shank included.

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For the most part this has been an easy WD system to live with. I tow a 25' travel trailer with a '12 Ram 1500 and it tracks straight even in strong cross winds. I was also suprised at how turning radius doesn't seem to be affected with it attached. My only complaint is how the covers for the ends of the weight distribution bars are secured. The little pins are placed so far to the end that a small movement in the cover allows them to be completely ineffective at securing the cover. This is important because these covers keep the WD bars from slipping off their resistance pads. Thankfuly so far I haven't had a cover slip or bounce open allowing the bar to release its tension after slipping off the pad. I can't imagine that would end well at highway speeds. I've traveled about 5,000 miles with this hitch and so far so good. Hopefully it stays that way. Lastly if these were designed this way on purpose, it would have been nice to have had a note about it in the manual to ease ones concerns.


Comments
The hitch is still performing well, but the bar covers continue to concern me.
Allen K - 07/23/2018


by:

I bought this hitch about a year ago to pull our 17' horse trailer behind our 2001 Chevy Tahoe. A scale showed that the trailer (4000 lbs empty) with one horse in the front stall had about 1000 lbs of tongue weight, which was more than our stock Tahoe could balance.

This hitch was a pain to set up and dial in the first time, in part because the trailer didn't have open channels on the tongue. I had to cut holes in the tongue's sheet metal cover to allow clearance for the hitch's brackets. I had to crank the hitch up as far as it would go, which leveled out the trailer pretty well, but still left the Tahoe squatting more than I'd like. I ended up having to get air bags for the Tahoe to completely level it out.

Now that I've got the hang of it and it's all adjusted, this isn't hard to hook up. It only takes a few minutes longer than a normal trailer. The anti-sway feature seems to be doing its job. It is a little noisy when turning, but I only notice it when I'm backing up slowly.

Overall, I'm happy with this hitch, and I'd recommend it to a friend. I suspect any other weight distributing hitch would have had the same complications.




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Product looks great. However we mistakenly bought too large of a weight distributer and won’t be able to use it. Completely our fault as the website provides plenty of tools to help us locate the correct size (it was a gift for my husband and I had the wrong specs). Only complaint is the boxes and instructions were pretty mangled and some of the parts looked like they had been installed and returned as they were bent. otherwise super fast shipping and everything looks heavy duty and well made. If we had a bigger rv it would be perfect. Our tongue weight is lower (around 550-600) and based on what we read that was going to cause a bouncy stiff ride. We have a Toyota tacoma and a Starcraft autumn ridge 17rd.


Comments
Customer Service will reach out to you. I recommend this system as it is more suited for your needs, but still has the Sway Control feature: item # FA92-00-0800
Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Trunnion - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW
$495.36
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-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 01/10/2022


by:

Very nice hitch-towing a 30ft Airstream no sway and easy load leveling! Don’t make the leveling bars too tight or it’ll chip the friction pads!




by:

Well I can’t tell yo what I think because I havnt been able to put it together
The box showed up a little bear up but I expected that, but when took out all the parts all I has wAs the head unit for the ball, the sway bars and the two trailer brackets…it was missing ALL the parts to put it together!
I’ve been working with customer service however I was miss g so many parts that they needed to email me an Installation manual to inventory what I am missing…I have been working with customer service the past couple of weeks and still no resolution…I have really disappointed so far that’s why I’m leaving a 1 star…will amend once I get the parts and to close this is a matter of urgency because I have to take a cross country trip mid May
Thank you


Comments
I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/22/2022


by:

After one year and 20 k miles towing all over the country with a 8k trailer I’m very pleased..
One pro and con I blew a tire in New Mexico and didn’t even notice a thing I guess this is good and bad.. Bad that I didn’t notice even a shutter in towing and good that it remained perfectly straight.
Only change would be to have a much bigger pen and pen hole for the flip over bracket that holds bar to the pads..
Would definitely purchase another..
I travel once a year across the US and many trips elsewhere during the year. So I can say after towing through the highest elevations in our country that this product is solid..
To add even my wife and kids can put this system on without difficulty..


