bing tracking image

2 Steps for Finding the Right Weight Distribution Hitch Size

For the best ride, you'll need a weight distribution hitch designed for your trailer's tongue weight. If you choose a WDH that is too light for your application, the hitch won't be effective. If you go too heavy, however, you'll suffer a rigid ride and a bouncy trailer.So how do you find that Goldilocks weight distribution hitch that's just right? Check out our video how-to, or read on below for a step-by-step explanation on finding the right weight distribution hitch size.
Truck pulling a camper with a weight distribution hitch.
Watch Now: How to Find the Right Size Weight Distribution Hitch
Diagram with arrow pointing to trailer tongue of camper being pulled by a truck.
Diagram with arrow pointing to truck bed of truck hauling a camper.
Example Part I:
Let's say our trailer tongue weight is 700 lbs and our cargo behind the rear axle is 200 lbs. Our total tongue weight is 900 lbs.

Step 1. Determine Your Total Tongue Weight

First, you need to figure out your loaded trailer tongue weight (TW). Your tongue weight is the downward force you're putting on the ball of the weight distribution setup with your loaded trailer, plus the weight of any gear behind the rear axle of your vehicle.Note that this is not the dry (unloaded) weight listed on your trailer spec sheet, but rather the fully loaded, ready-to-tow weight after you've packed in all the gear you want to carry.To determine your trailer tongue weight, you can use a scale like the etrailer tongue weight scale. You can also use one of the other methods outlined in our help article, Determining Trailer Tongue Weight.Also add in the weight of any cargo (gear, coolers, luggage, etc.) you've added behind your rear axle.This sum will be the total tongue weight you have to work with.
Truck pulling camper with a green checkmark above the trailer tongue.

Step 2. Select a System with the Right Weight Capacity

We've broken out our weight distribution hitches by tongue weight on our website for your convenience. Once you have your tongue weight figure, simply select your TW from the list and choose a system.
Pro tip: It's best that your total tongue weight (sum of your trailer tongue weight and cargo) falls in the middle of your WDH range. This gives you a bit of wiggle room if your tongue weight varies between trips.For example, if your total tongue weight is about 1,000 lbs, a weight distribution hitch with a tongue weight rating of 800 - 1,200 lbs is ideal.
Still have questions?Give our experts a call at 800-298-8924, or contact us online. We're happy to assist any way we can!
Save or Share This Idea
Related ArticlesWritten by: Amber S.Updated by: Jacob JUpdated: 12/12/2023

David

2/17/2024

I have a trailer 6600lbs tongue weight 800 weight in back og truck 200lbs so my tongue weight is 1000 lbs. I have a blue ox pro sway hitch with 1000lbs bars. Is this sufficient. My tv is chevy2500 3/4 ton.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

2/18/2024

@David If the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer (including the weight of anything in the truck bed behind the rear axle) is greater than 1000 lbs, you'll want to upgrade to the next highest rated spring bars, # BXW4008. If you're 1000 lbs or below, you're good go to with your current setup. Hope that helps!

Kenny

2/4/2024

Hey guys, new travel trailer owner here. 2016 f150 super crew 2.7 ecoboost towing 3445 lb trailer with a hitch weight of 380. Which WD hitch would you recommend?

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

2/5/2024

@Kenny We can highly recommend Equal-i-zer weight distribution hitches. They work wonderfully, and their customer service/support is second to none. The # EQ37060ET works great on trailers with tongue weights from 200-600 lbs which would be great for the trailer you mentioned.

Marcus G.

2/3/2024

Hey hello I am wondering what capacity of wd hitch I should go with ? The trailer is 6684 lbs dry 9500 max Tongue weight 744 lbs dry Thanks for your time !

Etrailer Expert

Andrew N.

2/5/2024

@MarcusG You'll want the top of the line B&W Continuum Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control for 2" Hitch - 16K GTW, 1.6K TW # BW78FR. This fits 2" receiver opening. If you have a 2-1/2" receiver opening then you'll want this model: # BW28FR.

John

12/30/2023

Chevy 1500 . Trailer gvrw 6200 tw 600 is husky 6k 600 tw big enough wdh?

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

12/30/2023

@John If the capacity of the system you're wanting to use is 600 lbs, the TW of your trailer will be right at capacity. You'd be better off going with a higher rated system. The Curt # C17499 TruTrack system is reasonably priced, yet effective and would work great for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 500-800 lbs.

Jose V.

7/31/2023

Would Blue Ox BXW2000 SWAYPRO be overkill for a 900 lbs tongue 37.5 travel travel dry weight 8,745 and payload 2,134? I would be using a 2021 ram 2500 diesel

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

8/3/2023

@JoseV What you need to figure out is the tongue weight of your rig when it's fully loaded and ready to tow. You also want to include the weight of anything carried in the tow vehicle behind the rear axle. Your GVWR is about 10.600 given the info you provided. The # BXW2000 is compatible with tongue weights ranging from 1,500 - 2,000 lbs which is probably overkill. You'll want to confirm the tongue weight using the info provided in the linked article, but most likely the # BXW1500 which has a tongue weight capacity from 1000-1500 lbs would be your better bet. Hope that helps! Let us know if you have questions.


Departments

Towing

Sports and Recreation

Trailer Parts

Vehicle

What our customers are saying:

"Thank you! I enjoyed shopping your site."

Jamie
Mechanicsville, VA

Popular Vehicles