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Old 12-09-2017, 10:03 AM   #15
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You need to get the bars parralel to the frame so they ride more evenly on the brackets. A shot of the whole truck and trailer plus a shot of the entire tongue area with the hitch all hooked up would help to assess your setup. I will say that if the trailer is even remotely close to your tow vehicles towing limit the dealer did you a huge disservice by selling you a cheap hitch rather than a hitch with built in sway control like an Equa-lizer 4 point or a Blue ox.

The paint on the brackets and bars is supposed to wear off and the sway control works better after it does because the steel on steel provides more friction.
X2 here. Bars should be parallel to the unit / ground, not slanting when rig is attached to tow vehicle.
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Another question I had is which "size" weight distribution I should buy. Our camper's dry tongue weight is 725#. From what I gathered on the forum this does not include filled propane tanks or battery. Plus you have all of the gear you put in the front lower compartment, i.e. tools, blocks, etc. If this is all true I could expect to add 100# - 200# of additional tongue weight easy. Should I be looking at distribution systems rated at 1,200#?

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Ignore dry weights, nobody camps in an empty trailer. Use the gross trailer weight for all calculations because even loading lightly you will be very close to that number and trailers get heavier with age. We tend to add new things we want to bring but seldom leave others home because we might want that item at some point.

Multiply the gross trailer weight by 13% to get real world tongue weight numbers. Most manufacturers use 10% because it allows the most vehicles to tow their trailers. Same reason they use dry weight to estimate tongue weight. 10% is the point where sway is becoming a real problem and most people do not have good experiences with that low of tongue weight.

Yes, you probably will be at 1000 pounds or more but since I do not know what your gross trailer weight is I have no idea. Some manufacturers leave all sorts of things off the trailer when weighing to get "dry" weight such as AC, awnings etc. so the trailers true dry weight is often a few hundred pounds heavier than the listed dry weight. Never believe the brochure, they are just an estimate.
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