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ScottG

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Posted: 03/03/18 09:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I doubt you need any of that either.
Give it a shot and see how it does. If you find the trailer is pushing you around in your lane, get the H/W.


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Posted: 03/03/18 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all...I did check the label on the hitch. Exactly what you had said regarding WD.
My dealer said exactly what you all had stated but I wanted to confirm it with you all.
I am a minimalist and very rebellious when it comes to STUFF!! Not much going into this thing.
Anything with a little bit of heft will be in the bed forward of the rear wheels.
I guess we will do a test pull and see how it goes. I'm confident now based on your input that I should be fine. I will keep you all posted.


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rfporzio wrote:

I'm confident now based on your input that I should be fine.


You will be ... until you aren't. [emoticon] It may feel "fine" but dropping 400 lbs of gross tongue weight on the far rear end of such a small truck will unload the front steer axle. The question is whether this bothers you ... regardless, a properly sized & adjusted WD system will eliminate this issue. Your choice. [emoticon]

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Posted: 03/03/18 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have towed 16'-17' trailers without WD or sway control for several hundred thousand miles, no problem. The big thing is to make sure at least 10% TT weight is on the hitch, because insufficient hitch weight is the main cause of sway. A 4x8 utility trailer can sway if improperly loaded... as I can attest, when I was young and foolish.


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The biggest issue is if you have "soft" rear springs on your TV, then the nose will come up giving you very light steering and a possibility of bottoming out at the hitch. The light steering can be dangerous in a cross wind. (AMHIK)

As long as the TV and trailer are staying pretty level, you are fine.

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More than likely, it will pull OK without WD. You may or may not find the feeling you get from passing semis unsettling. WD will reduce or eliminate that. WD also helps when winds are gusty, or if your truck feels bouncy. Pull it and see how it goes. If you don't like it, get a WD hitch.


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The OP's truck and new trailer may pull "just fine" without WD hitch.

But unless he tries it both ways, w/o WD hitch, then back to back with a WD hitch, he will never know the difference.

Which is why I posted the way I did earlier. I've towed two different trailers with this same truck, with and w/o WD hitch.

Honestly, I would have little hesitation pulling my travel trailer simply on the ball behind the Frontier. But I prefer the way it drives with the BlueOx in place.

Simply put, I don't mind the added few minutes it takes to hitch and unhitch.
That's my two cents on it.

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SoundGuy wrote:

rfporzio wrote:

I'm confident now based on your input that I should be fine.


You will be ... until you aren't. [emoticon] It may feel "fine" but dropping 400 lbs of gross tongue weight on the far rear end of such a small truck will unload the front steer axle. The question is whether this bothers you ... regardless, a properly sized & adjusted WD system will eliminate this issue. Your choice. [emoticon]



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Realistically look at your hitch, mine says if the tongue weight exceeds 350 pounds a WD hitch is required. That being said I would think that your right on the edge of one. If it were me I would load it up and see if it tows well or if yo really need a WD hitch.


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How far, how often, are the key factors. If you tow it 50 miles to your camping spot at a Yogi Bear campground them bring it home in the fall. That is different from several longer tows each summer.

At this point why guess? You are already going to give it a test drive, so drive to the CAT scales and weight the combo. Unhook the TT and weight the truck.

Then, you will know the true weight and load your truck sees when you are camping. My guess is, it is a lot more than you think. But then again, why guess?

Locally, the process take about twenty minutes and cost $12,00 to $14.00 depending on which truck stop I go to.


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I had a 2012 Jayco 184Bh that weighed around 3500 pounds and I towed it with a 2011 Chevy Silverado. The first year I towed it with just a sway bar and it was fine and it felt safe, but, I got tired of the bouncing or porpoising. I put a WDH on the next year and it was a much better ride.


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