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Can Weight Distribution System Allow Trailer Tongue Weight Capacity for Hitch be Exceeded

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I have a 2022 Airstream Basecamp 16X GVWR 3,500 lbs, base weight 2,700 lbs net carrying capacity 800 lbs and a hitch weight with LP and batteries of 450 lbs towed by either a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3L V6 with tow capacity of 3,500 lbs and hitch specification of 350 lbs or a Tesla Y 2021 with the same specifications as the Dodge. My question is: 1 will the weight distribution system compensate for the for the 100 lbs difference in hitch specification. 2 If not can I install a weighing scale hitch and move the luggage weight carried by the Basecamp to the rear to reduce the hitch weight back to 350 lbs? Is this an acceptable and safe approach? 3 If so which weighing scale hitch would you recommend? Many thanks Best regards

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Unless there's a second, higher set of towing capacities listed for the vehicle when using a weight distribution system you cannot exceed the capacities of the vehicle regardless of if you use a WD or not. If you check the hitch of the vehicle there might be a second set of capacities listed if using a WD system but not all vehicles are rated for them so it may not be there.

If you can get the tongue weight down below 350 lbs and it would not lighten the trailer's tongue weight to being less than 10 percent of the total trailer weight then this would work fine. If a trailer's tongue weight ends up less than 10 percent you will typically see sway and handling issues.

For a ball mount with a built in scale that fits a 2 inch hitch the part # WS4-2 would work great.

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