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kaydeejay

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Posted: 06/17/12 07:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Simple answer
What are the two ratings for your hitch?
Dead weight
and
with WDH?
If your hitch is rated to handle a 1000# dead weight (which I rather doubt) then you don't NEED WDH, if you are exceeding the dead weight rating, then you need to give WDH some serious consideration.


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If you have a factory installed hitch receiver you will most likely need to use a WD hitch. Our 3/4 ton chevy gasser can easily handle our dead tongue weight of 1200 plus pounds with about a !/2 inch of deflection to the front and rear of truck, but there is a big difference in overall towing comfort when our WD/SC hitch is not engaged. We travel at interstate speeds in high wind conditions and I wouldn't even consider not using it. I've seen many capable trucks not using a WD/SC hitch with a similar sized towable and they seldom can handle the interstate speeds and wind scenarios we regularly encounter out here in the Mountain West. It's a great feeling knowing that we're equipped to handle most any roadway situation.

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I was pulling an 8200 lb 30' TT for awhile behind my 2500 D/A (probably around 1000-1100 tongue weight), and liked using a WDH/dual cam sway control combo. WDH helps with minimizing porpoising effect on rough roads, and sway control obviosly helps in high wind conditions, especially for longer rigs. I would never consider towing something of that size/weight without it.


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Thanks everyone... pretty much what I expected. What I did learn was the 1000lb dead weight limit on my receiver. I was always just thinking about payload.

Also, somehow it got inferred that I was having sway issues with/without the WDH.... what I said was the sway control. And it's not drastic but enough to keep me using it.

I'll continue to use the WDH just set lightly with the anti-sway. It's overall a great setup. I was just wondering.... thanks again.

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mtofell1 wrote:

I'll continue to use the WDH just set lightly with the anti-sway. It's overall a great setup. I was just wondering.... thanks again.
What WDH are you using, and what sway control are you using.

When you weighed your rig, what were the axle load values?

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I use my wd bars just so i dont have to get a lecture at the gas station or anywhere else i stop about needing them. They are set so loose they do nothing.

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nevadanick wrote:

I use my wd bars just so i dont have to get a lecture at the gas station or anywhere else i stop about needing them. They are set so loose they do nothing.

ROTFLMAO I thought I was the only one that did this.


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Ron Gratz wrote:

mtofell1 wrote:

I'll continue to use the WDH just set lightly with the anti-sway. It's overall a great setup. I was just wondering.... thanks again.
What WDH are you using, and what sway control are you using.

When you weighed your rig, what were the axle load values?

Ron


Brand is Husky for the WDH and teflon anti-sway. 1200# bars on the WDH.

Axles when on my way back from a camping trip with an average to light amount of stuff were:

Front 4250
Rear 3950
Trailer 6800

My best estimate of tongue weight the TT adds is 900-1000. The rear axle with the same stuff minus the TT would usually be about 3000.

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