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Old 08-17-2018, 05:52 PM   #1
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306RKDS weight distribution hitch issue

I just purchased a 2018 306RKDS Eagle HT.
Reading the spec's on the Jayco site it said the tongue weight was 1090 lbs. dry.

My hitch is a Husky TS 12000 lb with 800 - 1200 lb spring bars.

Now the question.
I have a Sherline tongue scale and it says 1300 lbs. Ouch!
This is with NO water (fresh, gray, or black) but with battery and propane. Nothing in the trailer yet? I do have a 2nd air over the bedroom, i.e. forward the axles.

I apologize if the question sounds dumb but I am afraid i am not safe? There are not that many hitches that go above 1200 lbs. How do the bigger TT's do it especially the standard Eagle series. Even the high end Pro Pride's only go up to 1400 lbs. and with out any thing in the trailer i am just barely 100 lbs away form that.

Thanks in advance for any inputs.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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My sureline scale is highly inaccurate. The best way for you to know for sure and for us to give you an educated answer is to go to a cat scale and get accurate weights. There is a thread or 3 here on exactly how to weigh your truck and trailer.
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Just load proper and balance the weight between front and back of the TT. I still would go to the 1400 WD bars even if you must buy a new hitch head.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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Not surprised by the initial 1,300lb tongue weight for the 306RKDS (9,950lbs GVWR)...., and I agree your present WDH rating of 1,200lb isn't a good match for this TT.

Your "as shipped" from the factory probably has a UVW around 8,200lbs (yellow sticker).

Hypothetical loaded 306RKDS, "no fluids": (UVW 8,200lbs + Cargo 1,000lbs + Dealer 75lbs) = 9,275lb loaded weight

Desired loaded tongue weight: 9,275lbs = 1,206lbs - 1,391lbs (13% - 15% of gross)....., and 15% is more common with the heavier and longer TT's (also enhances TV handling). Also, if you normally travel with a full fresh water tank the added weight (630lbs) and location of the tank will have to be considered.

My prior Eagle CAT scaled with a loaded tongue weight of 1,300lbs (15% of gross) and I had/still use a Reese Dual Cam (Strait-Line WDH) with 1,500lb spring bars...... towed great.

IMO 1,400lb rated spring bars would work, but you would have to watch your TT loading habits. A WDH with spring bars rated in the 1,500lb - 1,700lb range would be ideal (Reese has them).

CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...v-tt-3871.html

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Old 08-18-2018, 08:09 AM   #5
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Rustic Eagle speaks the truth. Another factor: rear kitchen can moderate some tongue weight once loaded. Get it packed and weighed properly, then purchase the correct bars or hitch.
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The wdh is only one part of the equation, my F150 with Max tow is equipped with a hitch rated for for a maximum of 1050lb with WDH ....on Etrailer not many receiver hitch can handle much more than that... or I didnt looked at the right place ...
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Blue ox makes a 2000lb model
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The wdh is only one part of the equation, my F150 with Max tow is equipped with a hitch rated for for a maximum of 1050lb with WDH........snip
Your correct when looking at many OEM 1/2 ton receiver hitches, but OEM receiver hitches on 3/4 & 1 ton trucks have higher ratings like the OP's RAM 3/4 ton......., especially with the 2 1/2" pin box.

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Factory OEM hitches on 1/2 Ton are Class 4; 3/4 and 1 ton are Class 5
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Ok but where did he say that he was using a 3/4 tons....? Am I blind ? , I am looking for this info and even tonight I cant see it ... too many rhum and coke maybe :-)





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Your correct when looking at many OEM 1/2 ton receiver hitches, but OEM receiver hitches on 3/4 & 1 ton trucks have higher ratings like the OP's RAM 3/4 ton......., especially with the 2 1/2" pin box.

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