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Hi there,

I just purchased a new Travel Trailer from a brand named Coleman and would like to clarify a couple of thing with regards to the towing rating and the type of hitch I am supposed to be using.

The trailer has one axel and weighs 3100lbs dry. The dry tongue weight is 450lbs.

The car is an Gas Powered 2015 ML350 4matic with the factory installed hitch. I also have a Prodigy Brake Controller.

My main worry is what type of hitch I should be using? Just a regular one or should I be looking at a Weight Distribution Hitch.

I am weary of installing anything other than the regular hitch, given that I don't know how this car was build to handle the WDH. I am worried about swaying on bad wind conditions.

I have towed the trailer for about 20 miles so far, and it handled the trailer well, there was a little bit of back and forth tugging, but nothing significant.

So, my question from experience ML towers, what kind of hitch would you recommend and why? And should I change the tire pressure on the ML when I am towing and to what pressure if so? And will the tugging decrease with the WDH?

Thank you in advance.
 

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Hi there,

I just purchased a new Travel Trailer from a brand named Coleman and would like to clarify a couple of thing with regards to the towing rating and the type of hitch I am supposed to be using.

The trailer has one axel and weighs 3100lbs dry. The dry tongue weight is 450lbs.

The car is an Gas Powered 2015 ML350 4matic with the factory installed hitch. I also have a Prodigy Brake Controller.

My main worry is what type of hitch I should be using? Just a regular one or should I be looking at a Weight Distribution Hitch.

I am weary of installing anything other than the regular hitch, given that I don't know how this car was build to handle the WDH. I am worried about swaying on bad wind conditions.

I have towed the trailer for about 20 miles so far, and it handled the trailer well, there was a little bit of back and forth tugging, but nothing significant.

So, my question from experience ML towers, what kind of hitch would you recommend and why? And should I change the tire pressure on the ML when I am towing and to what pressure if so? And will the tugging decrease with the WDH?

Thank you in advance.
Regular hitch is fine with that trailer.

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Thank you guys for the answer. And how about decreasing the tugging back on my suv while I am driving. Is there any solution for it?
 

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Thank you guys for the answer. And how about decreasing the tugging back on my suv while I am driving. Is there any solution for it?
Try loading the trailer with a bit more ball weight. 5-10% of total trailer weight is normal and a good guide.
Adjust your prodigy until you can feel the brakes coming on and then back it of slightly. If you can feel the trailer pulling you back it means the trailer brakes a slowing the ML down. You don’t want that.
 

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Try loading the trailer with a bit more ball weight. 5-10% of total trailer weight is normal and a good guide.
Adjust your prodigy until you can feel the brakes coming on and then back it of slightly. If you can feel the trailer pulling you back it means the trailer brakes a slowing the ML down. You don’t want that.
thanks for the tip Matt. I did not think about that I could adjust the brake controller. I will check the manual and do it as you recommended.
 
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