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Old 06-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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I am checking everything for my first trip in our new Palomino Solaire 317BHSK. The dealer included the hitch with the sale, but further investigation shows the hitch that was sold is rated at 600 lbs. The hitch weight is 625 lbs. That is before we loaded anything into the trailer.
Does the WDH hitch remove any tongue weight, or am i over the limit of what this hitch is recommended for?
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Would want a hitch at least rated at 1000#.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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I am checking everything for my first trip in our new Palomino Solaire 317BHSK. The dealer included the hitch with the sale, but further investigation shows the hitch that was sold is rated at 600 lbs. The hitch weight is 625 lbs. That is before we loaded anything into the trailer.
Does the WDH hitch remove any tongue weight, or am i over the limit of what this hitch is recommended for?
Tongue weight is the weight on the ball before the WD bars are installed.

That weight is not reduced by the WD hitch; it just "leverages" some of it onto the camper's wheels and the front axle. The hitch, receiver and TV frame see the entire tongue load.

Those bars HAVE to be rated a minimum of the actual tongue load rounded UP to the closest rated bar. (In your case 1000 pounds).

The dealer "gave" you a hitch he had laying around. I would call him on it and demand he "make it good."

This is why a Travel Trailer with a WD hitch required one more weight ticket than a 5th wheel. One with the bars on and one with them off.
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Called the dealer...he gave me his cell, and he set me correct. The wdh that he sold me has different weight bars. Sure enough, everything has the same part number 'xcept the spring bars.Went to look at the bars and they are rated for 1000 lbs.
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The wdh that he sold me has different weight bars. Sure enough, everything has the same part number 'xcept the spring bars.Went to look at the bars and they are rated for 1000 lbs.
If any parts of the system are rated for a maximum of 600 lbs, then that should be the maximum tongue weight. 1000 lb. spring bars will work for your trailer, but the rest of the system is substandard if it is rated for 600 lbs.

Most manufacturers rate the entire system at a fairly heavy weight, and they you get the spring bars that will work for your trailer. The entire system can handle spring bars up to the maximum system weight.

What WDH do you have, and where did you come up the 600 lb. figure.
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If any parts of the system are rated for a maximum of 600 lbs, then that should be the maximum tongue weight. 1000 lb. spring bars will work for your trailer, but the rest of the system is substandard if it is rated for 600 lbs.

Most manufacturers rate the entire system at a fairly heavy weight, and they you get the spring bars that will work for your trailer. The entire system can handle spring bars up to the maximum system weight.

What WDH do you have, and where did you come up the 600 lb. figure.
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