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Old 04-14-2015, 10:22 PM   #1
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Equalizer weight distribution safety

Went to the dealer today hoping to buy a Windjammer 2618w but that floor plan is now marketed as 2618vs. No problem except the GVWR and hitch weights are greater in the new model and probably exceeds the payload of my truck. The new dry hitch weight is 784 lbs (12.7% of the new model dry weight) versus 638 lbs (10.7%) in the previous version. When the trailer is fully loaded the hitch weight of the new version will be 988 lbs versus 818 lbs in the previous one. I have a 1000/10,000 lb Equilizer WD hitch so the hitch weight would be close to max and only 1,254 lbs of payload capacity in my truck witch means no room for passengers. The dealer told me, however, that my WD hitch will put 1/3 of the hitch weight back onto the trailer axels and allow me to use my truck to tow the 2618vs. Moving that weight back to the trailer is news to me. Is he correct? Does 1/3 of the hitch weight go back to the trailer?
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure that you are just transferring the weight to the front axles of the TV. It has nothing to do with transferring weight to trailer axles at all. That hitch weight counts directly against your payload. Somebody correct me if I am wrong here.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:42 PM   #3
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1/3 is very optimistic for the amount back to the trailer axles.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:47 PM   #4
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I am pretty sure that you are just transferring the weight to the front axles of the TV. It has nothing to do with transferring weight to trailer axles at all. That hitch weight counts directly against your payload. Somebody correct me if I am wrong here.
That's correct the way I understand it too but some here are saying maybe not. I thought the total hitch weight is still there and counts in your payload, it's just that some of it goes to the front axles.
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What is your tow vehicle?
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:27 AM   #7
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Some weight goes to to front axel of the TV and some weight goes back to the trailer axels but not sure about 1/3 of the weight going back and I think it helps if there is two trailer axels and not one. Not sure what your model has as I didn't look it up.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:13 AM   #8
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I went and pulled the numbers from when I took my truck and trailer to the scales and this is what they were.

Truck hooked up with the weight distribution bars engaged.
Steer Axle - 3320, Drive Axle - 3700, Trailer Axle 5,860, Gross Weight 12,880

Truck hooked up with no weight distribution bars

Steer Axle - 3120, Drive Axle - 3,920, Trailer Axle 5,820, Gross weight 12,860

Truck Alone

Steer Axle -3460, Drive Axle - 2,680, Gross weight 6,140

It appears that 40 lbs went to the axles of the trailer. With a tongue weight of 900 lbs that would equate to 4.4 percent. Hope this helps.




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I'm in the same boat as you. The difference being you caught it before you bought the trailer. I wish I had. I to have the same truck as you and a trailer with similar weights. I don't like how it tows at all. Oh it will pull it just fine. Better than fine. It just won't haul it. Hence the payload issue. I'm trading my 6 month old trailer for one that's a little lighter, 2 feet shorter, but has a tongue weight that is half of what I have now. Your experience may be different but in my case I would rather drive the truck as opposed to the trailer driving the truck. Glad you caught it before you pulled the trigger.
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Dealers and salespeople will say whatever it takes to get the unit out the door.
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