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Old 12-06-2015, 09:22 AM   #29
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I said it above, my trailer tows fairly stable on the ball at 60 mph and below, but I cant sit in a vehicle all day driving 60 or less.

If my two trailers are a good representation of others, I think that driving 60 and under without anti sway is going to be safe, but not as SWEET as my Hensley.


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Old 12-06-2015, 01:01 PM   #30
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Just witnessed 2 inbound rigs checking in @ Fort Wilderness an hour ago that were smaller glue lam walled price point trailers with paper tags (read brand new). One was on a F350 dually and one on a F250 Sbcc. They both apparently had significant tongue weight for small trailers as even the dually was bow high with trailer badly tongue low.

Told my wife I should write tickets for poor hitch setup. Please folks, setup whatever you tow and whatever you tow with properly. I don't care if you use a $150 dollar Craigslist hitch or a $3k PPP hitch, but do us all a favor and use something for safety's sake. Your trailer needs to tow level and your tow vehicle needs the weight your trailer tongue removed added back to the front axle. Please help kept your family and ours safe..... If you can tow only with a ball and meet those conditions then rock on.

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Old 12-06-2015, 03:23 PM   #31
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I gave away our old WD only hitch to an SOB towing neighbor. Big truck, but way down at the rear when only on the ball. Hopefully he will use it and at least get his front axle firmly on the ground. Was scary to watch.


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Old 12-06-2015, 11:01 PM   #32
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I gutted my 1958 Caravanner to 2180# w/ 300# tongue but did modity to air ride w/ independent suspension and tow on the ball w/ Cadillac Escalade EXT. Speed so far 90 MPH + and w/ no effect at lower speeds when semi's overtake. Am running bias ply tires on 15" rims.
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:34 AM   #34
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:46 AM   #35
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Some people wanted some pictures of my rig. Thirty foot classic with 1500 Silverado with not WD sway control and no tow package. I have health issues so will not able to get them for a while, but it set very pretty, no sage in the rear end, nice an level and "flat".
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:27 AM   #36
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As said ...it depends upon the load rating of the TV, tires, suspension, & brakes ... but with a 2500, towing on just a ball should not be an issue.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:08 PM   #37
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One thing that clouds this particular issue is that each person has their own comfort level. Like so many things of this type it is easy to get locked into our own personal opinions. I grew up with the boy scout motto, "Be Prepared" always on my mind. Therefor I use a weight distribution/sway control hitch. That does not make me right. It just make me comfortable. If we are going to worry about what the other fellow is using to tow affecting us, perhaps we should worry about more prevalent dangers, such a weather, drunk drivers, etc. Personally I would not consider towing with some of the previous suggestions. However since the original question was about an emergency situation, In that case, yes, I would tow my heavy trailer on a bare ball, cautiously.

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Old 12-07-2015, 11:11 PM   #38
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Has more to do with your tow vehicle and a properly rate hitch. Weight Distibution is just that, used to distribute weight. If your tow vehicle can carry the tongue weight of your trailer you don't need to redistribute it. Most trailers (all kinds not just campers) are towed without issue on "just a ball". Knowing what your tow vehicle is capable of is the important part. If your TV needs the assistance of WD than towing on the ball alone could be problematic and should only be used for short trips and emergencies. When your vehicle alone is not capable of handling the weight the hitch becomes a very integral part of the towing process.

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Bingo! You need to know your vehicle and what it is rated to haul with and without WD. For example, according to Ford's literature, a new Ford F150 with a 3.5 Ecoboost is rated for up to 12,200# towing with WD, but only 5000# without WD. (Of course any weight ratings come with the caveat of an "appropriately equipped" vehicle.)
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One thing that clouds this particular issue is that each person has their own comfort level. Like so many things of this type it is easy to get locked into our own personal opinions. I grew up with the boy scout motto, "Be Prepared" always on my mind. Therefor I use a weight distribution/sway control hitch. That does not make me right. It just make me comfortable. If we are going to worry about what the other fellow is using to tow affecting us, perhaps we should worry about more prevalent dangers, such a weather, drunk drivers, etc. Personally I would not consider towing with some of the previous suggestions. However since the original question was about an emergency situation, In that case, yes, I would tow my heavy trailer on a bare ball, cautiously.

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