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Old 03-15-2016, 11:31 PM   #11
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:12 PM   #12
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Awaiting the delivery of a new Rockwood Mini-lite 23 foot with a dry weight of 4130 and cargo capacity of 1100. The tongue weight is almost 600 pounds. I will be towing with a GMC Sierra 2500hd diesel. Do I need a weight distribution hitch or anti sway device or both? New to this TT life and any guidance would be appreciated.

Probably. Get 3 200 lb plus people to stand on your bumper and measure how much it drops. If it doesn't sag too much you'll be fine. Just get a shank that keeps the trailer level.

I've done it numerous times with over 700. I did it with 860 on I-10 to the scales the other day (measured). It dropped the back of the truck 2 1/2" which leveled it. The hitch shank is a little short on my truck so it actually levels out better without the distribution hitch. It does lighten up the front end but not to a dangerous level IMO. A little more wandering so you have to pay more attention when texting.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:12 PM   #13
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hitch rating for 2504s

The TW weight for the 2504 is 512 lbs and a dry trailer weight of 4879 lbs. Loaded up it will likely be over the 600 TW but I won't be loading the trailer up over 5800 lbs. That seems to put me between a 600 - 6000 lb and 800 - 8000 distribution hitch. Local dealers are split in their recommendation on which size would be best. Please help with some real time experience.
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The TW weight for the 2504 is 512 lbs and a dry trailer weight of 4879 lbs. Loaded up it will likely be over the 600 TW but I won't be loading the trailer up over 5800 lbs. That seems to put me between a 600 - 6000 lb and 800 - 8000 distribution hitch. Local dealers are split in their recommendation on which size would be best. Please help with some real time experience.
I've got 600-6000 with my Mini Lite 2503S; GVWR is 6130lbs. Haven't had an opportunity to weight yet, but I'm guessing I'm no more than 5100 lbs. Seems OK to me.
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This is one of the few situations where the Andersen is likely a good fit (using a tow vehicle nowhere near its limit). You probably won't "need" much weight transfer, but the little bit offered by the Andersen will be a benefit to you, and it's sway control is said to be very good.
The Andersen is amazing in many situations, but yes this is a perfect use for it.
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This is your first TT and probably not your last. Think of the future and buy a WDH that is more than you need for this trailer. If you upgrade later you will not regret it. Buy it over sized now and save yourself when you need the over sized one for the next trailer.
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This is your first TT and probably not your last. Think of the future and buy a WDH that is more than you need for this trailer. If you upgrade later you will not regret it. Buy it over sized now and save yourself when you need the over sized one for the next trailer.
That advice goes against most of the manufacturer's recommendations I have ever read. The W/D system should match the tongue weight of the trailer in use. That is unless, you prefer a bouncy ride . . .
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The TW weight for the 2504 is 512 lbs and a dry trailer weight of 4879 lbs. Loaded up it will likely be over the 600 TW but I won't be loading the trailer up over 5800 lbs. That seems to put me between a 600 - 6000 lb and 800 - 8000 distribution hitch. Local dealers are split in their recommendation on which size would be best. Please help with some real time experience.
512 + one battery is very nearly 600. Add to that any additional weight transferred up front from a loaded trailer and you're most likely in the 650 lb range. I'm pretty sure the 600/6000 are rated between 400-600 and the 800/8000 are 600-800 lbs. You're going to be borderline either way, but I'd go with the 800's.
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Buy it over sized now and save yourself when you need the over sized one for the next trailer.
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That advice goes against most of the manufacturer's recommendations I have ever read. The W/D system should match the tongue weight of the trailer in use. That is unless, you prefer a bouncy ride . . .
Probably better to say get you a good hitch now instead of going cheap but get it in the correct weight range. You can usually upgrade to heavier bars later on the same hitch platform without having to buy a new hitch.
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The TW weight for the 2504 is 512 lbs and a dry trailer weight of 4879 lbs. Loaded up it will likely be over the 600 TW but I won't be loading the trailer up over 5800 lbs. That seems to put me between a 600 - 6000 lb and 800 - 8000 distribution hitch. Local dealers are split in their recommendation on which size would be best. Please help with some real time experience.

Without a doubt, 800 to 1200.
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