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Confidently Choose Your Weight Distribution Hitch - Here's 5 Tips

Choosing the right weight distribution hitch is crucial for maintaining a level ride, preventing excessive tire wear, and avoiding excess suspension strain. But with so many options—size, sway control, spring bar variations—there's a lot to consider before you buy!To make the whole process easier, we put together a list of the top 5 questions you should ask yourself when shopping for a weight distribution hitch. Check out the list below!
Tips for Choosing Weight Distribution—Ask Yourself These 5 Questions:
  • What Size Weight Distribution Hitch Do I Need?
  • What is Sway Control, and What Type Do I Need?
  • Do I Want to Get Out of My Car to Back Up?
  • How Do I Install My Weight Distribution Hitch?
  • Round vs. Trunnion vs. Square Bars: Which Should I Use?
Watch Now: Choosing the Best Weight Distribution System

1. What Size Weight Distribution Hitch Do I Need?

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.Weight distribution system capacity ranges from 100 lbs to over 2,000 lbs. To choose the right weight distribution hitch size, you'll need to determine your trailer tongue weight and the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle. That number will be the tongue weight your weight distribution hitch will need to support.For a step-by-step walkthrough on choosing the right size weight distribution hitch, check out our article here.
Weight Distribution Hitch

2. What is Sway Control, and What Type Do I Need?

Sway control, as the name suggests, controls trailer sway, so you don't have a heart attack every time a big rig flies past you in the next lane. Sway control systems use various friction points to prevent/reduce sway and keep your trailer in line.Trailer sway can be caused by crosswinds, poor trailer loading (if the load is too far back), or inadequate spring bar tension in the weight distribution system. The use of a weight distribution hitch by itself may help limit trailer sway by evenly distributing the weight of the load, but it will do little to improve sway caused by crosswinds.That's where sway control comes in. Some weight distribution hitches have built-in sway control. Others come without the sway control, although in most cases, sway control friction bars can be added to these systems.Sway-control of some sort is typically recommended. The best type of sway control for you depends on what you are planning to tow and how often you plan to tow it. Check out our article on sway control for help choosing the best system for your rig.
Truck and Weight Distribution Hitch

3. Do I Want to Get Out of My Car to Back Up?

A common question we receive is whether or not it's possible to back up with a weight distribution hitch. The answer is yes—it is possible to back up with weight distribution installed, but depending on your system, it might not be the most convenient thing to do.Weight distribution systems with friction sway control mechanisms must be disconnected before you reverse. Backing up your vehicle when these systems are engaged will result in damage to your system. However, it only takes a few seconds to disengage the system and allow reversal. The inconvenience comes with having to get out of your car, disengage the system, get in your car to reverse, then get back out of your car to re-engage the system again.If you're looking for a more convenient solution, 2-point and 4-point systems do allow you to back up without disconnecting first. Friction bar systems tend to be more value-priced, but if convenience is at the top of your wish list, it's worth looking into a 2-point or 4-point system.
Truck and Weight Distribution Hitch

4. How Do I Install My Weight Distribution Hitch?

If you're planning on installing the hitch yourself, ease of installation is probably a concern. For a detailed explanation of how to install a weight distribution hitch, click here. For now, we'll just tell you what to look for when determining how easy (or not) a weight distribution hitch is to install.

Head Adjustment Methods

Part of installing a weight distribution hitch is achieving the correct amount of tension in your system. This is partially done by adjusting the tilt of the head assembly. There are a few ways to do this, depending on the system you choose. Some methods are easier than others.Traditional systems use a washer-style adjustment method. These are typically the most tedious systems to install, since the washers are located inside the head assembly. If you need to adjust the head tilt during installation, you have to disassemble the head, make your adjustment, and reassemble it (then repeat until you achieve the right amount of tension.)Some manufacturers have taken steps to go beyond this method. Many newer systems feature serrated or dual washers located externally on the head assembly, where they can be used to easily fine-tune the system.
Equal-i-zer Head Assembly
Weight Distribution Hitch Head Assemblies - Easiest vs Hardest to Adjust

