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Old 10-12-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Calling all WDH Experts!

OK...Tried to find this as Im sure it's not the first time someone has asked this...

When using an Equalizer hitch (rated for 10,000lbs.) how much of the tongue / hitch weight does it transfter off the hitch, effectively reducing the hitch load?

Just took my RV to scales and had it weighed and it came out with the Trailer weighing in at 6100 lbs. and tongue at 1050 lbs. (put tongue jack on separate scale extended at same height as hitch).

Now the funny thing is that I don't have too much in the front storage compartment that weighs that much... The stripped down trailer off the line had a TW listed on the spec sheet of 382lbs. I figured 90lbs for the two 20lb propane tanks, 40lbs. for batt, 150lbs. worth of stuff (wood blocks, a few tools, case of bottled water, small carpet) and I guestimated 85lbs for Equalizer WDH- put's it near 750lbs. but nowhere near the 1050lb jaw drop at scales today.

In case youre wonderings, all this without any water in tanks.

So.. Im close to maxing out what Ford is stating on the hitch capacity (1130) on my F-150. Was wondering how much the Equalizer actually transfered off the tongue- make sense?

Appreciate any thoughts..

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Old 10-12-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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Is this your trailer? If so, the dry hitch weight is 738lbs.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:25 PM   #3
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This model is slightly different as it has different (slightly) configuration in front. Ours does not have the center entertainment console and I believe on this one, the cabinets in the front bedroom are larger..

Im reading the specs right off manufactors website.. 382lbs. is the "fresh off the line" Tongue Weight.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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Here's what I could find on RVGuide

2011 Palomino Thoroughbred Ultra-Lite T-273 Trailer : Reviews, Prices and Specs : RV Guide
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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Well, sorry to say but that is not the manufacturer's website.

This one is Palomino's site.

I'll admit that it was the low dry TW that made me want to look at the site. I knew that trailer was something like 5,000 plus and 30' long. No way are they going to build it with a 384lbs dry hitch.
There is one thing that is strange, though. The TW on your trailer is 17% of the trailer weight. See what you can do to bring that down to 13-15%. That might help you with your truck.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:58 PM   #6
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Yep... looked long at the website earlier this year.. Palomino has updated this unit a bit. In fact, when the 2011 T-273's first came out, they actually had two different models... One is the unit I have and the other had a large pack / play door option (and bunks) on the opposite side, flipping the bathroom to the drivers side.

I guess that's why you alway see those configuration disclaimers on the bottom of the manu's websites. Trust me... the 2011 unit I have from Palo is different, although when the center unit came out, I wished I would have waited.

At anyrate, yes the TW was too good to be true, and now my original question still remains regarding WDH's... do they actually transfer force / weight off the reciever hitch?????

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:45 AM   #7
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Yes, that's what the WDH is suppose to do if set up properly. Some dealers believe it or not have no REAL idea how to set up a WDH. Equilizer has a great step by step instructions on PROPER set-up on their web site "equilizerhitch.com". When I bought my trl the dealer was way off on setting up the hitch. With their set-up they actually had unloaded weight off my front tires. One point not talked about in their set-up instructions is to measure the body height on both rear and front axles before hooking up. If properly set up there should be about an equal drop in the body height both front and rear, then you know that the hitch weight has been distributed along the whole TV's frame properly.
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The the force applied by 1,050 lbs on the receiver itself doesn't get distributed at all. Weight gets distributed, not force. In fact think of it this way, you could crank up the WDH so high that you could distribute all of the weight off of the rear axle. Does this leave a zero TW? Nope, the receiver still has a 1,050 lbs of force applied to it.
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Really? This was not all that hard to find.
How much weight does a WD hitch actually distribute?
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Yes, that's what the WDH is suppose to do if set up properly. Some dealers believe it or not have no REAL idea how to set up a WDH. Equilizer has a great step by step instructions on PROPER set-up on their web site "equilizerhitch.com". When I bought my trl the dealer was way off on setting up the hitch. With their set-up they actually had unloaded weight off my front tires. One point not talked about in their set-up instructions is to measure the body height on both rear and front axles before hooking up. If properly set up there should be about an equal drop in the body height both front and rear, then you know that the hitch weight has been distributed along the whole TV's frame properly.
with my equalizer, I measure off of the TV wheel wells, the front should raise about 1/2 inch and the rear should drop about the same 1/2 inch
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