Comments
Great and easy to use hitch that I’ve put 30k on so far without issues…
Mark - 02/06/2022


by:

ettrailer recommended this hitch for my Silverado 1500 HD. It exceeds the trucks capacity, so it provides a level of confidence that I was looking for. The height adjustment, along with ball angle adjustment allow the tuning flexibility needed to get a perfect set-up. I use these adjustments in conjunction with an etrailer tongue weight scale. After a very bad experience with the wrong hitch & tongue weight set-up, my rig is now dialed in and absolutely no sway, level towing is the result. The load distribution feature really plants the truck.




by:

Great Service!!! Great Products!!!, I called and told Steve at E Trailer that I needed a Reese Weight Distribution Hitch Asap. Steve sent me an email several hours later saying it’s on its way, I had the hitch in two days. Fast shipping , and great customer service, Thanks E Trailer for taking care of your customers.


Comments
Used the hitch for a year now and still going strong!!!
Tommy - 07/12/2020


by:

After a month of looking and reading responses, watching various videos and talking with users; I decided on the RP66560. My situation is: 2012 Chevy 2500 ext cab 4wd with 6.5' bed. I followed the directions which were easy to understand and all parts fit perfectly. I am towing a 30' full width 9500 lb travel trailer with two slide outs. Following directions I was able to complete application with no change with front or rear measurement. A key note - use real bearing grease on the WD bars not just spray grease; not enough lubricant. Also, look at the set back before you buy to ensure you can use it. For some assurance I bought a 25k 1" rise hitch ball. I pulled the trailer with a good 20-30mph cross wind with no sway at all. There was zero bucking over bumps or movement on uneven roads. Easy to back up with no issues. When I was done with towing I had it unhitched in 3 minutes. This WD hitch far exceeded my expectations.




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This unit is Awesome! Made a huge difference in my Weight Distribution and was VERY easy to install! I have no SAG either, leveled out TV and Trailer. I had also purchased Air Bags, which have just made the ride smoother! I did make the mistake of not leveling my pads to the sway bars the first time around and this thing was noisy! Once I watched the Reese online install video, I found I need to level the pads to my bars. Once I did that, the noise pretty much stopped. I only hear them at low speeds going into sharp turns. Worth the $$.




by:

Easy to set up and quick up hook up. Great sway control. Very happy with this purchase!




by:

Great hitch. Drove from California to Texas no issues very stable. Wind could blow and this setup is solid no movement!




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this was the best thing i did!!!! it With my 2008 ran 1500 it pulls my flagstaff Super-Lite 26 FS with no movement at all from Gilbert Sc To Versailles Mo. and back And Gilbert Sc to South Branch Mi. Thank you-all very much HAPPY CAMPER

Jimmie R




by:

Hitch does a solid job of minimizing sway and distributing weight off back of vehicle. I feel 100% safe while pulling out travel trailer. I would mention that this hitch does creak and groan with turning, which I didn’t think it would.


Comments
Hitch is still doing a solid job after one year! I have set it up to a new vehicle for out 30’ travel trailer and it still creaks some, but is great a distributing weight and preventing swaying! Still happy w this purchase!!
Milton - 07/13/2021


by:

Provides great stabilization, I have never felt a bit of sway. Bars need to be lubricated every time where they rub on the head or they make a ton of noise when making low speed turns. Also have had to tighten the pads on the frame multiple times they seem to loosen up. Other than that I’ve been very happy with the system.


Comments
Still need to tighten pads a lot. Only uses rear pads and that pad has crumbled quite a bit. Used a heavier duty grease on the bars where they move on the head and it seems to cut down the noise and having to do it every time.
Vince - 03/26/2019


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I bought this hitch to tow our family's Coachmen Catalina 22FBS with an early 2000s Ford Expedition. Prior to this hitch we just had a ball and friction sway bar. Rightly so, it is night and day difference between the two. My wife and I both take turns towing and the sway bar never really made either of us comfortable due to bucking and sway next to other large vehicles on the highway. With this hitch there is no more bucking and very little sway. What sway there is corrects/dampens itself very quickly. On smooth or gentle hills The two vehicles feel like one and you don't really notice the trailer when towing. I was hesitant about spending the money on this hitch which is why we tried the sway bar first, but now that I have it I absolutely love this hitch and we're both extremely happy to have made the switch.
I still have some learning and adjusting to do to get the tow vehicle at the right angle which is something that I think is a bit of a pain to zero in, but I can't really say it's related to the hitch and is more my issue of figuring it out.
I'm assuming when I bought this hitch in early 2016 it was new because etrailer was one of the few places I found that was selling this hitch. The price at the time was much cheaper than anywhere else online or locally and the shipping was decent. I live within two hours of the etrailer facility so I can't really provide feedback for shipping long distances.
I've never used any other type of weight distribution hitch so I can't speak of comparisons, but I found this to be easy to understand the installation instructions and the use instructions too.




