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Old 09-24-2020, 01:12 PM   #1
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Weight Distribution Hitch Set Up Properly?

New to towing and trailering in general. Bought a Cherokee 274BRB and an towing with a 2020 Ram 1500 5.7L with 3.21 rear end. Got an Equal-i-zer sway control and WDH installed by the dealer.

Just looking at the way everything is set up, it seems to me that there is a lot of squat in my truck. Maybe this is normal, or maybe I bit off more trailer than I can chew with my truck. However, just looking at the picture, does anything think I should go back to the dealer and have them check the hitch and readjust it, or does this look normal. Trailer weight is 6,200 and tow rating on my truck is 8,200.

I don't know what it is supposed to feel like when trailering something like this, but at 55 mph it feels relatively planted and I don't feel any sway. Haven't been on an expressway with trucks yet, but before I venture out I want to be sure everything is set up the way it should be and is safe.

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Old 09-24-2020, 04:31 PM   #2
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I would go back to the dealer and tell them that the rubber side goes down.
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Old 09-24-2020, 06:06 PM   #3
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Hard to tell from the angle of the pic but taking a couple measurements on the front axle will tell u if u have enough weight distribution.... there are plenty of videos on how to do this, I say do it urself that way u know its done right... I have heard of stories on here of people whos hitches were wrongfully set up by the dealerships without taking a single measurement...
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Old 09-25-2020, 08:00 AM   #4
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Well, you may not like my answer. The Ram 1500 has the weakest suspension of all the half ton trucks coupled with 3.21 gears will make towing your almost 10,000 pound trailer a real challenge. At 13% tongue weight ratio which is pretty much the minimum for good towing manners your tongue weight will be over 1200 pounds. Add 100 pounds for the weight of the hitch itself and before you add another thing in the truck you are close to your max weight. Add a couple passengers and you are over. Throw in bikes, generator, firewood etc. and you are WAY over.

The salesmen often will show you the Hitch weight the manufacturer lists on their website and the dry weight and cargo rating and says you will never load 3000 pounds of stuff in here so your truck s plenty. He says this because he wants to sell trailers but the reality is that those brochure weights are taken from the most stripped down model in that line and does not include "options" like the air conditioner, propane tanks, battery, television etc. Add propane, batteries, a tank of water and many trailers have less than 500 pounds to go before hitting the gross trailer weight rating. That is why so many suggest using gross trailer weight for ALL your calculations. You will usually be far closer to the gross weight than the dry weight, even if you only load food and clothing in the trailer.

You will not be the first here to have bought more trailer than you can comfortably tow. I and many others are in that group. I spent a bunch of money trying to add stuff to my truck to make it tow better, E rated tires, better shocks, Timbrens. None of those made any real difference. Bought a 3/4 ton truck and the difference was not even in the same league.
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Old 09-26-2020, 05:38 AM   #5
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Sure looks like there is just too much tongue weight for that truck.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:01 AM   #6
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Looks like the rear of the truck is sagging too much. Have you measured the front fender before and after hitching? You want to return it to the OEM number as much as possible.
Trailer looks level so thats a good thing.
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:03 PM   #7
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The front end of the truck looks about 2 higher than normal. You need more tension on the WDH. Most dealers dont take the time to get it right.
Look at Tuff Truck replacement rear coil springs. I have the 1211 series.
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:10 PM   #8
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Gawd...this conversation again. I feel for the new folks coming to a board like this after they buy. It has to be hard as they are just trying to do something for their family during these times.

Others have already said what needs to be said.

Best of luck to the OP.
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Old 09-26-2020, 05:03 PM   #9
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This discussion has happened several times, take the time to do some research please. Taking a photo and asking for help is not the way it works. There are many very useful posts on the topic, taught me how to do it and glad I did the reading.
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Old 09-28-2020, 03:20 PM   #10
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I agree it looks like you have a lot of sag.
I am towing a similar weight trailer with a 17 RAM 1500 Crew Cab also 3.21 axle ratio. I installed 1000 lb "sumo springs" (helper springs) and the trailer dealer installed a Equilizer WD hitch.
I get about 1 inch sag at the rear and the front goes up about 1/8 inch once the hitch bars are in place. Trailer is level.
It tows pretty good at 60-65 mph. Pleanty of power and good braking.
You should be able to get your dialed in and be able to tow safely.
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I agree it looks like you have a lot of sag.
I am towing a similar weight trailer with a 17 RAM 1500 Crew Cab also 3.21 axle ratio. I installed 1000 lb "sumo springs" (helper springs) and the trailer dealer installed a Equilizer WD hitch.
I get about 1 inch sag at the rear and the front goes up about 1/8 inch once the hitch bars are in place. Trailer is level.
It tows pretty good at 60-65 mph. Pleanty of power and good braking.
You should be able to get your dialed in and be able to tow safely.
Thanks! Did you notice any difference in the ride when you aren't towing after you installed the Sumo Springs?
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Rule #1 - don't believe anything that anyone in the RV industry tells you.

When they say "this trailer is 1/2 ton towable", chances are they are full of you-know-what.
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Thanks! Did you notice any difference in the ride when you aren't towing after you installed the Sumo Springs?
Please disregard rude comments by those that don't know any better or simply don't know the answer your looking for.. You did what is right by posting a picture and asking questions. Doing a search will not give you the answers your looking for. Just different opinions.

I don't have a 1500 Ram but I did put Sumos on the wifes 1500 chevy 4wd crew cab. No it wasn't overloaded but like many 4wd trucks that sits level it sags a bit when weight is added in the bed or on the rear bumper.
This truck pulls a 10k car hauler with a 7000 lb blue 4wd tractor which with a Husky Centerline TS and 1200 lb bars brings the trucks front down to same weight on the front axle and same height as OEM. The Sumos were added to help with yo-yo ride or porpoising and did their job. I ordered mine with a 1 1/2"" gap for a OEM ride (empty) which works great for this truck with leaf springs.

Hang around a bit as some with the 1500 Ram/coil springs can give you real facts anbout their combos.
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I think you are ok on weight as long as you don't load it to the max GVW. You definitely need to get more tension on the hitch.
In reality though , that dodge isn't the best setup to tow that kind of weight. It's a fishing boat tow vehicle.
What's the payload sticker say?
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