Sway Control Methods

Sway control systems also affect the ease of installation. Traditional chain-and-bracket systems with friction bars are about average in difficulty. However, chainless 2-point and 4-point systems provide better sway control, and they're easier to install, since you just have to lift the bars into place on top of the L-brackets (no chain adjustments required). Dual-cam systems like the Reese Strait-Line provide the best sway control available, but the dual cams present an additional challenge during installation.
Weight Distribution Chain and Bracket System
L-Bracket Weight Distribution and Sway Control System
Dual-Cam Weight Distribution Hitch
Weight Distribution Hitch Sway Control - Easiest vs Hardest to Install
Note that some systems (like the Reese Strait-Line mentioned above) are easier-than-average when it comes to head adjustment methods but harder-than-average when it comes to sway control. Or, alternatively, systems like the Equal-i-zer possess the tedious traditional washer system but have a fairly simple 4-point sway control system.Ultimately, you may have to sacrifice ease of installation in one area for ease in another, or for a system that meets all your other requirements. You can read more about the different types of head assemblies and sway control types here for help deciding which system you'll feel comfortable installing.

5. Round vs. Trunnion vs. Square Bars: Which Should I Use?

Spring bars are available in three main styles: round, trunnion, and square. The heads of weight distribution systems also come in different styles to suit these bar types.Although spring bar style isn't typically at the top of the list of criteria when choosing a weight distribution hitch, if it comes down to a choice between two similar systems, spring bar style may help swing your decision one way or another.
Round Weight Distribution Spring Bars
Round bars slide into the head from the bottom, so they are lower to the ground and don't provide as much clearance.

Round Bars

Round-style bars slide up into the head, twist in, and are held in place with clips. With round bars, it is easier to adjust the angle of the ball mount for the correct towing position, compared to other types of bars. Round bars are typically priced more economically than other bars.On the other hand, they don't offer as much ground clearance as other types, and they are suited more for lighter towing applications.
Weight Distribution Trunnion Spring Bars
Trunnion bars slide into the head from the side or back, so they typically provide greater ground clearance than round bars.

Trunnion Bars

Trunnion bars slide into the head from the side or back. They are typically easier to connect than round bars and are better suited for heavy-duty applications. They also offer greater ground clearance than round bars due to the way they attach to the head assembly.Trunnion bars typically cost more than round bars.
Weight Distribution - Square and Specialty Spring Bars
Square bars slide into the head similar to the way that trunnion bars do. They also provide a similar amount of ground clearance.

Square and Specialty Spring Bars

Some manufacturers use specialized spring bars for their systems. Equal-i-zer, for example, has square spring bars that are most similar to the trunnion style in terms of how they mount and function. The Husky Center Line system uses specially shaped spring bars to produce tension in the head and friction at the frame brackets to prevent trailer sway.These specialty bars, like trunnion spring bars, allow for maximum ground clearance.
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Questions and Comments about this Article


Steve M.
Have a 2019 Ram (5.7 Hemi) with factory trailer tow pkg. Just purchased a 2014 StarCraft Widebody 25’ travel trailer. Came with E2 Hitch. Have only pulled it twice. Before second pull I adjusted the L-brackets up one notch to increase equalization. Still a bit light on the steer. Should I go up one more hole on the L-brackets to provide more WD? Adjusting the ball seems a bit complicated with all the washers!
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Reply from David B.

It can being annoying to add and remove washers but I think it is a good route to go. If you need more weight distribution you can add a washer if it's to much you can remove some. If you just want to use the L-brackets and you can get away with it that's fine. Raising them will increase and lowering them will decrease the distribution of weight. Sometimes you will need to do both to get the right adjustments though. MAKE sure you torque everything back down to the specs in the instructions.

Zack M.
Looking at a new WDH and looking for recommendations. The camper dry weight is 4900 and 570 tongue weight. After battery, propane, tools etc I believe my tongue weight will be 800-850 pounds. I’m looking at the Reese Pro round bar, or fast way E2 round bar 8000 gtw. So my question is if my tongue weight is around 800 and the bars are 400-800 is that good because it’s in the range or is a 600 optimal and since I’m right on the line I would be better off with a e2 with a GTW of 600-1000?
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Reply from David B.