by:

Good for individual who pulls same camper all the time. Not good for delivering campers from factory to dealers. Way to complicated and too many parts.




by:

Works well




by:

Much greater stability than my older (much older) Reese trunnion-bar-and-chain hitch. Get slight sense of sway when passed by big rigs but sway subsides almost immediately. Very happy with device and service by e-trailer.




by:

Tow bar works great - towing a 35 'travel trailer and have had no issues. Tracks great with very little sway. Takes a vew extra minutes to hook up, but well worth hte time.




by:

One year later and I am still extremely pleased with the quality and overall performance of this system. The installation instructions were clear and concise which made set up a breeze. The Reese sway control system works so well you sometimes forget you are towing a trailer. Selecting the right sized system is key so be sure to determine your exact tongue weight.


Comments
Still working and performing flawlessly.
Jeff H - 08/20/2019


by:

My experience with the RP66560 Steadi-flex was not what I expected. Following the setup instructions the sway control was satisfactory, but the hitch caused significant bounce. I also did not like the weight as I have a bad back. I sold the hitch for half of what I paid and purchased an Andersen No-sway. I tow a 35 ft. Rockwood tt with a Ram 3500 dually.


Comments
When your setup is bouncy that is an indicator that the weight distribution system WDS is rated too high for your setup. In order to choose the correct WDS for your setup, figure out the loaded tongue weight. This is the tongue weight of the trailer when it is all loaded with cargo and ready to be towed. You should also include the weight of anything you may have behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The loaded tongue weight of your setup needs to be in the middle of the range of tongue weights the WDS supports.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 10/11/2017


by:

I appreciate the high level of service and attention to detail they have given me as a customer because it is far above what I've seen from other online retailers.

We recently purchased a truck and travel trailer so I've been outfitting each vehicle w/ parts from etrailer and will continue to do so because of their great service, recommendation of products and prices. As a former Purchasing Manager, I price shop everything and etrailer is always the best.

You will not be disappointed with etrailer!


Comments
Great! I talked my friend into purchasing the same unit and I even catch myself checking out others hitches as we drive past them swaying away.
Kevin P - 01/22/2020


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This system was fairly easy to install, the instructions could have been a little better but overall it was fine. I pull a 32' video game trailer with an 04 Sierra 2500hd and this system relieved about an inch of squat. I could probably adjust it to help more but I am pretty happy with how it sits now. The main reason I bought it was actually for sway control and on that front it works wonderfully. The only downsides to this rig is that 1 it is noisy. Not when driving down the interstate or anything. But when making tight turns in neighborhoods or parking lots etc. It isn't a huge deal most weight distribution/sway systems make some noise, so it's whatever.
2: the break pad type things wore down badly when I first installed it because my trailer tongue had a rubberized coating on it that allowed the brackets to move some. So having a part that will need to be replaced is something to consider. Also the small pins that keep the "doors" closed on it are easy to bend up, especially if the bars have a bit of side pressure on them. I strongly recommend going to lowes or somewhere and buying yourself some spares.




