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Old 07-22-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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Safest way to tow 30' trailer

We just purchased a 1997 Aerolite 30' travel trailer. This is a huge step up from our previous 16' fiberglass trailer. We were wondering what we need to safely tow our trailer. Do we need sway control, weight distribution, or something different? Aerolite's specs say that the trailer is GVWR 5500, total base weight (dry) 4010, and dry hitch weight 360. We are towing with a 1994 GMC 3/4 ton Sierra 4x4 with a tow package and aftermarket 1 ton rear end.

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I doubt if a 30' TT has a GVWR as low as 5500#. Look for a tag/sticker on the left front corner of the trailer that has the GVWR stamped on it.

You will definitely need weight distributing and sway control. For a good hitch that works well, I like the Reese Dual Cam HP. You would need the 800 or 1100# WD bars. If your GVWR is as low as you stated, the 800# bars will work.

The hitch weight should be 10 to 15% of the loaded trailer weight for a stable trailer.

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