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Recommended Weight Distribution System for 1986 Holiday Rambler Alumalite Trailer

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Will be pulled with chevy Silverado 1500 ext cab. With tow package. Previous owner says camper weight is 6000 lbs. Camper is 23 ft and I found some info online that stated this camper model is 3450 lbs? Would love to know true weight and get a sway control system to match accordingly. Thx!

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I can help you determine the best weight distribution system to use, but you will need to confirm the GVWR and tongue weight of your trailer on the spec plate or sticker on the trailer. The best way to select a weight distribution hitch is with the tongue weight and GVWR of your trailer and the tongue weight should typically be 10-15% of the loaded weight of your trailer. Assuming you use the full GVWR of the camper then you'll need a weight distribution hitch with at least 900-lbs of capacity. If you don't already have a tongue weight scale like the etrailer # e99044, it might be a good investment so you're always able to keep tabs on what the trailer's tongue weight is.

With all of that said, something like the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW # EQ37100ET would be a good fit if your trailer typically has closer to the 900-lbs tongue weight. The Equal-i-zer system might require a thin walled socket like the # EQ70-00-4800 to install the hitch ball, which is included. If you ever need a replacement hitch ball, that's available with part # EQ54FR.

If your trailer properly loaded and ready to get on the road comes in closer to the 10% number then the Blue Ox TrackPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - 7-Hole Shank - 8K GTW, 800 lbs TW # BLU47FR would be a good choice since it's only got an 800-lbs tongue weight capacity. The TrackPro comes with a 2-5/16" hitch ball.

I've linked some review videos of these parts for you to check out, but if you can provide your tongue weight, we can confirm which system might be best for your trailer. You can also obtain information about the dry weight and tongue weight of your trailer on the spec sticker/plate on the trailer.

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