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Options for Sway Control on a Hitch That Cannot Use Weight Distribution

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Hi, Just purchases a 2021 Audi Q8 and want to tow our travel trailer of 18ft UVW 3,350, dry hitch weight 430. I have the factory tow package receiver but noted we cannot use weight distro system. Could you please recommend the best ball mount 2 5/16 ball to go with the sway control kit mentioned? Also, we have the Prodigy Tekonsha wireless brake controller so assume this will work? We have been towing with a Jaguar FPace so thought I could simply transfer right over but not so easy I guess. Thanks

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We definitely have some options available for your 2021 Audi Q8. With your trailer sitting right at 24 inches tall and the hitch sitting at 17 inches, I am going to suggest going with 7 inches of rise.

The Curt Ball Mount for 2" Hitches - 7" Rise, 8" Drop - 9-3/8" Long # C45448 will have the needed 7 inches of rise and will also be able to handle up to 12,000 pounds. The Curt 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-3/4" Long Shank # C40008 will then attach to this ball mount. You will also need a pin and clip, like the C21500, if you do not already have one.

From here, you will have a few options for the sway control. The first will be a friction style set up. The Curt Friction Sway Control System # 17200 is adjustable and reduces side-to-side movement caused by winds, passing traffic, curving roads, or sudden maneuvers. However, this will require drilling to install on the trailer and must be unhooked before reversing. You will also need the Reese Sway-Control Bracket for 2" Ball Mounts # RP26003. This is the reason the # C40008 was suggested as it has a longer shank.

Another option will be the Lippert Sway Command Electronic Sway Control System for Electric Trailer Brakes # LC380605. This helps correct sway in trailers with or without weight distribution but will require drilling as well and a junction box, like the Spectro Trailer Wiring Junction Box # 38656, to tap into.

As to swapping the Tekonsha Prodigy RF # TK94FR from your Jaguar to your new Audi, as you have a 7 Way plug, you should be good to go.

2021 Audi Q8 Factory Hitch - A
2021 Audi Q8 Factory Hitch - A
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2021 Audi Q8 Factory Hitch - B
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2021 K-Z Escape Travel Trailer Coupler Height
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2021 Audi Q8 Factory Hitch Height
2021 Audi Q8 Factory Hitch Height
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