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Old 05-09-2016, 08:38 AM   #1
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I currently have a single axle camper (Jayco) and want to add a carry rack on the rear bumper to haul about 300 lbs. I do not want to mess up the tongue weight now. Can I put a weight distribution/sway system to add the carry rack? I am in the market for a tandem axle camper and plan on moving this system over when I get one.

Guess I could add another axle. Probably get expensive though.

Help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:21 AM   #2
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I currently have a single axle camper (Jayco) and want to add a carry rack on the rear bumper to haul about 300 lbs. I do not want to mess up the tongue weight now.
Hi, Svckent, and

Y0u certainly do ask tough questions for your first post!

Adding 300 pounds to your back bumper is certainly going to affect tongue weight on that small camper trailer.

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Can I put a weight distribution/sway system to add the carry rack?
That won't help balancing the weight in the trailer so the tongue weight is not affected. A WD hitch distributes about 20% of the tongue weight back to the trailer axle, and another 20% to the front axle of the tow vehicle, leaving about 60% of the gross tongue weight on the rear axle. But you don't need to redistribute the tongue weight - you need to increase tongue weight so you have at least 10% of the gross trailer weight on the tongue. The only way to do that is to move weight from behind the trailer axle to in front of the trailer axle.

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I am in the market for a tandem axle camper and plan on moving this system over when I get one.
Then you must plan very carefully so the WD hitch will have the correct weight limits to work on both the very-light tongue weight of your current trailer and the heavier tongue weight of the new tandem-axle trailer. Example: Assume your current trailer will have 300 pounds tongue weight after you load the carry rack. The new trailer will gross 6,000 pounds with 780 pounds tongue weight. So you need a WD hitch designed for a minimum tongue weight (TW) of 300 pounds and a max TW of 800 pounds.

With a quick search, I don't find any good WD hitches that can handle both 300 and 800 pounds tongue weight. Closest is the Reese Strait Line rated for 800 pounds tongue weight. But minimum tongue weight is 400 pounds for that hitch, and you won't have 400 pounds tongue weight.
Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 800 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66083

So that means you'll probably have to buy a different hitch when you buy the new trailer.
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Will the bumper support 300lbs?
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