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Old 02-14-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Ok I am a travel for work with a 25' Safari and tow it wit a ram 1500 with a Hensley hitch it tows great. My dad just bought a brand new 22' Bambi and he is going to be towing it with a brand new ram 2500. We just picked it up two weeks ago it was 150 miles from home I drove most of the way home and it towed flawlessly I could not even feel it back there my dad didn't have much of a drop hitch so the front of the trailer was a little high but it still towed completely flawlessly like I said I would never even know it was there. My dad has it in his head that he really wants to reuse his old Reese hitch system with a leveling jacks and also the sway bar control I think it is absolutely silly of him to use that being what's the point of hooking everything up and having all that stuff attached when the truck is so big in the trailer so small and it towes it perfect. I think he should just buy an adjustable drop hitch being his truck is so high and leave it simple he thinks he should hook up the rese system what are you experts think??
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:13 PM   #2
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I would use the Reese anti-sway hitch versus just a ball connection.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:49 PM   #3
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i also would use his reese, it won't hurt, help with sway and give him confidance in towing. by the way, i used my WDhitchs on my 63 Globetrotter,64 Overlander,70GT, and my 80Caravelle.06 dodge 3500 as a YV. kurt
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:11 AM   #4
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Sway control is always better.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:49 AM   #5
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All the Reese WD hitches I have had (3) you are able to adjust ball height. A 2500 Ram is pretty tall and to get the correct ball height you might need to get a new hitch. That being said if it makes him more comfortable and confident support his decision for a Reese WD setup. Happy camping.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:40 AM   #6
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Best option

No real need for WD but Sway Control is always a good idea in case you encounter cross winds, semi trucks, etc.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:58 AM   #7
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Do you know of a system that just does anti-sway? That was my thoughts exactly I think if you do weight distribution it would make it worse because the truck already doesn't go down any he puts the trailer on the truck doesn't even move.. for the people staying weight distribution should he also use the weight distribution hitch when he's towing the yard trailer? Not trying to be a smart as$ I just truly don't understand. At what point should or shouldn't you use WD hitch do some people think you should use it on any trailer even if the trailer weighs 500 lb and you're towing it with a one ton? Thank you guys I honestly truly don't understand. My thoughts being uneducated on this we're just if you tow a trailer and it towes good you don't need anything like my trailer I have the Hensley hitch because I needed it my truck was small and I camper was heavy I tow all over county. I need a wd because my truck went down so far and I needed sway because heck it swayed all over the place so when I towed with my dad's truck with just a ball I was like wow this thing towes five times better than my camper with a Hensley he doesn't need anything..
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I use a Reese Dual Cam on a 2500 Dodge to tow my 25'. You can get a draw bar with the proper drop. I would want the softest bars available and the trailer set up level though.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:12 AM   #9
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Use the sway bar. You may not need the weight distribution. A little weight on the back of a truck is a good thing. What is the tongue weight of that trailer? I use sway bar and weight distribution on my 31 ft Airstream but nothing but the ball with my two cargo and flat bed trailers. They don't sway and I have control over tongue weight. The Airstream will sway but nothing on the smaller trailers.



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I was kinda in the same boat. I did not need weight distribution or load leveling nor want the extra weight on the back of the TV. I have AWD and air suspension on my Rover. I opted for the Hayes sway master and it works great. Pretty much a plug n play with 4 screws. I am going to lift the trailer and will just flip my hitch to accommodate.
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Simple and inexpensive solution

https://www.amazon.com/Friction-Sway...ay+control+kit
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I got into the habit of looking at other trailers while I'm on the road. Horse trailers, boat trailers, motorcycle trailers, trailers with backhoe's on the bed, flatbed car trailers, enclosed race car trailers.
I have yet to see any trailer with a WD hitch except campers.
Amazingly, they don't all fly out of control and crash in the ditch.
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We had a 22 sport for our first Airstream. Towed with a Tundra.
We used a simple equalizer hitch with sway bars.

A couple of times we did tow on the ball, just to evaluate the difference.

Decided that the rig rode more "as one" with the bars on.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:38 AM   #14
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Ok I am a travel for work with a 25' Safari and tow it wit a ram 1500 with a Hensley hitch it tows great. My dad just bought a brand new 22' Bambi and he is going to be towing it with a brand new ram 2500. We just picked it up two weeks ago it was 150 miles from home I drove most of the way home and it towed flawlessly I could not even feel it back there my dad didn't have much of a drop hitch so the front of the trailer was a little high but it still towed completely flawlessly like I said I would never even know it was there. My dad has it in his head that he really wants to reuse his old Reese hitch system with a leveling jacks and also the sway bar control I think it is absolutely silly of him to use that being what's the point of hooking everything up and having all that stuff attached when the truck is so big in the trailer so small and it towes it perfect. I think he should just buy an adjustable drop hitch being his truck is so high and leave it simple he thinks he should hook up the rese system what are you experts think??
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In my opinion you should not use a WD hitch with a RAM 2500 pulling such a small load. The reason for this is that the RAM, and most other pickup trucks, are already loaded too heavily on the front axle. A RAM 2500 diesel unloaded has a 38/62 rear/front weight distribution. The rear end is too light and rear wheel traction is insufficient. A 50/50 weight distribution would be ideal but to get that you would have to put 1000 lbs on the hitch ball with no WD. Furthermore the WD hitch will add more load to the trailer axle and the Airstream 22 tires are already too heavily loaded (ask me how I know).
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