Howdy Zack, if you are on at the upper end of the limit I always suggest going one step up. If you are right at 800lbs then a unit with 800lbs in the middle range is better suited for you than a unit with a max of 800lbs.

Gary D.
I am in the process of purchasing a 2023 Grand Design Transcend Xplor 240ML travel trailer. 29ft 10 in length, Dry weight of 6282 lbs/GW of 7495 lbs. In addition, I am also trading in my 2020 F 150 XLT for a 2023 F 250HD. This past weekend, we towed a 2022 CrossRoads RV Cruiser Aire CR33BHB with my F 150 XLT 4x4 and drove 450 miles, scariest drive I've ever encountered. We were out of control most of the trip with sway and bounce. Sag on the rear of the F 150 was incredible. The F 150 has sway and roll stability control, but literally every time a semi passed us, the trailer would lean and begin to sway causing the F 150 to porpoise with the trailer. The tongue weight caused the front end of the F 150 to lift, creating a feeling of hydroplaning the entire 450 miles, and me white knuckling the whole trip. I'm basing my upcoming purchases on solving some of the issue of truck towing capacity and the fact the trailer was way heavier than the towing vehicle. Is there a simpler fix for the F 150 to be able to tow a long travel trailer instead of buying a larger truck?
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Reply from David B.

Upgrading to the F 250 HD is the best route, pair that with a decent weight distribution hitch with sway control and you will be right at rain. The F 150 may have sway and roll control but that only goes so far. You need weight to move weight and the F 150 just doesn't have the weight to pull the larger trailers. You can put the biggest motor and best gear ratio to pull a trailer but if the platform doesn't weigh anything your not going to get much done.

Dave
I have E2 equalizer hitch 10000 w/ 1000# trunnions Trailer 7850 GW with 800# tongue weight. I have the weight distribution set as per manual. I have towed it with less than tongue weight and with 800 # weight. I experience teeter tottering (bouncy) between truck and trailer when going over railroad tracks, dips in road or overpasses. Any thoughts on what I could try to lesson or what other info do you need. Thanks
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Reply from David B.

I think your WD hitch is fine, you're probably going to need to adjust the load in the actually trailer. You could get some air bags or some other form of suspension enhancement.

Eric
Hi there. I have a question about my tent trailer and weight distribution/ sway control: Vehicle : Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Limited (max 3500lbs /320lb max tongue weight with brake controller) Tow : Jayco Sport 12UD (~1900lbs dry/ 230lb tongue weight. ~15 feet long) I have been advised to get a weight distributing hitch as the back end of my SUV does sag when connected to the dry trailer. I'm having a hard time deciding which hitch to purchase, and also if sway control would be advised as well with this unit. I was told that sway control isn't needed with tent trailers but I'm wondering if its worth spending the extra money to have that feature. Thank you etrailer for your help navigating this new adventure.
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Reply from David B.

If 230 is the exact tongue weight (fully loaded/wet) the you should checkout the # 66557 it does not come with a ball mount. If you do not know the exact tongue weight you will need to find that out before you pick a WD hitch. I think that sway control is always a good choice, the price diff is not huuuuuge. let me know what you think.

Reply from Eric

@DavidB Hi David. I appreciate the comment. 230lb tongue weight is dry. I don’t quite know what it is going to be with my trailer and SUV loaded. I kind of assumed that with all the camping gear, kids bikes, it will probably add another 200-300 lbs. I was thinking one up to 600lbs would be a good fit. I found a deal on HUSKY TOWING 31421 400-600# WDH RD BAR for 200$. I am just hesitant to get it as it does not have the sway control but not sure if that is even beneficial with a pop-up trailer.

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Reply from David B.

You really need to find out the exact tongue weight to make sure you get the right WD hitch. If the hitch is to much it will make the ride stiff and dangerous and if it is to less it won't do anything to help.

