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Old 03-22-2012, 06:50 PM
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WD hitch and tongue weight

Decided to get a WD hitch. I measured my tongue weight but not sure which one to use. With the trailer at "ride height" as hooked up to my truck it with a 2" drop it was 962#. With the trailer level it shows about 832#.

It currently drops my truck down quite a bit. I would say it drops the top of the ball about to where the bottom of the ball would be if it wasn't loaded...so maybe 3 or 4 inches?

So what size WD hitch do I need? (10k trailer max)
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I would get the 12K/1200
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Wouldn't that much be overkill? Read somewhere you want to try to match tongue weight to the WD hitch or it could do the opposite of what you want.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:09 PM
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Anyone else?
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Take a look at this:
Common Weight Distribution and Sway Control Questions | etrailer.com

Might help with figuring it out.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:10 PM
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Kinda helped a little. Guess 12k/2k model...
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Tongue Weight (for Weight Distribution calculations) = trailer tongue weight + vehicle cargo load behind rear axle. Don't get one that's rated lower than your actual tongue weight, you may damage the WD hitch and it wont be nearly as effective. You need to get a hitch that has a tongue rating as close to your actual tongue weight as possible, as long as its not rated too low. The GTW rating of the hitch needs to meet or exceed the actual weight of the trailer, going higher is just fine. So considering you tongue weight is #832 (assuming you don't have any cargo behind the rear axle in your bed.
I see a few on that site that's rated at 1200/12k and one at 1k/10k. I don't know what your load is of if it changes but personally I would go with air bags. That's what I use and its adjustable to any load up to 5K. Which means you could have your #832 tongue weight and a little over 2 tons in your bed or you could hook up a different trailer with a 1200 lb tongue weight and 500lbs of cargo in your bed and all you have to do is change your air pressure and your good to go! A setup is about the same price too.
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Wouldn't that much be overkill? Read somewhere you want to try to match tongue weight to the WD hitch or it could do the opposite of what you want.
Nope, not overkill.

Just got done setting up an equilzer and you go through several steps of adjusting the hitch setup so you are transferring enough, but not too much weight off the ball, and forward to the truck.

Its a REAL workout running the jack up/down many many times to get it all dialed in.

A word of caution, don't use the tools to get the spring bars onto the hitch. If you do it can be a REAL bear to get them back of so you can un-hitch.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:05 AM
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I've got an electric tongue jack so no workout for me

Guess once the feds decide to release my tax return I'll be getting the 12k model.
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here's a tip from someone who has lots of past experience in hooking/unhooking these, after you get it all set up, mark the chain link that you have determined you need to use, then every time you hook it up, hook everything up before you put the weight on the truck and unhook after you have taken the weight off the truck. So what you are doing is using your jack to tension and un-tension the spring bars instead of doing it with the short pipe that comes with the kit. Coach
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