full time RVer
Barney was referring to the hitch Rota wrote:
Hitch (cast iron), Vertical load 1,700lbs, draw 17,000lbs, (stock)factory receiver.
I don't think the weight of the load is a issue for the hitch.
receiver as opposed to the WD hitch.
The receiver should have two tongue weight ratings -- one for "weight carrying" and one for "weight distributing".
If the rating for "weight carrying" is less than your eventual loaded tongue weight, then you should use a WDH.
It will make the truck ride better when towing.
Rio Rancho, NM
Obviously, you are suggesting you do not want to use a WD hitch and quite possibly you may not need one, but it's easy to find out by loading up your TT for camping, hitching up and giving her a test run, preferably simulating as many towing conditions (interstate speeds, high or crosswinds, etc) that one can encounter while towing. If you are OK with the comfort level you experienced on your test run, then you have your answer. I've done it and definitely prefer the comfort level provided by our WD/SC hitch plus it takes less than a couple of minutes to engage thanks to our power tongue jack.
What does the Receiver have tagged on it. I am betting you will need one and I know it will ride better.
09 SuperDuty Crew Cab 6.8L/4.10(The Black Pearl)
06 Keystone Hornet 29 RLS/(The Cracker Cabana)
I would spell out what a wdh is. Took me awhile to figure it out.
You must first look at this on your hitch and see what it shows for Maximum tongue weight for weight carrying
If your loaded tongue weight exceeds that, they yes you will need a WDH.
2010 Chaparral 322RLTS
2004 Chevrolet 2500HD D/A CCSB 4x4
Days camped in 2011: 22
Days camped in 2012: 34
Days camped in 2013: 6
I used the WDH (weight Distributing Hitch) and a friction sway control.
It towed effortlessly behind my truck, I couldn't see my gas 2500 doing the job as easily and as comfortably.
Good Sam RV Club Member
if you don't need it then its a just a pain in the #@$%^%$ the extra weight, noise incontinent,storage and there not cheap ,check you specs use only if needed
I dont use one but i upgraded much of the rear suspension and hitch setup with my truck. I have an 2.5" 18k/1800 pound tongue weight w/o distrubution hitch on the truck and use 18k ballmounts. My setup is much stonger than any WDH on the market
2010 Gmc 2500 Duramax,1ton rear springs, 90g box tank, 0ver 495,000 Odometer miles, 20k Curt fifth wheel, 18k Curt rear mount hitch. Cobra CB/Weather Radio, Bridgestone Duravis R500 HDs Rancho 9000 Shocks, Firestone Airbags, bypass oil filter, Fass 95HD
With my current dually I only need WD because of the receiver rating (700 lbs WC, 1300 lbs WD)
I do not torque the WD hitch down like I did with the half-ton, just enough to put tension on the bars. Dual friction sway control, Ready to rock and roll.
I suspect that for a HD truck the WD hitch is more of a dampener when going over expansion joints, etc. unless the hitch weight is crazy heavy.
TT: 1995 Layton 2910
Tow Vehicle: 1999 F-350, v10, 2wd, Crew Cab, Dually
Hitch: Draw-Tite Trunnion WD Hitch
Sway Control: Valley dual friction sway control
Brake Control: Tekonsha Voyager
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