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Weight Distribution For 4,750 lb GVWR Trailer & Lifted Truck  


Hi there! I have a 2012 Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite X20E travel trailer. My truck is a 2015 Toyota Tundra and it is lifted. I am currently not using a weight distribution setup, but I really think I need to go ahead and get set up on one. When I am doing the searches for what would be compatible, I am finding set ups that do not have a shank that has a drop on it. I did find the Blue Ox does. Im looking at the BXW1006 since it has a 7 inch drop. Now since that is rated higher on the tongue weight and GTW, is that going to be an issue since my trailer is a lot lighter than what this set up is made for? I do have an adjustable shank right now, but Im not sure if it would be compatible with any other system. thank you in advance!


Expert Reply:

Okay, we can get you set up here with the right weight distribution hitch for your Jayco Jay Feather and lifted Tundra, though you will want to go with a different option than the Blue Ox you mentioned. The reason is that hitch is for loaded tongue weights of between 750 lbs and 1,000 lbs, and your Jacyo with a 4,750 lb GVWR will have a loaded tongue weight in the 600 lb range or so. And using a system rated too highly will result in a very rough, bouncy ride, which is something you'll want to avoid.

So the solution here is actually to use a properly rated weight distribution hitch, and swap out its shank for something with more drop. These weight distribution hitches have shanks that are essentially universal, so you can use a different brand shank and hitch. The best option for you is going to be the following set up:

- Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Round - 8,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW # FA94-00-0800

- Curt Weight Distribution Shank 13" Long - 10" Drop # C17124

- 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # 63840

This Fastway e2 system is rated for tongue weights between 400 lbs and 800 lbs, which is perfect for your needs, and the e2 is easily the best value among weight distribution hitches, with a unique combination of relative cost-effectiveness and high quality with superior sway control.

Since you have to purchase an extra part, the round bar system is going to be the better value for you than the similar Fastway trunnion bar system, as it is going to be a less expensive option. Trunnion bars give more clearance than round bars (but are more expensive) but you won't need that with your lifted truck, and the Curt shank offers the most possible drop of 9-1/2 inches. Apart from that the only thing you will need is the hitch ball to complete the set up and you're set.

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