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Old 03-14-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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Visited the CAT Scale with the New Truck

With W/D

Front 4380
Rear 4440
Trailer 7340
Gross 16160

Without W/D

Front 4220
Rear 4680
Trailer 7300
Gross 16200

Truck Only

Front 4640
Rear 3220
Gross 7860

Towingplanner.com says:

Gross Combined Weight
16,160
Truck Weight (hitched + WDH engaged)
8,820
Truck Weight (hitched; no WDH)
8,900
Truck Weight (truck only)
7,860
Camper Weight
8,340
Tongue Weight
1,040
Tongue Weight Percentage
12.5 %

The trailer dealer installed my Equal-i-zer 10K hitch and set the ball height about 3 inches higher than the level trailer coupler height. Then I took it to a hitch place and the guy eyeballed everything and dropped the ball one hole so still about 2 inches high. Neither one of those guys believes in scales or instructions.

Took it for a 500 mile trip this weekend and the front end was very floaty and each gust of wind was a unnerving. (you might recall from an earlier thread that I upgraded my truck because of the handling issues)

So today I took the hitch apart and put it back together following the manufacturer's instructions. It rides much, much nicer but still feels a bit light. The hitch has 6 washers on it. You can go to 8 max. Do y'all think I should try to shift more weight to the front or are these good numbers?

You can see that I'm 40 lbs over the tongue rating on the hitch. I'm not really interested in upgrading to the 12K hitch for that 40 lbs for $500. I can shift some trailer weight to correct that.
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:24 PM   #2
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There is more to it than just the 40#,bars should be sized to the middle of Tongue# yours is at the High End! The Dealer should supply the Proper #Bars N/C! I have found that the Setup can All be Proper and encounter the Crappy Handling Issues" Solved" by Replacing the OEM Tires with "Maxxis 8008's"! Youroo!!
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
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You need to put some more weight on the front. You are right on the limit of the 1000/10,000 hitch. A properly sized and adjusted WDH will also move weight back onto the trailer. If you can move a little forward it may drop the TW slightly.
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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For nearly the same size TT I insisted they install the Equalizer 4 1200. For my heaviest trip of the season my Ram 2500 numbers (w/WD engaged) were:

Steer Axle 3300 (lighter gas engine...)
Drive Axle 4580
Trailer Axle 7340 (exactly same as yours!)
GCVW: 15220

The dealer included the WDH and installation in the sale price. On the way home from the dealer, totally empty, I felt a lot of porpoising. However, once we loaded our gear & increased the tongue weight, the ride has been totally stable even in high winds, emergency stops, etc.

My EQ4 setup looks like this except my ball mount has one extra hole at the bottom (pic nabbed from the Internet...):

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Old 03-14-2016, 10:08 PM   #5
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Add the remaining washers.


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Old 03-14-2016, 10:49 PM   #6
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Adjust your wdh using scale weights. You want the truck front axle weight as close to unloaded weight as possible without going heavier. The trailer should be sitting level or slightly nose down but not nose high. My old tt of similar weight worked well with a Reese dual cam with 1200 lb bars. I was taught to go to the size above your current weight. I also learned my dealership completely botched my hitch setup in more ways than 1. You learn a lot setting it up yourself. Good luck.
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BTW, for those who have mentioned the dealer providing the hitch, I already owned the hitch and they adjusted it to the new trailer. It did not come from them or with the deal.
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So were your weightings before or after you adjusted the hitch?


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We had the dealer swap our WDH over to our new camper....1st thing I did when I got home was to fix it right. I'm getting good at it. came with our 1st hybrid, set it up for our truck, then changed to a new truck, then again for the new camper, and may need to change something as we now have a different truck.....
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So were your weightings before or after you adjusted the hitch?
After.
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