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Weight Distribution for 15,000 Pound Amped Trailer and 2012 Ram 3500

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I have a 2012 3500 dodge Larimee, It has air bags and front suspension lift. I just purchased a 2015 Amped it will have a GTW OF 15000. Currently it is about 11000. And was having a hard time with the reese cam 12000. We are worried we arent able to pull our trailer safely with our system. My husband has plenty of experience hauling heavy loads but this hauling situation is making him a little nervous any suggestions on what we should be using as a weight distribution /trunnion/sway set up.

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To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This 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.

A trailer that weighs 11,000 pounds would have a tongue weight around 1,100 to 1,650 pounds (10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight). Using a 1,200 pound system is not recommended because even unloaded and with nothing in the truck bed you are likely exceeding the capacity of the system.

I recommend going with a Blue Ox SwayPro system rated for 2,000 pounds tongue weight # BXW2000. This system also has a gross trailer weight capacity of 20,000 pounds. For a 2-5/16 inch ball I recommend # 63840.

If you have the trailer loaded to its 15,000 pound capacity then the tongue weight of the trailer alone could climb to 2,250 pounds. In that case you would need an even stronger system. But for that you will need a different hitch.

If your truck came with the factory trailer hitch then you would need TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum # TLD1102-30. This is the only setup that will have a tongue weight capacity high enough to handle 2,250 pounds (up to 3,000 pounds) but only if the truck has the factory hitch and only with a weight distribution system rated that high.

For a weight distribution system rated that high the only option is the Everest # TLWD1000. I have linked a video review of this system for you. It is the most heavy duty system we have. You will also need to add a shank using # TLM9010 or # TLM9011 and a ball using # C40085. I have included some helpful links on weight distribution and tongue weight for you.

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