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Can Weight Distribution Rated for Lower Tongue Weight than Actual Tongue Weight be Used

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I perchase a eaz elite sway bar with my trailler. The problem is that they gave me a 600 pound at the tongue. But the tongue way 630 pound plus you have to ad 2 propane tanks and a battery so the weight is probably 700 they tell me it is good. I dont think so i think they should of put a 800 pound instead. The problen the rear of the vehicle sags 1 1/2 inches and cant get it better then that. It should only drop 1/2 inch ?

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You are correct, the bars are rated too low for the tongue weight of your trailer. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle.

Even a 1/2 an inch of sag may be excessive after the proper spring bars are used. You are correct you should have the higher capacity spring bars. A system that is rated lower than the total tongue weight will not be effective. I would get them to swap the 600 pound bars for the higher capacity 800 pound bars. I have included a couple of links to the right that might also help.

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