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Old 03-29-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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Help on weight distribution hitch

my new cherokee 274dbh weighs 6200 with tongue weight of 902 pounds. Is a hitch rated for 1000 pound tongue weight and 10000 pound trailer weight ok for this or should I go bigger when loaded the trailer will be around 7200 I am assuming the tongue weight increases when trailer is loaded but not sure by how much. Thanks for any help you can lend me on this subject
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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if the "dry" tongue weight is 902lbs., you'll need a bigger hitch.
that amount doesn't include the weights of the battery, propane, water and cargo.
just the propane and battery will put you around 75lbs. more and you can be assured that with cargo and water, you'll easily be over the 1000lbs. hitch's capacity.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:42 PM   #3
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ok thanks I was wondering about that so I will go up to 1200 tongue and 12000 trailer then. Wasn't sure if 12000 pound bars mattered if trailer only weighed around 7300 loaded. is there such a thing as too much bar for the trailer. thanks for your help again. if you haven't noticed I'm new too this
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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Go with the 1200/12000 lb hitch.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:05 PM   #5
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Agreed! 1200# hitch
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ok thanks I was wondering about that so I will go up to 1200 tongue and 12000 trailer then. Wasn't sure if 12000 pound bars mattered if trailer only weighed around 7300 loaded. is there such a thing as too much bar for the trailer. thanks for your help again. if you haven't noticed I'm new too this
Yes, you can have too much spring bar. If for instance you were to go with a 1400 lb. spring bar it would be too stiff for the bars to function as deigned. For one thing the ride would be awful. I would think given the weights you have described the 1200 lb. bars would be what you need.
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Being right at the limit of a WDH system won't break anything, nut it won't be stiff enough. I believe this is where a lot of people get that porpoising effect, where the bars are just constantly flexing and springing.

1400 lbs bars (as was said) might end up having not enough flex, and giving you a harsh ride. Imagine your car with springs that were too stiff. Suspension would not absorb bumps.

1200 sounds like your sweet spot.
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Thanks to everyone for the information I order the 1200/12000 pound Equal-i-zer this morning.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:23 PM   #9
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Thanks to everyone for the information I order the 1200/12000 pound Equal-i-zer this morning.
Good Choice! Trailer may be a little noisy when turning due to metal to metal friction of the side bars, but that's not a huge problem.
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I run with the Sway Bracket Jackets, and they have helped greatly.
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