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Old 03-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Is Weight Distribution Hitch needed with 3/4 ton

I have a question about WDH's so I'll pipe in here. I went from a Yukon Denali to a 2500 crew cab duramax as my tow vehicle. The Yukon squatted quite a bit when hooked up to a 1975 31' Romany and the WDH was necessary to keep the front wheels on the ground. Empty advertised weight for the trailer is 5000 lbs and 500 lbs tongue weight. Now the tongue weight has little or no effect on the attitude of the new truck. The weight bars are 800 lbs. After leveling everything, should I just use less chain links, meaning less weight distribution, or does anyone bother with the WDH with a 3/4 or 1 ton.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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Yes ... Sway control, also .
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I have a question about WDH's so I'll pipe in here. I went from a Yukon Denali to a 2500 crew cab duramax as my tow vehicle. The Yukon squatted quite a bit when hooked up to a 1975 31' Romany and the WDH was necessary to keep the front wheels on the ground. Empty advertised weight for the trailer is 5000 lbs and 500 lbs tongue weight. Now the tongue weight has little or no effect on the attitude of the new truck. The weight bars are 800 lbs. After leveling everything, should I just use less chain links, meaning less weight distribution, or does anyone bother with the WDH with a 3/4 or 1 ton.
Your tow vehicle owners manual may have the answer to your question. (mine does)

My opinion: If the measurement from the pavement to the fender at the center of the front wheels remains the same when you add the tongue weight, then there is no need for weight distribution. If the measurement increases when the trailer is attached, add tension to the bars until the measurement returns to the original measurement without the tongue weight.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:36 PM   #4
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I have a 2003 Dodge dually and do not use WD and pulls great even in the worst cross winds. The eight sidewalls lock the rear end to the pavement. The truck sits level as well as the trailer.
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Is Weight Distribution Hitch needed with 3/4 ton

Imho, WD, NO, sway control YES.

So, you might as well get both.

Here is the deal, I have a 72 and a 75 31' Sovereign, and they both want to sway over 60 MPH, and the trailer could care less what tow vehicle you have or how big it is.


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I have a reese and just upgraded to a 2500 so I'm am getting new bars. This thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-43568-12.html was a source of a great deal of info for me and seems to suggest even a 3/4 ton can benefit.
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Yes.
Only difference is you will be transferring a little less weight to the trailer axles and to the truck's front axle.
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I have a 2010 GMC Sierra 2500 and have never used WD bars either for my 07 27 ft Safari or my 28 foot enclosed steel framed car trailer(with race car, pit boxes, and all of it inside) Can't even tell there is a trailer behind me!
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I did the 1/2-3/4 ton change. I have a Reese style WD hitch with 1000lb bars. On the 1/2 ton I was 3 links into the bars. I now use 2 links. I use a friction anti-sway bar and am careful about loading. I have so far not had any "wiggle". As to your question, yes, use the WD hitch. It really dampens the vertical trailer pitching when driving. Damping vertical oscillation at the hitch.
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I have a 2010 GMC Sierra 2500 and have never used WD bars either for my 07 27 ft Safari or my 28 foot enclosed steel framed car trailer(with race car, pit boxes, and all of it inside) Can't even tell there is a trailer behind me!
Now thats encouraging.....can't even tell whether the trailer is there or not.
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I have a question about WDH's so I'll pipe in here. I went from a Yukon Denali to a 2500 crew cab duramax as my tow vehicle. The Yukon squatted quite a bit when hooked up to a 1975 31' Romany and the WDH was necessary to keep the front wheels on the ground. Empty advertised weight for the trailer is 5000 lbs and 500 lbs tongue weight. Now the tongue weight has little or no effect on the attitude of the new truck. The weight bars are 800 lbs. After leveling everything, should I just use less chain links, meaning less weight distribution, or does anyone bother with the WDH with a 3/4 or 1 ton.
Most Airstreams towed by larger pick-ups don't need a weight distribution hitch. The reason is that the unloaded truck typically has most of it's weight, 55-60%, over the front wheels. Considering that the truck will handle best with equal load on the front and rear axles, adding load to the hitch ball will actually result in a better balance by increasing the rear axle load and lowering the front axle load by leverage. A weight distribution hitch that transfers load to the already higher loaded front axle will not improve your handling, and may even make it worse.
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That is absolutely true. My one ton needs no WD but sway control helps.
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Most Airstreams towed by larger pick-ups don't need a weight distribution hitch. The reason is that the unloaded truck typically has most of it's weight, 55-60%, over the front wheels. Considering that the truck will handle best with equal load on the front and rear axles, adding load to the hitch ball will actually result in a better balance by increasing the rear axle load and lowering the front axle load by leverage. A weight distribution hitch that transfers load to the already higher loaded front axle will not improve your handling, and may even make it worse.
I've been trying to say that for a long time. My truck needs weight on the rear to handle properly. A little off the front actually helps. Adding weight to the front is nit needed.
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