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    Weight distribution hitch

    Does anyone use them towing their tractor? I will have about 10K # with 44R, loaded tires, loader, MX-6, blade or disc and 20' trailer. Most use with campers but I think height plays into needing the sway stabilization?


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    You have to look at your tongue weight and trailer weight. Your hitch should tell you how much weight you can handle with and without a weight dist hitch. That will tell you which way to go. I strongly suspect you will need a weight dist hitch as you need 10-15% tongue weight which would put you up to at least 1000# if you hit the 10,000# max on the trailer. That is why I went with a gooseneck flatbed after I got my 4066R. You will have to make sure you balance the load properly on the trailer so you have enough tongue weight or it will get squirrelly on you.

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    How does one know tongue weight?


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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    How does one know tongue weight?


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    That is what makes it so tough when using a straight trailer. You screw up and you are in the ditch. The best I can tell you is to watch the rear of the tow vehicle and measure how much it sits down with the load. Then take it to a scale and weigh it by each axle. You may have to move the load around to get the load where you want it for proper balance. Then measure the tow vehicle drop again and shoot for that each time in the future. Your life may depend on getting it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    How does one know tongue weight?
    That's always a tough one. While it isn't terribly hard to make sure you have _some_ tongue weight and can probably guess close enough to get you to roughly 10-15%, it is still a guess. That's why I decided with my most recent truck purchase (which moved me from a 2" receiver to a 2.5" receiver) to buy a Weigh-Safe hitch with a gauge built in. I've been hauling a lot more and heavier loads in the last year and some of them are not so easy to re-adjust, like 3yd of black dirt, so I want to make sure I'm safe.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    That's always a tough one. While it isn't terribly hard to make sure you have _some_ tongue weight and can probably guess close enough to get you to roughly 10-15%, it is still a guess. That's why I decided with my most recent truck purchase (which moved me from a 2" receiver to a 2.5" receiver) to buy a Weigh-Safe hitch with a gauge built in. I've been hauling a lot more and heavier loads in the last year and some of them are not so easy to re-adjust, like 3yd of black dirt, so I want to make sure I'm safe.



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    now that is one nice and nifty item to have. in all my yrs this is the first time i have seen something like that. i suppose it's about..the same as air bags showing on ur dash in the truck would be. only here it is in little springs inside there.

    where did u ever find that at? and thanks for sharing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    How does one know tongue weight?


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    u can use a bathroom scale under the lift jack that can handle the weight . (most dial scales go up to 300# and then can keep going around just add the #'s) this is the best whey to do it .or a tongue weight scale from someone like etrailer.com but pricey but always nice to have one
    then you can move the load around on the trailer while tongue is on the scale untill you are with in your weight rating
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    something like this is well worth the money in my opinion you cant go wrong with one of these. and if you cant justify 140$ to properly measure tongue weight you best b saving for wear on your tow rig. axle bearings,suspension parts, tires ect ect what im saying is buying one of these scales will save you lots of money long run and you will know exactly what ur tongue weight is no guessing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngandgreen View Post
    Does anyone use them towing their tractor? I will have about 10K # with 44R, loaded tires, loader, MX-6, blade or disc and 20' trailer. Most use with campers but I think height plays into needing the sway stabilization?


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    I have used one for 10 years now with my enclosed trailer. It makes a big difference on how the trailer tows if you ask me. I would get one, in fact I almost consider it mandatory for any trailer bigger than a small single axle utility trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    That's why I decided with my most recent truck purchase (which moved me from a 2" receiver to a 2.5" receiver) to buy a Weigh-Safe hitch with a gauge built in.

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