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Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2016 Keystone Travel Trailer With 7800 lb GVWR


morning I have a 2008 tundra towing a 2016 keystone travel trailer ,the hitch weight is said to be 710 with a GVWR OF 7800 lbs , I looking at purchasing the Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW RP66074 will this hitch be fine for my application


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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 of the SUV or truck bed 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.

You can't go wrong with the Strait-Line System, which actually stops trailer sway dead in its tracks before it can begin. I can recommend a few systems for you, but it'll be up to you to find the fully loaded trailer tongue weight of your trailer. The # RP66074 is designed for trailers with tongue weights between 600-1200 lbs. The next step up in capacity from there would be # RP66130, rated for tongue weights between 800-1500. Neither set-up includes the weight distributing shank, so you'll want to choose a shank that will place the trailer ball about 1-1/2 inches above level. I'll link you to an FAQ article that explains how to choose a ball mount that places the trailer level with the truck. The same principle applies to the weight distribution shank, you'll just want to remember to leave the trailer ball about 1-1/2 inches above level.

You'll also need a 2-5/16 inch trailer ball with a 1-1/4 inch diameter shank, like the # 19286.

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