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I've been wrestling with a similar problem for about 2 years now. I tow a pop up camper (GVW 3200lbs) with my XJ. The camper storage compartment is in the front, along with the propane bottle and battery, so there is considerable tounge weight (about 225lbs.). Add to that the gear and people in the back seat. My current solution is Monroe air shocks on the rear axle (the XJ has rear leaf springs and a "natural" SOA), inflated to 100psig when towing. While it works ok, the rig doesn't sit exactly level when fully loaded and hitched up. As you probably know, the closer the rig sits to level, the more safer it is while towing.
I've been toying with the idea of installing a load equalizer hitch on the trailer but I'd have to change my current 1 1/4" receiver to 2". Also, the minimum size equalizer I can find has a rated capacity of 500lb. tounge weight so I'm worried that that might be too much capacity and the hitch won't work right. (It's supposed to shift some to the tounge weight to the front axle).