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Old 07-25-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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weight distribution system

I know alot of you already know what i'm about to say but for those who don't here goes. Weight Distribution system is just that! It has nothing to do preventing sway it distributes the weight between the tow vehicle and camper. I repeat it has nothing to do with preventing sway!! Anybody that says so is either trying to sell you one or is misinformed.The weight dist sytem works like this if you have your tow vehicle and camper hooked on level ground ,I mean level ! and the tow vehicle in down in the rear and the camper is down in the front. then perhaps you should consider a weight dist system. If your tow vehicle and camper are straight and level, then you do not need to spend several hundred dollars. I will qualify that this is for camper up 25 feet or less.Again It has not a thing do with preventing sway. All you need is a quality anti-sway friction bar properly installed. This WILL help greatly to prevent sway.Now is you need a weight dist system then you still need to install a friction sway bar, unless you get a combo unit.
I also learned that the tongue weight is approx 10% of the weight of the camper with consideration for full propane tanks and water, for instance I have a 1969 safari, its weight is approx 3800lb but the tongue weight is listed as 420-450 lbs that includes full propane tanks and water. I learned this from a expert who has been doing hitches and only hitches for over twenty years Again anything over 25 feet probably would need a weight dist system as well as a friction anti-sway bar.Good luck and happy camping
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:39 PM   #4
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If you feel more confortable having a WDS thats fine. I'm just saying that is a misnomer that they help with sway, they don't. Never ment to never will.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:45 PM   #5
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There are a few combination systems on the market the incorporate a sway into the WDH. Equalizer is one of them...

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Old 07-25-2014, 08:50 PM   #7
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Your exactly right,I did say they have WDS with an anti-sway system built in
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:31 PM   #9
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Drop a trailer on the receiver and you lighten the traction of the truck's front tires. Wiggle the trailer side-to-side and the truck's front tires resist the side-to-side wiggle, but due to loss of traction because the truck's front axle is lightened by the trailer on the receiver, it wiggles too.

Add a weight distribution hitch to restore the traction of the truck's front tires, the sway is reduced. Add a friction sway bar, the sway is reduced some more. Add a Hensley style hitch and the the wiggle is projected forward over the truck's rear axle while the trailer cannot move itself out of alignment with the truck, sway is eliminated.

As you can tell, I'm not an engineer.
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Well, Russellsue, welcome to the Forums. So glad you cleared all that up.

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Old 07-26-2014, 02:32 PM   #11
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I would imagine that if the trailer out weights the tow vehicle then a WD would be needed for weight distribution not anti- sway. I was using my safari as an example my tow vehicle out weighs the camper by about 2500 lb. There is no way in hell it will effect the front tire contact or suspension and create lift, But Im sure you experts will argue this point
ALL I AM SAYING , NOT TRY TO READ EVERY WORD, WD DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANTI-SWAY.
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:23 PM   #12
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Any weight placed behind truck's rear axle lightens the front axle. For a very heavy truck and a very light trailer you may not notice the loss of front axle traction (resistance to sway, not to mention steering control) except under the most severe combination of conditions, but when does that ever happen.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:47 PM   #14
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"All you need is a quality anti-sway friction bar properly installed."

Some might consider this an oxymoron

Leave the testosterone on the shelf, engage the cranium and read dkottum's posts. They are well done and quite informative. Most people probably need WDS while ALL people should have some sort of anti sway. The sway bar is widely used by many but for my money I would go with a system that has both built in. Just me but then, I have a half ton truck so I don't really have the option of going without.

Your point, by the way, is well taken. But so is dkottum's.
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