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Recommended Weight Distribution System for Increasing Capacity of Trailer Hitch

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What weight distribution system do you recommend for the draw tight hitch on a ram 3500 so you can get the 2500 pound tongue weight capacity

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The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT45509 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2016 Ram 3500 as long as it has the factory trailer hitch (which will need to be removed). As you mentioned, the 2,000 pound tongue weight capacity on the hitch increases to 2,500 pounds when used with a weight distribution system. It is still a good idea to check the owner's manual for your Ram to make sure it can handle this type of load, as you will still be limited by your weakest component (the hitch or the truck).

The correct weight distribution system for your setup will depend on your total tongue weight. This number includes both the loaded tongue weight of the trailer you are towing, along with any added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your truck. Ideally, this number will fall somewhere near the middle of the operating range for the system you choose.

Using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline # 5780 is the most accurate method for determining your trailer's loaded tongue weight. I have also attached a great article on weight distribution systems that includes some additional methods for this that you can look through. If you are able to tell me the loaded tongue weight of your trailer, I will be happy to make a specific recommendation for a weight distribution system that will work well.

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