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Old 10-22-2012, 11:07 PM   #11
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We are in the same boat with TV. We have a Nissan Frontier and considering a Surveyor weighing 4200lbs. The Frontier has a 6300lb capacity
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:32 PM   #12
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One thing to check on units with Murphy & sofa combo is actual tongue weight. The dry hitch weight for a 2304 is 550 lbs and loaded will 100 to 200 higher with Wdh head/propane/battery etc. I would guess 2305 to be the same. This reduces payload in TT All the best in your search
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I would guess 2306 to be the same. This reduces payload in TV All the best in your search
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:25 PM   #14
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One thing to check on units with Murphy & sofa combo is actual tongue weight. The dry hitch weight for a 2304 is 550 lbs and loaded will 100 to 200 higher with Wdh head/propane/battery etc. I would guess 2305 to be the same. This reduces payload in TT All the best in your search
Thank you for the information. I'm a little confused. A weight distribution kit? What is that exactly? My assumption is that it takes some of the weight off the tongue weight? Is that the same thing as an anti-sway bar? Obviously pulling a pop-up we didn't need these things, so I'm clueless. We at least have a break box, but after installation, bought a camper without breaks, so never used it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:29 PM   #15
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We are in the same boat with TV. We have a Nissan Frontier and considering a Surveyor weighing 4200lbs. The Frontier has a 6300lb capacity
Nice. That gives you lots of room to play with. We live in the mountains and are very hesitant to buy anything with a GVWR over our limit of 5050
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A weight distribution kit? What is that exactly? My assumption is that it takes some of the weight off the tongue weight?
A weight distribution hitch will move some of the added weight from the tv rear axle to the tv front axle. It will help with sway, but the main need for this is if the front axle is too light. (If you have the front end of tv "floating")

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No, anti sway bar (aka friction sway control) is a flat piece of steel sandwiched between two steel plates with brake like materiel on the surface. It mounts to the hitch on the tv and tongue or A frame of the tt. It helps stop or minimize sway after it starts.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:32 PM   #17
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A weight distribution hitch will move some of the added weight from the tv rear axle to the tv front axle. It will help with sway, but the main need for this is if the front axle is too light. (If you have the front end of tv "floating")



No, anti sway bar (aka friction sway control) is a flat piece of steel sandwiched between two steel plates with brake like materiel on the surface. It mounts to the hitch on the tv and tongue or A frame of the tt. It helps stop or minimize sway after it starts.
Would you guess we'd need both of these things?
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We use the E2 equalizer which is a 2point WDH system . Very easy to install and doesnt require drilling into the A frame. My trailer is single axle with GVWR 3704 so dont need the Equalizer 4 point system. WDH distributes weight so both TT and front axle of TV have increased weight when properly setup. The payload on 1/2 tons is usually weak point, next GAWR. I would suggest loading your TV as if your going camping and take trip to the local scale. Subtract this weight from your TV GVWR to determine max TT you can handle. Lots of good info on WDH types & towing on this forum.
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Would you guess we'd need both of these things?
If it were me, with a Sport Track pulling a TT, yes I would get a WDH and sway control. Which brand or what type set up I would get would depend on my pocket book. They all seem to work if set up correctly.
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just reread my last post and it requires more explanation! The payload in your Sport Trac is around 1390 dependent on options ordered. If you weighed the Sport Trac ready for camping and subtracted from TV GVWR you would get the unused payload. Hitch weight should be 10 to 15% of TT weight. Use 12% to calculate max TT weight. The GCWR (combined weight of TT+TV) cant be exceeded so something else to consider. You will be surprised how fast your payload is used up by adding misc items in bed of TV. (bbq,leveling wood,chairs,tools,rug etc). Lots to consider but you have time to make best decision. Have fun.
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