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Old 03-25-2015, 02:40 PM   #15
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The tongue weight also includes all of the load behind the rear Tow Vehicle axle.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:05 AM   #16
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The tongue weight also includes all of the load behind the rear Tow Vehicle axle.
Tongue weight is exactly that......tongue weight......nothing more. It would be a nearly impossible task to calculate the weight of the truck bed behind the rear axle.

For whatever it's worth.

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Old 07-23-2015, 12:52 PM   #17
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Craig,
What did you end up doing with this? When I bought my trailer, it also has Reese brackets on it. Since I only had these brackets, I figured I'd be tossing them and buying a new Weight Distribution Hitch.

My brackets.
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But after reading this
Which Weight Distribution Style is Better, Trunnion Bar or Round Bar -- etrailer.com

And seeing this on amazon
Reese 49587 Pro Series Trunnion Weight Distribution Kit - 1200 lb. Load Capacity -- amazon.com $249.99

Should I give serious consideration to keeping it?

Or would a full/new 800lb kit be a better way to go?
Reese 49586 Pro Series Trunnion Weight Distribution Kit - 800 lb. Load Capacity -- amazon.com $245.00

Just looking at the Airstream Historic Data page.
They have this document.
http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...9a7bd76ef5.pdf

For the '71 Sovereign 31ft trailer they list it as
480lbs tongue weight
4840lbs total weight

And from the chart that Howard added (thank you very much)

It looks like the 800lb WDS hitch is just about perfect for this size trailer.
Seems like I answered this for my own purpose. (I will buy new 800lb wds)

I hope this was helpful for you..
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I called etrailer.com and they said it would be cheaper to buy a new Pro Series system than to try and piece together the old system.

Etrailer has one with the sway control included but I still haven't found out if I need sway if my truck has sway built in.
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I called etrailer.com and they said it would be cheaper to buy a new Pro Series system than to try and piece together the old system.

Etrailer has one with the sway control included but I still haven't found out if I need sway if my truck has sway built in.
My thinking is that even if the tow vehicle has a brake-based sway control program, it's worth having a sway-control hitch. I have the old friction bar on the hitch that came with my '75, but I'm buying a more modern hitch for the '76 when it's ready for the road, probably either a Blue Ox or a Reese for me, but even a friction bar is better than nothing in most conditions.
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