Originally Posted by russellsue
I have a 1969 23 foot safari I have installed a friction sway bar I have towed the trailer several hundred miles at highway speed with no priblems at all. My larger campers 27 and 26 foot had weight distribution set ups, but the weight on these was in the excess of 5000lbs. Do I really need one on the safari?
Similar to what a famous Politian once said, it depends on your definition of "really need one".
You obviously can tow the trailer without a WD hitch, because you already have. However, the towing experience is much better with a WD hitch, and the tow vehicle's front axle weight at least retuned to unhitched weight.
In my point of view it's like do you really need steel belted radial tires on your vehicle, when for years we got by with bias ply tires?
Then there's a safety issue to consider. Weight on the front axle of the tow vehicle translates to traction, and since the front axle is the primary braking axle, and only steering axle, don't you think you really need for it to have good traction? If you tow enough in various conditions, a time will come where that front axle traction will be critical for safety reasons.
However, you don't state what you are towing with, and if it's a Peterbuilt............