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Old 11-23-2019, 06:17 AM   #1
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Weight distribution hitches

Do you need a weight distribution hitch on a 36ft class a gasser towing 18ft trailer?
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Do you need a weight distribution hitch on a 36ft class a gasser towing 18ft trailer?
I'm really not an expert on Class A's but I'd say it depends on the hitch capacity of the Class A and the weight of the trailer. I'd also say a lot of class A tow too much and burn through trannies and overtax the cooling system. Can yours actually haul that much?
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Weight of the trailer, its tongue weight, and the receiver capacity will determine whether you need WD.
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I know I'll catch flak on this BUT, hitch on MH is rated 5000tc/500tw , best guess on trailer loaded will be approx 6100. I will verify total weight when I can,so that is a high almost educated guess.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:36 AM   #5
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I know I'll catch flak on this BUT, hitch on MH is rated 5000tc/500tw , best guess on trailer loaded will be approx 6100. I will verify total weight when I can,so that is a high almost educated guess.

Assuming an enclosed cargo trailer or tandem-axle car hauler, your limiter as to max trailer weight is the 500 pounds max tongue weight (TW). When properly-loaded to 500 pounds TW, your trailer will have 13% TW. So that's a max trailer weight of only 3,846 pounds. Your 6,100 pound trailer will have about 800 pounds TW.

So go back and study your motor home hitch weight specs again. Will it support 800 pounds TW when used with a weight-distributing (WD) hitch?

Most towing specs of 5,000/500 assume a weight-carrying (WC) hitch, which is a simple draw bar/ball mount that slides into the receiver. But they are often rated for more weight when used with a WD hitch. For example, my F-150 receiver is rated 5000/500 WC, but 13,200/1,320 WD.

If your MH chassis and receiver are rated for at least 800 pounds WD, then your answer is to invest in a good WD hitch. I would choose an Equal-I-Zer, Blue Ox SwayPro, or Reese Strait-Line trunnion because of the very good sway prevention. Less-expensive WD hitches have decent weight distribution but not as good sway control/prevention.

And now for the flac. DO NOT overload your receiver hitch. 'Nuff said.
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Weight distribution is likely not the issue, but a gasser has a long overhang and you will need sway control. No, you can't tow 6K with a 5K capacity hitch.

The racer world upgrades such to do this job, but if you have to ask, you do not have the KSAs to achieve a good result.

Look at what you want to do and pick a lighter weight trailer and load. A light weight open aluminum trailer from Aluma, Trailex and others is about 1000#s and will carry 4K#s.

Good luck with your decision. Pat
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