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Old 04-01-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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We have a 3/4 ton Dodge truck and a 22' Safari. There is a 10" difference in the ball on the truck to the ball on the trailer.Do we need a weight distribution system or can we use a standard drop down ball attachment? Thanks in advance for comments and help!
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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Personally, I would not tow any Airstream without w/d and sway control. You will find advocates here for pretty much any brand. I have a Straight-Line hitch which works fine. Many like the Dual-Cam set-up and the Pro-Pride and Hensley have a fiercely loyal following.

You really need something other than a plain ball...

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Old 04-01-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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You need weight distribution and sway control.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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I wholeheartedly agree. You definitely need a weight distribution/sway control hitch system.

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I have a 3/4 ton Dodge truck, 4wd. You need a dropped draw bar with a WD hitch. You can get the drop bar at Uhaul or campers world. might have to order it.
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I'll put my oar in for our Henlsey. Aaron at the plant has been most helpful to a newbie like me, and the difference between with and without is night and day. Don't leave home without one of them, and you probably get just about what you pay for, so don't scrimp too much.
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A 1962 Safari 22-footer has a "dry" weight of 3050 pounds. Your 3/4 ton truck is a big husky vehicle.

I would always say that WD anti-sway hitch is a valuable addition to a good towing setup, and will help protect your trailer and ensure proper steering on the truck.

IMO, a $3,000 hitch is not a "must" though, given what you have.
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10" wow

Is your truck 4 wheel drive? 10" seems like an awful lot. Are you using a Class 3 or 4 reciever hitch that bolts to the frame of the truck? I have a 3/4 ton Dodge truck and use a 2" drop stinger that goes into the receiver. I don't use an equalizer hitch because I have air bags on the rear axle of the truck. I do use sway control.
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Thanks!

Thanks for all of the valuable information. This forum never fails to provide a variety of choices and ideas. For new members, 'priceless'!!
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Is your truck 4 wheel drive? 10" seems like an awful lot. Are you using a Class 3 or 4 reciever hitch that bolts to the frame of the truck? I have a 3/4 ton Dodge truck and use a 2" drop stinger that goes into the receiver. I don't use an equalizer hitch because I have air bags on the rear axle of the truck. I do use sway control.
TG, that's a great question! It hit me that 10" is a lot, but not being anything approaching a suspension expert, I waited to see what would develop around that huge drop.

Peggy, what year and model is your Dodge truck, and can you tell us if your truck's suspension has been modified to make it higher off the ground?

If it has, perhaps just going back to the original setup would reduce that unusually large drop. It might also improve the truck's towing performance.
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You don't need a weight distributing hitch. The tongue weight of that trailer is something like 300 to 400 lbs; this is easily handled by your truck and is well within the manufacturer's ratings . You do need to have the ball height at about 19" when the truck and trailer are hitched. I use airsprings to trim our 3/4 ton truck level, since depending on what we're carrying the attitude of the truck changes somewhat, and the rig looks better level. Why is your vehicle so tall? Is it lifted or have oversize tires?

Whether or not you need a sway control system is a matter of some debate; since this is a safety related issue the debate can get... energetic. Personally, I don't use such with our 1971 25' Tradewind, but I've pulled a variety of trailers over the last 35 years without such devices. Of course, keeping proper loading on the trailer tongue is by far the most important aspect of keeping trailers from becoming unstable.

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #12
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I am posting 7 photographs for visual details of our hitch system. I believe they will be self explanatory. The tentative plan is to modify the WD hitch head removing the male portion and replacing it with a heavy channel and using a WD shank (ball mount shank) to achieve the proper height differences.
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I needed a drop similar to this:



I found this hitch page helpful:

"Weight Distributing Hitch's will improve your trailer sway, weight distribution, and lower stress for trailer safety, Equalizer weight distributing hitch."

I ended up getting my hitch from Amazon.

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