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Old 06-29-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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weight distribution hitch question

What size hitch should I get? I tow with a jeep liberty and just bought a jayco 184 bh. It states trailer weighs 29 and change with a max at 3500. My tongue weight states around 3 but feels more like 400. Would a 1000 pound tongue hitch be to much. Im thinking a 400-600 but don't want to under do it either
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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For 3500 gtw I'd shoot for 500
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:19 PM   #3
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Kiltdog's advice is where I'd go. You want the bars to be rated at lease as high as your actual TW but not a lot higher. A thousand is way too much. Head for a CAT scale and find out what you are dealing with. Don't rely on spec numbers, it's your actual loaded weights that matter, full trailer, your Liberty with people/fuel/gear. There are lots of posts on how to weigh and get the numbers you need.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:13 PM   #4
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Agree with above. On the liteweight units you do not want overkill with your WD system. 100 lbs above tongue weight is fine but not 500.....
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Ditto on the 4000/400... I had to take off a 6000/600 WDH the dealer installed on my vehicle. The hitch and bars accounted for 25% of the weight on my receiver and the over-rated bars were too heavy to provide any flex.....the ride was stiff.

I went down to a 3500/350 (Reese Ultralight 350) and it's a world of difference. My loaded TT is between 2,900-3,000# and I pack my TT for a tongue weight of 300-310#
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:47 PM   #6
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Thanks guys I'll look for a 500. Then I should be safe with 2 kids and a dog. I always pack the front light
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