Randy C.
Purchased a Cruiser Twilight Signature TWS2620. Gross Weight 7,800# with tongue weight of 772#. Pulling with Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax 4wd. Towing package rated for 1,000/10,000. 16-1/4" from ground to bottom inside of receiver. What do I need? What are the pros and cons of the hitches with chains versus hitches with brackets? Which type would be recommended for my situation?
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Reply from Les D.

Since your fully loaded trailer will be 7800 pounds, then your tongue weight will be 10-15% or 780-1170 pounds. For convenience, let's say 12% or 936 pounds. You will need a weight distribution hitch like the Equalizer # EQ37100ET which is rated for 1000/10,000 pounds and has 4 points of sway control. While they can be a little noisy, they offer excellent sway control and the ability to back in with turns. Also, the shank is included which offers you the ability to adjust for level travel.

John W.
…I want a WDH for pulling my travel trailer. …I want a hitch that integrates the sway control into the WDH. …My loaded trailer is 5,500 lbs …My loaded hitch weight is 840 lbs. …My trailer has C channel A frame. …the distance from the ground to the upper inside edge of the receiver on my empty tow vehicle is 19”. …the distance from the ground to the bottom edge of my level trailers ball coupler is 18”. …please advise which WDH would be right for me. Thank you….
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Reply from Victoria B.

I have attached a link to all of our weight distribution systems that are rated for your 840lb tongue weight and that have sway control built in. For your camper with the C-channel frame, I would go with a system that uses L brackets that clamp around the frame. Reese, Equal-i-zer, and Fastway have said that if your frame feels "soft" at the mounting location, a block of wood can be used inside the frame to offer a back that the brackets can brace against.

Jolene
I will be getting a R-pod hitch weight 440lb dry weight is 3,379 my Jeep Grand Cherokee trail hawk can tow 6,200 but staying under 3,500. Or I may get a geo pro hitch weight 360 dry weight is 3,200 what kind of weight distribution hitch should I get.
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Reply from Jon G.

Check out the Blue Ox SwayPro # BXW0750 . Your loaded tongue weight should land within this slightly higher range once your trailer is loaded up.

Don G.
I have a 2018 Toyota 4 runner and will be towing a 21' camper trailer approx 6000lbs w/ 600Lb tongue weight. What style weight distribution trailer hitch do you recommend?
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Reply from Jon G.

Check out the Blue Ox TrackPro # BLU47FR .

David H.
Hi Chris, What WDH, sway control system, and head would you recommend for a 2017 Ford F-150, with a max. towing package & payload package, while towing a 7'x12', 12,000lb. Dump Trailer? The stock frame mounted hitch, from Ford, is rated to 12,200lbs, with a 1,200lb. TW when using a WDH, and 5,000lbs. towing, with a TW of 500lbs when Not using a WDH. Thank you for your consideration.
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Reply from Jon G.

I'd go with the TrackPro # BLU27FR which has a tongue weight range of 1,000 lbs - 1,300 lbs so it gives you some wiggle room for weight behind the rear axle of your truck.

Reply from David H.

@JonG Thank you Jon.

Rob A.
We have traded in our 5th wheel (too big for us) and have ordered a travel trailer. The trailer is 24 ft long, 5004 dry wght, 530 tongue wght on spec sheet. TW is 2010 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4. WDH will be put on when we pick up camper. I also would like to keep things as light as possible (bad back). What would be a good choice for me?
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Reply from Jon G.

I would check out the Blue Ox SwayPro # BXW1000 because of the 750 lbs - 1,000 lbs tongue weight range and it's fairly easy to set up. This weighs in at about 85 lbs altogether but you won't be able to find anything much lighter than this to be honest.

