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Old 04-28-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Installed a new 3p Propride hitch and made a trip to scales

Its been a while since I have been on. Just wanted to update where I was at. A little background information first. I was having problems with sway on a new trailer I had bought. I had the dealer set up Equalizer 4 pt sway control hitch with 10,000 lb bars. I was unable to dial in the hitch and control the sway so I purchased a 3p Propride Hitch. Installed the hitch and I must say what an improvement with sway. It has all but been eliminated. I feel a little side to side motion on occasion, but no more sway at all. I made a trip to the scales today on our way home from camping for the weekend with the new set up and wanted to get some opinions on my set up based on my truck capacity, travel trailer and the weights. Also, is there a way to figure out tongue weight based on my numbers at the scales. Here is what I have.

Tow Vehicle Specs 2012 Chevy Silverado Half Ton, 5.3 w/ 6 speed auto transmission with 3.42 rear end, Curb Weight 5288, Payload 1712, GVWR 7000, Max Towing weigh 9500, GCWR Rear Axle 15,000, Front Gross Axle Weight 3,950, Rear Gross Axle 3950.

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Below is what I found out at the scales today.
Truck hooked up with the weight distributing 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



So what do you guys think?

As a side note, I left the 3p hitch on the trailer when weighing the truck alone and had the stinger part in the hitch receiver still. Not sure how this changes things.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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12860 - 6140 - 5820 = 900 lbs tongue weight......
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I think you're still a little heavy on the rear, and you're over on GVWR. I have mine tuned in at 50/50 front and rear axles.
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Ideal steer wheel weight

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What do you think I should be shooting for as far as steer axle weight? Yeah I realized being over payload after looking at the numbers a little more. I had tools, an air compressor, and a few other things that I can take out the truck to lighten the load up.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #5
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If you look at the sticker on the door, it will show you the GAWR for each.
My F150 is 3750 front and 3850 rear.

My trailer weights are as follows with a Hensley Cub hitch.

Steer 3520

Drive 3620

Trailer 4060

GCVWR 11200

My trailer is a Micro Lite but it tows great
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I would try to get as close to 50/50 as you can. This way you're stressing all 4 corners equally. This should give you the best breaking and handling characteristics.
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Have you tried to transfer more weight up front with the hitch. But I bet it drives better !! I'mm not sure you will get to 50/50 but the hitch will make up for the trailer weight. I also get a push of air when trucks go by. But it not sway like night and day.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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Spoke to Shawn

Spoke to Shawn and he said to try and put a little more weight on front to. I plan to go up on jacks another 3/4 of an inch and see where I am at.

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Good to know you got to speak to Sean he use to be able to comment on this type of question but I think he has to much knowledge for some people so he seemed to back off, big loss.
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I agree about Sean big lose in knowledge. He sell the best hitch by far.
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