The owners manual also says 1500 pounds. I understand why everyone will think that is what is needed, but I also think that very few people who pull travel trailers have a 1 ton truck. I am sure they are 1500s, maybe some with 2500s, and very few with 3500. A weight distribution hitch has become commonplace and most people don't give it any thought. But I guess I will have to find out on my own, by hooking it up and seeing what happens
) Truth be told, I would still use one, if the rating was higher than 1500 pounds. But to put something with a lesser rating on just goes against the grain of me.