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Old 08-27-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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What Size? WDH

I am buying a 2017 Salem travel trailer
UVW 4768
Tongue Weight 520
Cargo Weight 2752
Can you tell me what size weight distribution hitch I need to purchase?
Thank you.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:52 PM   #2
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If it were me I'd probably go for something in the 800/8k range. You could go higher too.. it's up to you.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:53 PM   #3
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your real tongue weight will likely be in the 600-1000lbs range so plan on that. You want 10-15% of actual weight on the tongue.

Get a WDH with integrated sway control, I like the Blue Ox swaypro, quieter then the equalizer and probably easier to setup as no washers and adjusting the head tilt
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:13 PM   #4
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What Size? WDH

Are these the the published weights? I am assuming they are so the weights are not going to be right especially tongue weight. If you want to error on the side of caution go with the GVWR of the TT and get a number between the 10-15% mark. Depending on the hitch you look at will really determine what hitch and spring bars to buy. So fully loaded you TT should not exceed 7520 lbs. your tongue weight could be between 750 - 1120 lbs. Keep in mind the numbers I have are of fully loaded TT at its max. If you donít plan on that much you can go less on spring bars or whatever the hitch you select has.

There are lots of choices in hitches. I have a blue ox and like I it and I agree with another post of ease of setup. There are also equalizer hitch, curt, Anderson WDH hitches. you could also spring some big bucks and get a pro pride or Hensley hitch ( these will set you back about $2500-3000 ) but people swear by them. Good luck on your decision
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Loaded trailer will be about 1000 lbs over dry weight, or 5800.
10-15% of that should be on the ball, or 580-870 lbs.
So, if that camper is such that a lot of storage is in the front, you could exceed the ratings for an 800 lbs WDH.
I would go with a 1000 lbs TW rated Equal-I-zer WDH, or other quality WDH with integrated sway control.


My trailer is about 5200 lbs loaded, and about 750 lbs TW. My 1000 lb Equal-I-zer is fantastic. The extra capacity does not make it too stiff.
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Loaded trailer will be about 1000 lbs over dry weight, or 5800.
10-15% of that should be on the ball, or 580-870 lbs.
So, if that camper is such that a lot of storage is in the front, you could exceed the ratings for an 800 lbs WDH.
I would go with a 1000 lbs TW rated Equal-I-zer WDH, or other quality WDH with integrated sway control.


My trailer is about 5200 lbs loaded, and about 750 lbs TW. My 1000 lb Equal-I-zer is fantastic. The extra capacity does not make it too stiff.
Yeah.. I was kinda going that way too. I'd agree with the 1000/10k hitch.

Trunnion style with the sway control built in is my favorite.

I use a Fastway E2 and really like it. There are other brands too that are designed similar.
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A 400-600# unit would would work fine.
600-800# would probably be better if you tend to max load your TT and allow you to use it if you upgrade in the future.
800-1000# would allow for a larger upgrade.
My neighbor found a 800-1000# WDH for $100 at a yard sale and used it for his ~4500-5000 hybrid TT last year. He just upgraded to a much larger TT (guessing) 6500-7000# and the dealer just refit his WDH for the new trailer.
Use 12-15% of your TT GTWR for preferred tongue weight determination.
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I am buying a 2017 Salem travel trailer
UVW 4768
Tongue Weight 520
Cargo Weight 2752
Can you tell me what size weight distribution hitch I need to purchase?
Thank you.
I had a fast way e2 2 point and didn't like it, it produced a bad wiggle in the rear of my truck, changed to a centerline 4 point and made a big difference, hope that helps
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I had a fast way e2 2 point and didn't like it, it produced a bad wiggle in the rear of my truck, changed to a centerline 4 point and made a big difference, hope that helps
And I have an E2 and have recommended it to several friends and family as well. We all get along with them just fine.

Bought mine used for $200.
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