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How to Choose a Weight Distribution System for a 2007 FJ Cruiser Towing a Horse Trailer

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I have a 2007 toyota fj cruise that i would like to pull a small horse trailer with pulling one horse . I have been told so many different ways of what to do and what i need. What do you recomend to use? i will need the total towing package with sway control. It must be as safe as possible. thank you

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To ensure that you choose the correct weight distribution system for your horse trailer, we will need to know some information about your trailer. The most important factor to consider when purchasing a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow.

Each weight distribution system that you look at will have a tongue weight capacity range. You will want to choose a system that encompasses the tongue weight of your trailer. For example, the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control, # RP66072, that you referenced has a tongue weight range of 200 to 600 lbs. If the tongue weight of your horse trailer falls within that range with the horse and supplies loaded, then this system will work well for you. I have attached an article that covers how to find your trailers tongue weight.

If you find that you need a system with a higher tongue weight capacity, then I would recommend sticking with the Strait-Line systems because the included dual cam sway control is one of the best types of sway control you will find. I have attached a link to all of our Reese Strait-Line weight distribution systems.

The next factor that you will want to consider is selecting the proper shank for the weight distribution system. In some cases, especially with the FJ Cruiser, the trailer hitch will sit much higher than the trailer coupler. Our weight distribution shanks are adjustable, but some will have more drop to accommodate for taller hitches.

To determine the correct amount of drop that you will need in a weight distribution shank you will want to measure from the ground to the top of your trailer hitch receiver, which is your hitch height, and from the ground to the bottom of your trailer coupler, which is your coupler height. You simply subtract your coupler height from your hitch height to get the proper amount of drop. I have attached a help article that explains how to measure.

The most common weight distribution shank is the Reese Shank, # RP54970. This shank has a 2 inch drop. I have attached a link to all of the weight distribution shanks that will work with the Reese Strait-Line weight distribution systems for you to check out that list the different rise and drop measurements. You will also need a hitch ball. For a 2 inch hitch ball use part # A-90. For a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball use part # 19286.

I have also attached a help article on weight distribution that you should find helpful. If you have any further questions, just let me know.

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