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Weight Distribution Recommendation for 2020 Chevy Equinox AWD and Airstream Basecamp

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I have a 2020 Chevy Equinox Premier AWD w/ 2.0l engineer and the factory towing package. I’m considering a 2020 Airstream Basecamp X as an RV. An initial, and incomplete, review of the specs indicates the overall GVWR of the trailer is 3,500 which matches the maximum capabilities of the Equinox. Need to check tongue weight. I’ve towed a rental R-Pod with similar weight, and it was equipped with a weight distribution hitch Blue Ox?. Seemed to work well, and I’m wondering if a WD hitch is needed for the new setup, if it’s optional, or if there’s a chance it might cause problems. Appreciate ay insight. Thanks.

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Weight distribution is recommended any time the trailer weighs at least half the weight of the tow vehicle. It looks like your 2020 Chevy Equinox has a curb weight of about 3,500 lbs so I definitely recommend it in your case.

For a trailer GVWR of 3,500 lbs you'll want to shoot for a tongue weight of at least 350 lbs - when I checked the online 2020 Equinox manual it said not to exceed 350 lbs so you'll need to load the trailer pretty precise. To make things easier you can use a tongue weight scale like part # e99044 which can also be stored in your trailer ready to go.

When it comes to the weight distribution hitch itself I recommend checking out the Blue Ox TrackPro # BLU36FR because it comes with all of the parts you need, has adjustable brackets for different tongue designs, and is made right here in the USA.

Attached is a review video of the TrackPro for you to check out.

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