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Posted: 11/19/21 06:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My F150 is rated for 5,000 lbs before needing a Weight Distribution hitch, and my trailer is supposedly 4900 dry. We don't have much in there right now (not even mattresses) and it's winterized, so no water in the tank.

I should be fine just moving it around in my driveway with just the ball/hitch, right? I don't think I need the WD bars attached just to move it 10-15 feet.


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Posted: 11/19/21 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No and No you do not need WD bars.

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If your only moving it around to position there should be no need


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Posted: 11/19/21 10:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep it under 30 mph and you should be fine [emoticon]


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So generally it's 5000/500 where 500 pound tongue weight is the more important number for a travel trailer. You're probably over by 2-300 pounds but so long as you don't drop the trailer into a ditch you're not going to experience dynamic forces anywhere near what the engineering spec is designed for and so you'll be fine. The engineers speced that 500 pound limit for a trailer hitting a large pothole at highway speeds.


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We just recently moved a 35ft trailer with a 2001 Jeep Wrangler, entertaining.
You should be fine.

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Those ratings are based on dynamic loads but the ratings are based on static loads.

Hit a pothole at 60mph and the dynamic loads are far greater than hitting the same pothole at 5mph.

Of course, it's hard to explain the dynamic loads so they give a rating based on static loads.


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And...without WD bars, it will be easier to make tight twists and turns while backing into tight spots. After awhile, you can start collecting style points --for perfectly aligning your TT with driveway's edge. Geometric perfection is a sweet sight.

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Posted: 11/20/21 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I pulled a 10k car hauler with a 7640 lb tall blue tractor with a cab for a couple of years before Barney (mod) talked me into getting a Husky Centerline TS hitch/1200 lb bars for this combo. Boy was he right.
I can go forward or backward with the Husky WD hitch just as sharp as I did before (till the rear bumper contacts the trailer).

Your truck will be fine moving in around the rv park/campground/yard or a few miles down the road.


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