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need advice please.. we just bought a ford E450 class c odyssey that can tow 7,500 lbs. so we got a 24 ft car hauler and we are towing a smart car, and two utv"s. total weight is 5,500 so we are still under weight as far as towing. so my question is do we still need a weight distribution kit..any advice sure would be appreciated..


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Do you need to push some weight back to the trailer tires and front to the steering wheels for better braking? Is your trailer tongue weight below the MH’s max hitch weight? Is your coach level? Did you measure it?


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well, I guess the obvious place to start would be to look at the sticker on your trailer hitch receiver on the back of the motorhome. What does it say regarding tongue weight limits and weight distribution?

after that, what is your tongue weight?

Now you'll have the info you need.

From here on I'm just guessing, but usually anything over 500 pounds tongue weight needs a weight distribution hitch. And a 5500 pound trailer 'should' have a tongue weight of around 660 pounds. Maybe more, hopefully not much less. So my guess is yes, you need a weight distributing hitch.


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it has a 7,500-pound hitch with a 750-lb tongue capacity. I will have to look tomorrow when its light outside to see what the car hauler tongue weight is. I know the car hauler itself weighs aprox 2,000 lbs and will carry 7,000 lbs.

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750 pound limit with or without a WDH? My Tahoe is 600 without and 1000 with but that also takes 600 to 1000 of payload plus the weight of the hitch. What’s the MH’s payload?

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snow0700 wrote:

it has a 7,500-pound hitch with a 750-lb tongue capacity. I will have to look tomorrow when its light outside to see what the car hauler tongue weight is. I know the car hauler itself weighs aprox 2,000 lbs and will carry 7,000 lbs.
just took a flashlight out, loks like the utilty trailer weights 2,200 lbs. but it does not state the tongue weight..

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snow0700 wrote:

snow0700 wrote:

it has a 7,500-pound hitch with a 750-lb tongue capacity. I will have to look tomorrow when its light outside to see what the car hauler tongue weight is. I know the car hauler itself weighs aprox 2,000 lbs and will carry 7,000 lbs.
just took a flashlight out, loks like the utilty trailer weights 2,200 lbs. but it does not state the tongue weight..


I would doubt if it will state a tongue weight as the mfg doesn't know how you're going to load a car on it. How far forward or back will the load go? Will you load it with the car forward or backwards placing the weight of the engine on the front or rear of trailer. Will you load a small pick up truck on it with a golf cart or Harley in the rear putting more weight on the rear of the trailer and less weight on the tongue?


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The only way to know the tongue weight is to weigh it as it will very with how much you put in the trailer and how it's positioned. There's no way the manufacturer could post tongue weight. For proper towing with no sway you should have at least 10% tongue weight, maybe a bit more. Camperdave ran the math for you.
Depending on hitch rating without WDH and your actual tongue rating you're probably real close.

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we have the car on the front of trailer, it weighs 2,000 lbs, the 4 wheeler side ways in the middle , it weighs 500 lbs, and the side by side utv at the back of the trailer, ans it weighs 1,000 lbs. utilty trailer weighs 2,000 lb. and will carry 7,000 lbs.

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