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MikeCornville
Reg. Feb 2018
Posted 2018-02-24 11:50 AM (#171333)
Subject: 3 horse BP too low for Equalizer hitch... any solutions?


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Hi folks, first post, nice forum, thank you for offering your help.

I have a 2016 Ram 1500 with the tow package (class IV hitch, integrated trailer brake, 3.92 LSD) and I own a 6,000 lbs to 12,000 lbs equalizer hitch.

I purchased a Trails West Adventure MX 3 horse bumper pull trailer. It's pretty low to the ground, and the RV service center I went to told me 'there is no room for a weight distribution hitch, you just need to buy a beefier truck that can safely pull up to 8000 lbs without a weight distribution system' or something to that effect.

Okay, what do I do?

Raise the trailer?
Get a bigger truck? (*i am thinking I need to do this to get a good distro hitch functioning)
Sell my trailer and buy one with higher ground clearance?

Is there some other weight distribution hitch that won't be sitting 2" off the ground?
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Kay
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-02-26 9:22 AM (#171336 - in reply to #171333)
Subject: RE: 3 horse BP too low for Equalizer hitch... any solutions?


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Take it to another trailer service center, someone who actually deals with all types of trailers, not just RVs. Wish you were close to us.
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PaulChristenson
Reg. Jan 2007
Posted 2018-02-27 11:48 PM (#171339 - in reply to #171333)
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PaulChristenson
Reg. Jan 2007
Posted 2018-02-27 11:50 PM (#171340 - in reply to #171339)
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MikeCornville
Reg. Feb 2018
Posted 2018-03-01 10:56 AM (#171343 - in reply to #171340)
Subject: RE: 3 horse BP too low for Equalizer hitch... any solutions?


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Hey Paul, did you follow that the horse trailer is too low for the hitch?

The bars would be 3" from the ground.

If you could recommend a weight distribution hitch that has a lower profile than the Equalizer, that might help. What they really need to do is MFR one with bars that ride ABOVE the trailer frame. It would work perfectly for this application. I have no idea what that would look like.
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MikeCornville
Reg. Feb 2018
Posted 2018-03-01 11:26 AM (#171344 - in reply to #171340)
Subject: RE: 3 horse BP too low for Equalizer hitch... any solutions?


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Hey Paul, did you follow that the horse trailer is too low for the hitch?

The bars would be 3" from the ground.

If you could recommend a weight distribution hitch that has a lower profile than the Equalizer, that might help. What they really need to do is MFR one with bars that ride ABOVE the trailer frame. It would work perfectly for this application. I have no idea what that would look like.

Anyway, I called the folks you linked; they can't help.

I guess this is why everybody with three horse trailers used a HD truck?
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horsey1
Reg. Dec 2004
Posted 2018-03-01 11:56 AM (#171345 - in reply to #171333)
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As I recall, this doesn't go below the frame much, if any-

 OK- can't get to post pics. But go to look at equal-i-zer hitch. That particular brand. 
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PaulChristenson
Reg. Jan 2007
Posted 2018-03-02 1:23 PM (#171352 - in reply to #171344)
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MikeCornville - 2018-03-01 2:26 PM Hey Paul, did you follow that the horse trailer is too low for the hitch? The bars would be 3" from the ground. If you could recommend a weight distribution hitch that has a lower profile than the Equalizer, that might help. What they really need to do is MFR one with bars that ride ABOVE the trailer frame. It would work perfectly for this application. I have no idea what that would look like. Anyway, I called the folks you linked; they can't help. I guess this is why everybody with three horse trailers used a HD truck?

 2016 Ram Towing capacity4,150 to 8,370 lbs

You are pushing your max with or without an Equalizer Hitch...

But given that...take your receiver insert and reverse it to make it a rise rather than a traditional drop

It will cause your trailer to run a little nose high...but might generate enough room for you to fit your bars
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