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Posted: 10/09/19 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2000 Dutch Star with a 5000lb hitch. Can a weight distribution hitch be used on this with its airbags? Would the airbags not fight the attempt to raise the back end?

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Posted: 10/09/19 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, Also you should connect the trailer and load it , then run the engine to get the airbag system up , Last adjust the hitch. Remember to stay under your tongue weight.

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Posted: 10/10/19 06:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For a 5K trailer you do not need or want WD.


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Ivylog wrote:

For a 5K trailer you do not need or want WD.


What do you base this statement on? I have towed a enclosed 2 Motorcycle Trailer behind a Denali Yukon with air suspension. The weight was around 4500 lbs total. I used a WD tow arrangement and also did not use the WD(as a test). The WD handling was far superior to NO WD. Now, behind a large motorhome, you may not feel a difference. BUT, the WD was used for SAFE towing distribution. I felt that the WD gave me more positive control on the trailer in wind and passing. I would believe the same is true behind a motorhome. Now, I do not know the particulars for WD with a motorhome air suspension. But, I have had customers using WD behind the motorhome. Doug

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Posted: 10/10/19 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also, many of the newer WD hitches also incorporate sway control. It would be worth it for that alone.


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If your hitch receiver is only rated for 5,000 pounds, it probably is not compatible with WD. Any receiver capable of using WD will have dual ratings; Weight Carrying and Weight Distributing.

BTW - The longer the rig's wheelbase, the less WD will change axle loading. But sometimes it's necessary simply to stay within hitch receiver ratings.


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From E trailer. Doug

I have 36’ motorhome on a Freightliner Xc chassis with air bag suspension, I am heavy on the ball, will a weight distributing hitch work? The auto adjust air suspension won’t raise the coach and I do t think the Wd would have that much in it, but would it take weight off the ball? Being a “V” nose trailer the motorcycle has to go in 1st I then back the car in to put the engine rearward of the axles, so not much load adjusting left Thanks

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Yes, you can use a weight distribution system on your motorhome while towing a trailer. Since you have airbags, you will want to couple the trailer and then let the airbags adjust. Once the airbags adjust, you can then set the spring bars on the weight distribution system to take the remaining sag out of the equation.

In order to select the correct weight distribution system you will need to determine your total tongue weight (TTW) which is the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer added to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Please keep in mind that the hitch on your motorhome will also have to be rated for use with a weight distribution system in order for this option to work for you.

I recommend taking a look at the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Systems. These system are one of the best on the market with integrated 4-point sway control which will work to both reduce and prevent trailer sway. I have attached the tongue weight ranges of this system for you.

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