John B.
I have an E2 WDH that the lousy outfit sold me with the Rpod 179 I bought. 1000 max tonge and 10,000 trailer weight. I have a 4wd Tacoma with 6,800 tow capacity. The Rpod is 3,050 unloaded and 315 tongue weight. After loading it guessing the tonge weight will be 400-500 pounds? The E2 is very heavy and I want a head assembly much lighter. I don’t like the L brackets, going into a parking lot with a little dip it can scrape the pavement. I wouldn’t mind a chain system, if it hits the ground won’t move an L bracket. A separate sway bar might be ok. I want a WDH/sway system that’s lighter, easy to figure out, not too costly. Don’t want to hit the thing on the ground going over dips into parking lots. What would you recommend? I will probably sell this monster E2 thing I have, dang, hardly used. And I adjusted this thing all kinds of ways, too low to the ground to get the bars over the L arms. Thanks,
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Reply from Jon G.

For your application I'd use the Curt # 17300 and then add the friction sway control # 83660 .

Nelson H.
I have a 2019 Ford Escape with the factory tow package rated for 3500# i am buying a braxton creek Bushwacker plus with a dry weight of 2250# gvwr of 3280#. what would you recomend for weight distribution and sway?
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Reply from Jon G.

I'd check out the Blue Ox TrackPro # BLU36FR . This is a weight distribution system with integrated sway control.

Richard
Looking for a wdh with sway control. I have a 20ft camper that has a tongue weight of 400lbs and dry weight of 3000lbs. Any recommendations.
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Reply from Jon G.

I would check out either the Blue Ox SwayPro # BXW0756 or TrackPro # BLU23FR . One uses the chain hangers and the other uses the solid brackets for attaching to your trailer frame.

Jerrod S.
I have a 2008 Toyota Sequoia with tow package. My tow capacity is 9,100 and a payload of 1250. I am purchasing an Alpha Wolf 26dbhl - 31 foot with dry weight 5800 and hitch weight of 600. I want to get a very good WDH setup. Could you provide a couple of recommendations? Since I will be tight on payload capacity I want to consider WDH weight as well. Thanks in advance.
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Reply from Jon G.

I'd check out the Equal-i-zer # EQ37120ET , the SwayPro # BXW1000 , and the TrackPro # BLU59FR . These all weigh about 100 lbs (more or less) but that weight actually isn't calculated into the equation because the WDH is the thing doing all of the work.

Reply from Jerrod S.

@JonG appreciate your response!

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Reply from Jon G.

@JerrodS Anytime!

Harry W.
1993 Chevrolet 2500 with a 6.5 L diesel towing a 21’ Flagstaff model FLD21FBRS I haven’t noticed any swaying issues or breaking issues seems to toe just fine off the rear receiver is there something additionally that I should be using?
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Reply from Jon G.

We recommend using a weight distribution system (WDS) any time the trailer weighs at least half the weight of the tow vehicle. Reason being that people typically see trailer sway and rear end sag for their truck under these circumstances. If you have your trailer loaded correctly and your truck is able to remain level when the trailer is connected then I wouldn't necessarily worry about a WDS.

Reply from Harry W.

@JonG Thank you Jon! I have one I also have an adjustable hitch where I can raise/lower I will attempt to adjust that so that I’m about an inch lower on the truck and the trailer at level. Appreciate appreciate your advice thank you so much.

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Reply from Jon G.

@HarryW Anytime!

Shawn
I have a 2018 4 door Jeep Wrangler that is rated for 3500 lbs towing capacity. I tow a travel trailer that weights 1850 lbs (dry). I used a standard ball and Curt Friction Sway bar. The Jeep handles the weight just fine, and I have never experienced sway. However, I would like a more stiff feeling and the safest towing possible since the Jeep is not the stiffest vehicle there is. Would a weight distribution hitch provide for less possibility of sway, and a stiffer safer feel? If so what WDH would you recommend?
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Reply from Jon G.

Yes, a WDH would provide better sway control than the older friction sway bar design. I have 2 different options for you to choose from; I recommend either going with the tried-and-true Strait-Line # RP66083 (with hitch ball # A-90 or # 19286 ), or the newer TrackPro # BLU36FR . The Strait-Line has been around a while and is a favorite for how well the sway control works. The TrackPro is a newer system to up but it has a good amount of adjustability, is easier to install, and has been receiving good reviews from those that are using it.

