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Old 05-15-2015, 04:04 PM   #71
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Generally speaking almost anyone can tow on the ball. But if one wants to take it up to the various levels of control and safety the WDH is the way to go.

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:46 PM   #72
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In my experience, good sway control mostly adds JOY IN DRIVING more than safety as we tend to adapt to the limitations of our vehicles.

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Old 05-16-2015, 10:03 AM   #73
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I towed on the ball to go have my wdh installed. If I were hooked up to heart rate monitors, etc. to follow stress, I probably added 10 years of camping to my life by adding the wdh. The previous owner never used a wdh and scoffed at the idea of me installing one, but I found the difference in towing to be an incredible improvement in control and handling. If I hit the road, the wdh is on.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:26 AM   #74
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Also having done it both ways, once on the ball, WD only. Second time with a ProPride setup. Night and day. WD only was an E-ticket ride I didn't want to be on.

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Old 05-17-2015, 09:28 AM   #75
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WD without sway control is a problem big time. I have towed without WD but withe sway control and it was fine. I also tried towing with WD and no sway control and it was a lot worse. Tnis of course was with my truck and trailer, your experience may be different. Good luck, jim
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #76
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I tow with a 2500 Ram turbo diesel. With 1150 lbs. of tongue weight, my rear squats over 3" and my headlights point to the sky. BUT, the rig handles great without WD. Yes, I've tried it. Even so, I wouldn't even think about towing without WD.

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Old 05-24-2015, 10:42 PM   #77
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2015 Silverado HD Duramax, 2015 30' Bunk @ $120,000. ProPride $2,500 and worth every penny in safety, and absolute towing ease. Not sure why you would not want the best possible hitch you can buy to protect your investment, loved ones and fellow travelers. Sure you can go without or cheaply, but........

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:24 AM   #78
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Not all feel that that hitch is the best. Matter of opinion related to individual circumstances. Jim
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:32 AM   #79
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Not all feel that that hitch is the best. Matter of opinion related to individual circumstances. Jim

The hitch type is superior in every aspect. As to which brand is another question. But not much of one.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:37 AM   #80
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My brother-in-law called me Saturday. 30' Classic/2500 Silverado. He was taking the AS to the dealer to get un-winterized and decided not to install the WD bars on his Eq....after all it is just a few miles, right?

He is an experienced tower. He has no idea what happened, but he began to experience out-of-control sway on I70. He said if he didn't know how to manually apply trailer brakes and hit the gas, he is certain he would have lost the whole rig.


Always use WD and sway control.

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Old 05-26-2015, 08:48 AM   #81
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:20 AM   #82
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Anyone tow with just the ball?

I also have a negative experience with a ppp hitch, actually 2!
I have never had a Reese type WD/sway control hitch break welds, wear bearings, or snap bars in well maintained use!
I believe simple is better!, I've towed my Airstreams 150000 miles in the last 4 years.

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