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I just bought a ram 3500. Also a new tourque t285. I set up my weight distribution hitch. Here are the weights and what’s going on. Empty weight is 5220 front, 3260 rear, total 8480. I put the hitch on and set it up and these are the weights. 5240 front, 5040 rear, 10,000 trailer. Total is 20280.
Here is the problem. When I first set it up I used small spacer and lost 400 lbs on the front, and it seemed to ride better than the way it is set up now. It steers better this way, but it seems to be kind of bumpy. It also looks real level this way with the 20 lbs on the front axle.
What do you guys think.
Thanks for the help.


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Posted: 07/20/21 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like its set up right the way it is


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Truck setting level with some weight added to front sounds good.


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Ok I’ll leave it alone. I’ll be going camping this weekend. I’ll let you know how it does. The first test was only a couple miles to go weigh and fill up fuel.

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Did you by chance get your weights hooked up but without the WDH attached? I'm curious how much your front axle unloaded without the WDH.


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Viken wrote:

I just bought a ram 3500. Also a new tourque t285. I set up my weight distribution hitch. Here are the weights and what’s going on. Empty weight is 5220 front, 3260 rear, total 8480. I put the hitch on and set it up and these are the weights. 5240 front, 5040 rear, 10,000 trailer. Total is 20280.
Here is the problem. When I first set it up I used small spacer and lost 400 lbs on the front, and it seemed to ride better than the way it is set up now. It steers better this way, but it seems to be kind of bumpy. It also looks real level this way with the 20 lbs on the front axle.
What do you guys think.
Thanks for the help.


WD hitch setup video

Here is a video describing principles of weight distribution setup and adjustment.

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As you’ve found, these trailers. Toyhaulers in general are tongue heavy.
Run it wherever it looks and rides/drives best imo.
I’ve never been worried about restoring weight to the front of a diesel truck with moderate weights. My front suspension and tires could use a little break from the weight of that big arse motor, once in a while.


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Grit dog wrote:

As you’ve found, these trailers. Toyhaulers in general are tongue heavy.
Run it wherever it looks and rides/drives best imo.
I’ve never been worried about restoring weight to the front of a diesel truck with moderate weights. My front suspension and tires could use a little break from the weight of that big arse motor, once in a while.


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