Reply from Shawn

@JonG Thank you! My 2018 Jeep Wrangler 4 door JL, has the stock tow package hitch receiver. That should be compatible with either of these WDH, correct?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Shawn I checked out the owner's manual for your Jeep and it looks like they say a WDH is just fine to use. I recommend verifying this in your copy of the owner's manual as well.

Franklin J.
do is need to keep the same equilizer spring bar on the same side of the trailer or does it matter?
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Reply from Jon G.

Typically both sides are interchangeable so you should be good to go.

Jon R.
I have been getting a lot of confusing answers to this question and I’m hoping you can help! I have a 2018 Land Rover Discovery towing an Airstream 23cb international. Land Rover says don’t use a WDH and will cause damage. All the trailer dealers say a WDH is necessary regardless of what LR says. What is your opinion? If no WDH, what would be your suggestion for sway control? Thank you for your help!
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Reply from Jon G.

I definitely understand why you're getting confusing answers. Land Rover wants what's best for your Discovery while Airstream wants what's best for the trailer. Typically we recommend using a WDH when the trailer exceeds half of the curb (unloaded) weight of the tow vehicle. In your situation since Land Rover specifically says not to use a WDH I would advise against using a WDH and just do your best to supplement with an independent sway control, and try to load the trailer so it has an appropriate amount of tongue weight (try to hit 13% of the loaded weight of the trailer). The absolute best standalone sway control that we have is the Tuson # 335TSC-1000 . This senses when your trailer starts to sway and it will briefly activate your appropriate trailer brakes to stop the sway. The reason that this is the best is because Tuson has built in codes for troubleshooting anything that could go wrong with this system. It's not that the system will go wrong frequently, it's just that since this uses your electric brake system it can be really frustrating trying to troubleshoot electric problems sometimes and Tuson made it a lot easier with this unit.

John C.
I am looking at purchasing a 2019 Airstream 25FBT travel trailer. It’s empty curb weight is 5503 lbs, GVWR is 7300 lbs and has a tongue weight of 850 lbs. The tow vehicle will be an F-150 SuperCrew F4X, with 3.5 echo boost and Max tow package. GVWR is 7000 lbs, GCVR is 18100 lbs, maximum loaded trailer weight 12700 lbs. My concern is the truck payload limit of 1464 lbs. With truck occupants, fuel and trailer tongue weight I will exceed payload. Will utilizing a weight distribution hitch remove tongue weight and put me within limitations?
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Reply from Jon G.

A weight distribution system can sometimes allow you to tow a larger trailer as far as the actual trailer hitch goes, but it won't increase the weight rating for your F-150 unless the owner's manual specifically states this. You'll want to make sure that you don't overload your pickup so figuring out what all can go in the trailer and also minimizing the amount of cargo you have is definitely something you'll need to calculate.

Louis P.
I have a 2018 ram 1500 with a 5.7 L engine I’m pulling a 2017 covered wagon trailer is 8 1/2 x 20 is a gvwr of 9990 pounds witha younger weight of approximately 480 pounds I will commonly load the trailer with four 1000 pound motorcycle what type of sway control should I use
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Reply from Jon G.

Anytime the weight of the trailer exceeds half the curb weight of the tow vehicle we recommend using a weight distribution (WD) system that has integrated sway control. For your application I recommend the Reese Strait-Line # RP66084 and either the 2" # A-90 or 2-5/16" # 19286 hitch ball depending on what size trailer coupler you have.

Bj
19ft travel trailer with a GVWR of 3800 pounds, a hitch weight of 357 pounds, and a total dry weight of 2975 pounds. Our tow vehicle is a Ford Explorer v8 with a GCWR of 12000 pounds and a Tow Capacity of 7025 pounds. What is your recommendation for a weight distribution system? Should we go with a WD+ Sway and turn off the Ford Sway Control system, or only WD and leave the Ford Sway Control system on? Thank You!
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Reply from Jon G.

