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Recommended Weight Distribution Hitch for No Boundaries 19.6 Travel Trailer

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Hi, The following are the weight specs. on my NoBo I have on order from Forest River: Hitch Weight: 490 lb. Unloaded, UVW: 4,284 lb. and my Cargo Carrying Capacity CCC is 3,206 lb. so I calculated my hitch weight using my Gross Vehicle Weight which is approx. 7,500 lbs.. If I understand the calculations my actual hitch weight calculated from the above weights should fall somewhere between 750 lbs. for a low and up to 863 for a high. Will this Blue Ox 47FR satisfy my needs on my new NoBo? Im also looking at another Weight Distribution Hitch made by Curt that you sell and it is the C17063 so would it work as well? Their design seems to be more old school for sway control but price wise it is the better choice. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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The most important factor when it comes to choosing a weight distribution hitch is going to be your tongue weight. Ideally you want your tongue weight to fall somewhere in the middle of your WDH range. Tongue weight is going to be 10-15% of your trailer weight depending on how you load it. Keep in mind, it also includes the weight of anything behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. Assuming you are at the maximum weight, that puts you at 750-1,125 lbs for your tongue weight.

The # C17063 is rated on the high side, so you would be looking at a rigid ride and bumpy trailer if your tongue weight is under 1,000 lbs. Regardless, I would not choose the Curt over the Blue Ox, you will be a lot happier with the 2 point sway control from the L brackets on the Blue Ox.

If you want to stick with the Blue Ox TrackPro, you will need to know what your tongue weight is once you have your trailer and get it loaded up. The Blue Ox TrackPro # BLU47FR would work well if your tongue weight is 600-800 lbs. For 800-1,000 lbs you would want the # BLU77FR and for 1,000-1,300 lbs the # BLU59FR. If you end up on the lower side the # BLU36FR works for a tongue weight of 200-600 lbs.

It is also worth noting that you can swap out the spring bars for different ratings with this system if need be. For example, if you got the # BLU59FR and needed a lower rating you could switch the bars out with the # BLU52FR, effectively turning it into the # BLU77FR.

If you would like the best sway control possible for your NoBo, and a system that covers a wide range of tongue weights, I recommend the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control # RP66084. This system uses dual-cam sway control and has a tongue weight range of 600-1,200 lbs. This also means it will cover you loading your trailer differently at different times. The hitch ball is separate so you would need the # A-90 for a 2" and the # 19286 for a 2-5/16" ball.

I have attached some review videos for your reference. I also attached a helpful article on determining trailer tongue weight for you to check out.

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