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Recommended Weight Distribution System With Highly Effective Sway Control Capabilities

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I was wondering if you have any advice as to which of the following weight distribution hitch systems has the better anti sway set up? The Curt Tru Track #17500 or the Husky Center Line #32218 My new used travel trailer has a rear kitchen including fridge and I am very concerned about trailer sway with passing semis and wind out on the open highways. Perhaps you have a better option in a similar price range?

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A weight distribution system isn't a one size fits all proposition. W/D systems are available with spring bars of various capacities, you'll want to choose the system based on the fully loaded tongue weight of your trailer.

To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area your Grand Cherokee behind the rear axle. I've linked to an FAQ article that explains how to do this. These combined figures represent the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your set-up. The TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight distribution system you choose.

The Curt Tru-Trac is rated for 800-1000 lbs of tongue weight, which is actually a pretty narrow range. The Center Line is rated for 800-1200 lbs, which is a bit better. Both these systems will resist trailer sway after it occurs but since you seem very concerned about crosswinds and turbulence from passing and oncoming traffic, a system that prevents sway before it can begin would be the very best option for you.

The Reese Strait-Line W/D systems literally force the trailer to stay in line behind the tow vehicle unless you're negotiating a turn. It is the most effective weight distribution/sway control combination system we offer. These systems are somewhat more expensive than the systems you mentioned, but when you consider how stressful it can be to tow a trailer that's wandering all over the road and trying to take your tow vehicle with it, the difference in price becomes less and less important. Since you expressed concern about trailer sway, the Strait-Line would be the best fit for your needs.

If the total tongue weight of your trailer is between 200-600 lbs, use part # RP66082. If the tongue weight ranges from 400-800 lbs, part # RP66083 would be a good choice. If the total tongue weight is between 600-1200 lbs, the # RP66084 would be recommended.

All three systems I recommended include a height adjustable shank, but you'll need the correctly sized trailer ball. For a 2 inch ball, use part # A-90 or for a 2-5/16 inch ball use # 19286.

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