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Old 05-31-2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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TV hitch weight rating vs TT tongue weight

I have a 2004 Lincoln Navigator with the tow package and self leveling air bag suspension. Ratings on truck are 8850lbs MGTW and 885lbs max tongue weight.
The trailer we want is rated at 7910lbs GVWR, 6090 unloaded vehicle weight, and 910lbs dry hitch weight.
All the numbers seem okay but I'm concerned about the hitch weight. Should I be concerned, am I correct in assuming I can lighten the hitch load by load placement in the trailer? It's so close but that little bit has me worried.
And I do plan on using a weight distributing hitch.

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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You should be concerned since you will be over 1000 lbs hitch weight. Hitch weight is hitch weight and the WDH does not save you anything applied against the receiver rating. Your actual receiver rating may be somewhat higher than 885 lbs, like maybe 1000 lbs. Hard to tell for sure but Ford likes to say the receiver rating is exactly 10% of the max tow rating for whatever reason.

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