Originally Posted by bsmith95610
Some of you mentioned a hitch weight of 50 or 171 lbs. My current hitch that I use for towing my small aluminum boat does not weight anywhere close to that. Would the weight you were referencing be for getting a weight distribution system like one of the below?
Yes, except both of those are cheap WD hitches with cheap sway bars for sway control. Weight-carrying (WC) ball mounts are not nearly as heavy as a weight-distributing (WD) ball mount. My WC ball mounts weigh only around 20 pounds, but my Reese Strait-Line hitch is closer to 50 pounds, and my ProPride hitch is well over 100 pounds.
When discussing the weight of the hitch, that does not include the weight of the receiver that is bolted to the frame of the truck. It includes the shank that goes into that receiver, along with the ball mount and any other parts of the hitch.
If so would that be needed for towing a trailer like this since it is close to the maximum weight for my truck? Then also would a sway system be recommended as well?
Rule of thumb is that any trailer with tongue weight of 500 pounds or more requires a weight-distributing (WD) hitch. Average tongue weight is 13% of gross trailer weight, so any trailer with GVWR over 3,846 requires a WD hitch.
Anyone with at least two brain cells to rub together wants excellent sway control. Not the inadequate sway control provided by so-called sway bars, but excellent sway control.
WD hitches come in three levels. Cheap, good or excellent. Cheap includes any hitch that has sway bars, or no sway control at all. Most brands sell cheap hitches. Don't buy one.
Good includes the following, which list for around $800 to $1000 and you can buy online for about half that including the shank.
Equil-I-Zer and Blue Ox don't sell cheap hitches. But if you decide on a Reese, Curt or Husky, then be sure it is a Strait-Line or TruTrack or CenterLine
Excellent includes the old Hensley Arrow and the newer design of that hitch called the ProPride. (I have a ProPride on my TT and a Strait-Line on my cargo trailer.)
Some of the above come with either trunnion bars or round bars. Always choose the trunnion bars. The round bars go down from the hitch head and reduce clearance between the bottom of the round bars and the road, so they are much more likely to drag on the road over bumps or dips.
PullRite also sells an excellent WD hitch for travel trailers. It installs on the tow vehicle and not on the trailer, so if you update your tow vehicle the old PullRite hitch may not fit your new tow vehicle. Standard PullRite 10K | PullRite Hitches