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Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2018 Keystone Summerland 1750RD

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I just bought this camper new last fall and need to purchase a WDH with Sway Control. I am pulling with a 2002 F250 Super Duty. My question is, which model do you recommend? Your site looks like it recommends the RP66074 , which is 1200# TW and 12,000# GTW. My trailer empty only has 465# TW and 3225# Base Weight. I understand that I will add weight to the trailer but I dont want a stiff ride either. Is there a lighter one you might recommend? I’d like to be able to back up with it. Need sway bars, electric brake compatible. I’m not sure what tongue weight will be with fluids but you probably have a good guess. As you can tell I’m a rookie at this. Thanks!

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The most important thing to consider when picking out a weight distribution system is the total tongue weight of your setup. This number includes the loaded tongue weight of the trailer (as if it's ready for a trip) along with any added cargo weight you might have loaded behind the rear axle of your F-250. Ideally this number falls comfortably within the operating range of the system you choose.

Based on my research your 2018 Keystone Summerland 1750RD Trailer does indeed have an empty weight of 3,225 pounds like you mentioned but its GVWR is 4.400 pounds, which represents the most it can weigh when fully loaded. Since a trailer's tongue weight should be 10 to 15 percent of its total weight, we can estimate a loaded tongue weight of around 440 to 660 pounds.

I do agree that the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66074 you referenced, which features a tongue weight capacity of 600 to 1,200 pounds might be a tad over-rated. For the total tongue weight range you're looking at the better option is with the lower rated Reese Strait-Line # RP66083, which has a tongue weight capacity of 400 to 800 pounds. This matches up to your potential range perfectly.

The Reese Strait-Line System is a great choice because of its superior self-adjusting sway control that not only quickly stops sway once it starts but also works to prevent it from happening at all. This does allow backing up and is electric brake compatible. The only thing you will need to add is a compatible hitch ball like the 2 inch # A-90 or the 2-5/16 inch # 19286.

I have attached a short video demonstration that you can check out as well.

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Chris R

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Thanks Chris ! I really do not want to drill holes in my trailer. Do you sell another one that meets my needs?

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I have a great option for you.

I highly recommend taking a look at the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System # FA92-00-0800 that uses clamp-on brackets that attach to the trailer frame so you don't have to drill into it at all. This system features integrated 2-Point sway control to greatly reduce any side-to-side movement and its 400 to 800 pound tongue weight capacity is still a great match for your setup.

I have attached a video review on this system that you can also check out.

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Chris R

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Hi Chris I forgot to mention that I have a steel flatbed on my F250, does that change your recommendation? I was also thinking that I may need more than a maximum TW of 800# What is the difference between the one you recommended FA92-00-0800 and FA 94-00-1000?

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The flat bed on your F-250 won't have any effect on the weight distribution system so there's no issue there.

If you're concerned about possibly exceeding the 800 pound tongue weight limit on the Fastway # FA92-00-0800 then you could certainly go up to the Fastway # FA92-00-1000, which features a tongue weight capacity range of 600 to 1,000 pounds. You don't want to over-do it by a lot but having a system that's slightly over-rated won't have any negative effect on your ride or the system's operation.

The difference between this system and the # FA94-00-1000 that you mentioned is the type of spring bars that are used. This particular system uses round bars while the # FA92-00-1000 I recommended uses square trunnion bars. The primary difference here is that round bars angle down below the weight distribution head before making their way to the trailer frame brackets which has the potential of creating some ground clearance problems. That is why I always recommend going with a trunnion bar setup.

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