Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-18-2016, 11:57 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1974 Argosy 26
Dana Point , California
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 36
Images: 4
Do I need a weight distributing hitch?

What do think?

I just bought a 1974 Argosy 26. I am pretty sure it weighs somewhere in the ballpark of 4000lbs. I will be towing it with a long bed crew cab f350. I have towed much more weight than this without a weight distributing hitch, but not a travel trailer. I am pretty sure I'll be fine.

Thanks for the input.
__________________

__________________
Peter Culp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 01:33 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
dkottum's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,449
Weigh distribution hitches can also offer some sway control, that's good thing in gusting side wind, semi traffic, a little too much speed, unbalanced trailer, and downhill curves when these conditions come together.
__________________

__________________
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 01:45 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Nowhere , Somewhere
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,049
WD might not be needed but I recommend sway control. I use no WD on my one ton and pull a 30 Avion. But I do use two sway control devises.
__________________
1984 Avion 30p 9.1 meter. 2006 Dodge 3500 cummins srw short bed crew cab.
avionstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 01:49 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
SteveSueMac's Avatar

 
2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 5,069
Hi there - first - welcome to the forums and congrats on your new-to-you Argosy!

What do *I* think?

I think a 4000# trailer putting 4-600# on the tail of a 350 probably isn't going to do much to your truck's front end. I'm not sure WD is a big challenge here (but, I'm not a professional trucker so take this with a grain of salt).

I think sway control is a must in any configuration and many WD hitches also include some sway reaction or prevention capability.

Since that's the case, you might want to look in to a decent integrated WD/sway control device. Lots of options. Lots of opinions, all (including mine) worth every penny you paid for it 😀

Good luck and happy camping!
__________________
SteveSueMac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 03:06 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
1974 Argosy 26
Dana Point , California
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 36
Images: 4
Thanks everyone.
__________________
Peter Culp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
CLOUDSPLITTER Phone home
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,806
Images: 1
I think.....

......you NEED sway control and WD wouldn't hurt either.

Bob
__________________
"If your confused about what to do, whatever you end up doing will turn out to be the right thing to have done."
DJT

"The problem with quotes found on the Internet is that it's hard to be sure of their authenticity."
Abe Lincolan
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 03:20 PM   #7
Rivet Master

 
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Long Island , New York
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 4,122
Welcome to the forum!

Weight distribution and sway control will make your rig safer and easier to handle.

Could you "get away" with not having them?

Probably.

What do you figure your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth, if WD and SC might help get you out of a jam some day?

Good luck!

Peter

__________________
OTRA15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 06:52 PM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
1974 Argosy 26
Dana Point , California
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 36
Images: 4
Ok, so since you all want me to be safe, I guess I need to buy a hitch with sway control. It looks like most hitches are combo WD and sway control. I have a 2" receiver and need a 2 5/16" ball. Do you have any recommendations for a hitch? I would like to be able to back up without taking the sway control off.

You guys rule. Thanks again.
__________________
Peter Culp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 06:59 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,262
Oh, that's a religious subject, for sure!
We have Equilizer - have used it for 20 years with multiple trailers and love it. There WILL be other opinions!

Kay
__________________
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 10:44 PM   #10
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,453
Do I need a weight distributing hitch?

Oh absolutely. I use a ProPride, which is a Hensley design.

Probably really is massive overkill on my 22' International, with a long bed crew cab Tacoma, but what the hey, I can adjust it easily, it never sways, and I can back it easily.

Lack of white knuckles and need to be depending on quick reflexes I no longer have was what sold it. A couple tire-burning panic stops in Phoenix confirmed the hole in the wallet was worth it.

Straight stop and go is priceless.

Bottom line is make a decision YOU are comfortable with.


Sent from my pocket Internet using Airstream Forums
__________________
KE4GNK/AE
'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 11:21 AM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
1998 34' Limited
Buford , Georgia
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 90
Dual rear wheels... No
Single rw... Yes
__________________
fwjumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 11:21 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Blenheim Ontario , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 948
Didn't we just go through this a week or two ago?��
__________________
MelGoddard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 11:34 AM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
2013 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Salado , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 80
I towed for many years and many thousands of miles without WD or sway control... until one day as I was happily towing a travel trailer the combination of all the elements: downhill brake application, strong crosswind, 18 wheeler passing me at a high-speed differential, probably weight distribution issues native to the trailer, and who knows what else put the trailer ahead of the towing vehicle and totaled both trailer and tow vehicle. I walked away, but had the trailer taken me left instead of right, a funeral would have been in order.

I did a LOT of research and determined that in my case, Sierra 2500 & AS 27' Eddie Bauer, an Equalizer hitch was the optimal solution. If I had a lighter & shorter TV then I would have gone for the ProPride or Hensley. I have since been in unexpected road situations at highway speeds when I had to maneuver suddenly to avoid a collision in a downhill, braking, crosswind condition. The trailer tracked like a dream with absolutely no sway.

It was only after installing the Equalizer that I realized that in extreme situations when pulling I HAD encountered some small sway action historically. I had pulled so many miles that I had just gotten used to the slight corrective action I had to take with the wheel to the point that I was unaware it was happening.

Having a good WD/sway control hitch given the rig you are describing is like that second hydraulic braking system on your truck. You may have never needed it, but if the day comes when you do, there will be no substitute. I flew helicopters for a long time and never used the Sprague clutch that uncouples the rotor from the transmission in the event of an engine failure, but once! When that "once" happened it was the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe. If you are pulling a travel trailer that is not a 5th wheel hitch rig, then there will be conditions that will result in an out-of-control situation unless you are using one of the sophisticated hitches.
__________________
Loden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2016, 11:43 AM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
2017 19' Flying Cloud
Madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by OTRA15 View Post
Welcome to the forum!

Weight distribution and sway control will make your rig safer and easier to handle.

Could you "get away" with not having them?

Probably.

What do you figure your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth, if WD and SC might help get you out of a jam some day?

Good luck!

Peter


What he said!!
__________________

__________________
jtwind is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From the Noob desk: weight vs. weight distributing TINLOVE Hitches, Couplers & Balls 5 10-12-2014 10:10 PM
New single-arm weight distributing hitch bfk Hitches, Couplers & Balls 18 07-30-2006 09:45 PM
Weight distributing hitch choices Safari64 Hitches, Couplers & Balls 18 02-23-2006 11:12 AM
Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch Bill Price; Hitches, Couplers & Balls 5 02-28-2004 11:18 PM
Weight Distributing Hitch joshua32064 Hitches, Couplers & Balls 1 09-27-2003 07:16 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.