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    Generally speaking, we recommend a Weight Distribution System anytime the trailer and load being towed weigh more than 50 percent of the vehicle weight. I would also strongly recommend following any recommendations made by GMC regarding the use of Weight Distribution. Because your trailer has a surge coupler, I would recommend the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System, part # RP66560. This system is designed for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600 to 1200 pounds, and is...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 2010 Ford Expedition Pulling a 22 Foot Trailer
    You are correct, the Reese Steadi-Flex, part # RP66560 is a very good choice for your application. This hitch has a maximum rise of 8-3/4 inches, so you will be able to achieve the same amount of rise that you have on your current hitch. If you wanted to remove the bars completely to allow you to use the hitch without the weight distribution functions, you would lower the bars from their hangers like you are disconnecting the trailer with the lowering handle. Once the bars are off the...
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  • Does Weight Distribution Allow you to Tow a Heavier Trailer
    Depends on the vehicle and the hitch installed on it, but MOST of the time there is a second higher weight rating for a setup when it is used with a weight distribution system. Typically this rating will be listed on a sticker on the hitch of the vehicle. It can also be listed in the owners manual. The salesman you spoke to is essentially right. But you will need to check out your tow vehicle's towing capacities first. The function of weight distribution does take the tongue weight at...
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  • Backing Trailer While Using Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System # RP66560
    During normal backing, it's perfectly acceptable to leave the bars in place, but if you're in a situation where jackknifing the trailer would be a possibility, I'd highly recommend removing them to prevent damaging anything. The Reese Steadi-Flex weight distribution system you mentioned, part # RP66560 would be an excellent choice if the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer is between 600 and 1200 lbs. I'll link you to some FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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  • Mobile Shop Inside V-Nose Trailer Sways and Bounces
    The best defense against trailer sway and the bouncing issue is going to be proper loading of the trailer. First, the tongue weight should be 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. It sounds like the tongue weight is too low. To increase the tongue weight you can move some weight towards the front of the trailer. The weight left to right is also uneven enough that it could cause some problems including uneven tire wear. Balancing out the weight left to right more equally will help...
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  • Will the Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Sway Control Provide Adequate Turning Ability
    All weight distribution systems will limit your turning radius somewhat when backing in tight situations. That being said, the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System with Sway Control, # RP66560, will not limit your turning radius when traveling forward and making tight turns, and will allow you to make pretty tight turns when backing. It is always a good idea to remove the spring bars before backing into situations where very tight turns may be required, to prevent damage to the...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control Recommendation Ford Super Duty Towing a 7300 lb Trailer
    The dual cam style of the Strait-Line series weight distribution systems works proactively to prevent sway before it starts. Whereas, the friction sway control of the Steadi-Flex series systems do help with sway, but they do not work to prevent sway before it starts like the dual cam systems do. Both of these sway control styles will help with sway, but if you are looking for the better option for sway control I would recommend you get the dual cam setup. The best way to pick out a weight...
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  • Adjusting Reese SC Weight Distribution or Using Air Bags to Compensate for ATV in Truck Bed
    Air bags are primarily designed to help suspend loads carried in the truck bed, and will not do much to distribute any of the trailer tongue weight to the front truck axle. Once your ATV is loaded into your truck bed, you will need to consider about 1/2 its weight (the portion located behind the rear truck axle) as tongue weight. You will need to ensure that the tongue weight of the trailer, plus the weight of anything in the bed behind the axle does not exceed the tongue weight rating...
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  • Is a 1,200 Pound Weight Distribution System too Big for a Trailer with 500 Pound Dry Tongue Weight
    A Reese weight distribution system is going to have a tongue weigh capacity range. The 1,200 pound systems are rated for 600 to 1,200 pounds of tongue weight. The tongue weight will increase once you load the trailer. But, you also have to add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle to the trailer tongue weight. So if your trailer tongue weight when loaded is 600 pounds and you have 200 pounds of stuff behind the rear axle of your Ram, that puts the tongue...
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  • Any Problems w/Sharp Turns or Reversing with Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution and Sway Control
    If you were using the old friction style sway control like in the Reese SC system, 66155, you will want to disconnect the spring bars when backing up or in bad weather. When backing up with friction sway control, the bars can bind and can damage the trailer or vehicle. In bad weather, the force of the friction created can actually cause the trailer to skid. The new Steadi-Flex system, # RP66560, is fine in those conditions so you would not have an issue using it. If a system is not installed...
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  • Should Axle Locations of Tandem Trailer Get Moved If Theres Not Enough Tongue Weight
    When the trailer is sitting level the weight between the two axles will be equal to each other assuming the cargo weight of the trailer is loaded properly. That's what the equalizers are designed to do and why they are important to trailer suspension. When positioning axles on a trailer you want to have them located so that the tongue weight of the trailer ends up being 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight. I attached a picture that will help you figure out how far you'd have to...
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