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Easiest to Take on & Off Weight Distribution Hitch For 5,300 lb Trailer


I have a 1998 Airstream 25 ft flying cloud Gvwr 5300 lbs and I pull it with a 2020 Chevy Silverado trail boss 5.3L. I would like a few options for easy to hook and unhook weight distribution hitches. Thanks


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There are two options for a weight distribution hitch for a 5,300 lb GVWR trailer that would qualify as the easiest, and those are chain-style hitches. And while "easy" is a relative term when it comes to hooking up and unhooking a weight distribution hitch, the chain-styles don't require you to use a lever to snap bars into place, which takes some force and would not be considered easy.

They instead have their own types of tools that are simpler to use, and for a 5,300 lb GVWR trailer - which will have a tongue weight in the 600 lb - 700 lb range, there are a pair of options:

- Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution with Sway Control # BXW0750

- Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control # RP66083

The SwayPro is the easiest overall to use, as you just insert the chains into the brackets and use the included wrench to tighten them (there is a socket on the outside of the brackets which the wrench fits).

The Strait-Line is different in that it uses a handle that attaches to the brackets and you'll use the handle to snap the brackets up and put them in place once the chains are on. A couple of things to keep in mind with the Strait-Line is that it is not compatible with surge brakes (electric brakes only) and does not come with a hitch ball so you'll need either 2" Hitch Ball # A-90 or 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # 19286.

The SwayPro does come with a 2-5/16" hitch ball, though if you have a 2" coupler you can replace it with 2" Ball # A-90. Between the two, if you are looking for overall ease of use, the SwayPro is definitely the way to go.

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Kyle S

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