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Old 05-25-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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From the Noob desk: weight vs. weight distributing

Ok. The receiver on my '07 Expedition with heavy duty towing package & air suspension says 6,000lbs & also 9,200lbs weight distributing.

If the trailer is over 6,000lbs with cargo or whatever, is the "weight distributing" option some sort of aftermarket attachment I have to get welded or bolted on my SUV or is it a specific type of hitch that goes on the trailer?

We pulled ski boats with the family, but never a travel trailer. So, not use to the weight being such a factor. Thanks so much for the advice!

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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...is the "weight distributing" option some sort of aftermarket attachment I have to get welded or bolted on my SUV or is it a specific type of hitch that goes on the trailer?
yes.



both, actually. sort of. there is a special ball mount/shank that goes into the hitch...then other parts attached to the trailer.

see: Trailer Hitches, Hitch Accessories, Hitch Wiring

there are also oodles and oodles of threads on the subject here...so many, its hard to slog through them all. I find that the google search works best. But take a look at that link, just for starters.
also, keep in mind that those numbers on the hitch itself only apply to that specific receiver, (which could be made by a third party) and not the truck itself. . You need to follow the vehicle manufacturers numbers for towing capacity that are in the owner's manual.
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The first number is for basically dropping the trailer on the ball and towing it.

The higher number is for when you are using a weight equalizing (distributing)hitch with spring bars transferring some of the weight off the back of the vehicle
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thanks :)

I really apreciate the info. thanks!

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Make sure you read the owners manual on the proper way to set up the WD hitch with the Expy's air suspension.
On mine, you turn off the air, set the bars to within 1/2 inch of the normal ride height and turn the air back on. My Expy is a 2000. Yours may have a different procedure.
The Tradewind's 550# tongue weight hasn't been an issue using 600# bars after the initial setup.

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