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Recommended Weight Distribution System and Sway Bar for 3 Horse Trailer

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Picking the right weight distribution bars and sway kit for the new horse trailer. Hello, We ordered a new horse trailer from Double D. We are researching hitches but there are so many options. The trailer company does not recommend specific brands, but the trailer comes with the pop up brackets welded on. Truck information: 2011 Dodge Ram Manufacture date is 05/10 2500 Crew cab short bed 4x4 diesel Laramie Tow package Door Sticker: 5500 GAWR front / 6010 GAWR rear GVWR : 9600 Front tires : 60 PSI Cold Rear tires: 70 PSI Cold Truck ways approx 7000lbs. Payload: 2330 Weight in truck: 2-6 people, dogs, a few big hay bales 100# in bed. Trailer Information double d trailer bumper-pull 3-horse-slant-load Base weight: 4140 lbs So add in a couple hundred for hay rack that we added, awning, and two extra inches on height. Stock height is 74 Our specific details: Overall trailer box length 19 ft Height 76 inch interior clearance Width 80inch Side wind jack with dolly wheel 9900 lb combined axle capacity with brakes on both, independent suspension ST225/75R15 D gray wheels with chrome cap Ball size required: 2 5/16 Will carry up to 3 horses 1200 lbs each, up to 10 bales of hay in roof rack, 30 gallons of fresh water no grey/black tanks 1000 approx of tack, gear, etc... This trailer is very close to what Im getting. Plus a wood tack box in the tack room.

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Thanks for all the information and attempt to show me a comparable trailer. I was able to find one online to assist with the visual. For your trailer I recommend the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 15K GTW, 1.5K TW # C17422. This is based on the fact you already have the pop up brackets and the weights you mentioned for your trailer. This system already comes with the pre-torqued 2-5/16 inch hitch ball and it comes with the friction sway bar. This bar will help control your trailer sway, but it does need to be disconnected using the quick release pin prior to backing up to prevent damage to the system. The rest of the system is fine to stay in place while you back up.

I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle # F2701 you asked from to also help with load leveling of your truck. Since you will be adjusting the number of passengers and equipment, the best option is to use adjustable springs for the most comfort and ride height. This system will allow you to add an in bed hitch in case you ever want to tow a gooseneck or 5th wheel trailer in the future. It comes with the manual valves which you can place wherever is convenient or you can use a compressor system like # F2097 to help.

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Hello Jason, I just wanted to verify that this is the right part for a 7 inch drop for the hitch you recommended: C17123 The attached photos are the actual trailer. The bottom of the coupler is 14 inches off the ground and the bottom of our receiver is 21 inches off of the ground. Would that work? Regards Also, the tongue weight unloaded (4500) is Tongue weight: 829 (18.42%) The tongue weight loaded is Tongue weight: 1658 (18.42%)

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Based on the information and photo you added the Curt system previously mentioned will not be a good fit as you will already exceed the 15K capacity with just the trailer load.

My recommendation is the Reese Titan Weight Distribution w/out Shank - Trunnion Bar - 17,000 lbs GTW, 1,700 lbs TW # RP66006. This will only be compatible if you don't load any cargo in your truck bed behind the rear axle. This will require a different shank and a hitch ball as well as any sway control like # 83660.

If you were to carry more, then I recommend using the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 20,000 lbs GTW, 2,000 lbs TW # BXW2000 which has the integrated sway control but would require replacing the brackets on your trailer.

With either option, I recommend hitch ball # 63840.

For a compatible shank, you won't get the drop you are seeking but the closest you can get is the Reese Titan Weight Dist Shank - Trunnion Only - 5-3/4" Drop, 8-1/4" Rise - 1,700 lbs TW # RP54977 unless you spend much more and get the Gen-Y Torsion Shank # 325-GH-1302 or # 325-GH-1102.

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