I really like the Reese Strait-Line # RP66083 because it's one of the few weight distribution (WD) systems that fights sway before it starts as opposed to correcting it after the fact. This has a tongue weight rating of 400 lbs - 800 lbs which will be more than enough for the loaded trailer tongue weight plus the weight of anything sitting behind the rear axle of your Explorer. Typically a WD will do better than an integrated sway control so I'd use this over what comes with your Explorer. Just make sure you grab a hitch ball like 2" # A-90 or 2-5/16" # 19286 .

Bruce H.
We're purchasing a 19 ft Escape travel trailer with a GVWR of 5000 pounds, a hitch weight of 290 pounds, and a total dry weight of 3250 pounds. Our tow vehicle is a Toyota Tacoma with a GCWR of 11260 pounds and a TWR of 6400 pounds. What is your recommendation for a weight distribution system that has integrated sway control?
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Reply from Chris R.

For that size trailer you're looking at a total loaded tongue weight of around 500 to 750 pounds. The Fastway WD System w/ Sway Control # FA92-00-0800 will work perfectly for this setup.

J M.
I recently went with a No Boundries 19.7 with gross weight at around 3650. I couldn't get a good recommended anti-sway/weight dis hitch system recommendation from the dealer, as they said it was a single axle and should pull with no issues. The likely reason for this opinion from them was they didn't offer a system that would fit my hitch during the purchase. I am pulling with a grand cherokee with upgraded tow package (max recommended is 6200 range). Any suggestions on a system for a lighter, one axle setup?
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Reply from Chris R.

For a smaller trailer like that the Fastway WD System # FA92-00-0600 will work really well.

Tilford D.
I have a 2021 Salem Hemisphere 310BHI. 1200 hitch weight, 38.6" length and 9088 lbs. I'm pulling with a Ford F250. Can you recommend a hitch?
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Reply from Chris R.

For that size trailer the Curt TruTrack WD System # C17501 will work perfectly.

Russell M.
Hello, about to purchase a Forest River 22MKSE. 26.5' 7585 GVWR. My 12' F-150 can pull 11k with tongue WT of 1,100 using a weight distribution hitch. It might be overkill but wanted to be extra safe. Is there an option you recommend that wouldn't be too much but would still give me the safety I'm looking for?
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Reply from Chris R.

For that size trailer the Fastway Weight Distribution System # FA92-00-1200 will work really, really well.

Martin P.
I just got home with a Forest River 27 foot travel trailer. Gross loaded trailer weight is a little over 8,000 lbs. Swayed a lot coming home from dealer. Had to reduce speed to 55 mph. My truck is a 2019 Ford F-150 XLT with upgraded towing package. I have looked online for options for sway bars. Some with chains some without. What do I need to purchase?
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Reply from Chris R.

I'd definitely go with a full weight distribution system that has integrated sway control. This will drastically improve your ride by both greatly reducing sway and pulling up the rear of your F-150 if there's any sag when hooking up the trailer. For this size trailer the Equal-i-zer # EQ37120ET would be perfect. It includes everything you need for installation.

Jason V.
I just purchased a Jayco Kiwi 23B. The Jayco Kiwi 23B is 23 7 x 7 6 and 8 9 high. It has a gross weight of 4,950 pounds and a hitch weight of 340 pounds. I will be pulling it with a Toyota Tundra SR5 4wd and a 2006 Nissan Armada 2wd. I purchased a used/like new Fastway E2 weight distribution hitch with round bars, that is rated for 10,000lbs TW and 1,000 TGW. Questions-Is the hitch rating OK, and will I be able to transfer it safely and pull properly with both vehicles without making any changes. THANK YOU
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Reply from Chris R.

The loaded tongue weight of your Jayco Kiwi will be around 490 to 740 pounds, so while the Fastway 10K system (600 to 1,000 pound tongue weight range) is technically a bit over-rated, I think you'll get close enough (if not comfortably within) its range when loading up the tow vehicle as well. This system will work really nicely for your setup. Using the system with both your vehicles though will likely require some adjustments each time you change simply because they will offer different ground clearances. It shouldn't be much trouble though as long as you give yourself some extra time before heading out on your adventures.



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