Originally Posted by CHTKBUSCH17
Based off the weights I got last night my camper weighs 9400 pounds. I have not actually unhooked the camper to get a tongue weight but I did weigh the truck with the camper hooked up and WDH in place and came up with a weight of 1820 for hitch weight. If that sounds really high to you, me too.
8820 (truck on scale camper hooked up)-6980 (weight of the truck)=1820 with a remaining weight of 7560 with just the camper on the scale. The hitch was set up by the techs at the camper shop and I believe they know what they are doing and have it set up correct as they did play with it for awhile as I stood and watched. .
Thanks for the weight measurements. It does sound very high to me, too!
A loaded trailer weighing 9,400lbs will have a tongue weight between 940lbs (10%) and 1,400lbs (15%). Not 15-20%. That is too much.
I run at 13% typically, so that would be about 1,200lbs for you so your 1,200lb bars are fine, but 1,400lb bars might be better.
The tongue weight should not be anywhere close to 1,800, which is a 19% TW. Either its true and you have a really bad setup or something is wrong with those measurements.
Can you check it by measuring the wheel wells per the instructions? Your 1,200lb bars would not be sufficient to distribute that much weight. The manual describes how to test for distribution using measurements of the wheel wells. Basically, with tow vehicle coupled with weight distribution engaged, your front wheel well needs to be at least half-way back to its disconnected height. See page 17 and 18. Note: your Dodge manual could state their own recommendation as well.