Originally Posted by Hiebs733
I have a husky round bar weight distribution hitch with bars rated to 801lbs. I just bought a Wildwood trailer with a tongue weight of 872. Do I need to upgrade to the larger 1000lb hitch or will the 801's be OK?
If the Wildwood tongue weight of 872 is the "dry" weight listed in the brochure than you will need to up-size those bars.
How much does the trailer weigh loaded? You probably have not weighed it, yet, but thought I'd ask. Assuming its not been to the scales, you can take the weight of the trailer off the yellow sticker, add in the total for your approximate cargo, some water, propane, and batteries and multiply that estimated "loaded" weight by 13%. That will be a closer approximation than using any of the dry weights.
So, fox example, the current Wildwood 29BHBS has a dry tongue weight of 875lbs and a dry trailer weight of 7,695. Adding 1,000lbs of cargo, some water, propane, and batteries would give you a loaded weight of 8,695. A 13% TW would equal 1,130lbs.
You must do this yourself. That's is just an example of course but shows you how dry weights are misleading.