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Old 05-30-2017, 04:55 AM   #1
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We just order international 27FB and we have a GMC duramax 3500 dually 2013,,,, on the hitch...tongue weight 2,000 and tow 23,000 do we will need to add weight distribution bar on it ???
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:34 AM   #2
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I tow a 25FB with a 2011 Silverado 3500 Duramax, crew cab, long bed SRW. I use a weight distribution/sway control hitch system. Some may tell you that you don't need it. I prefer the safety factor.

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Old 06-09-2017, 02:47 PM   #3
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Thank you for your advise ....
Merci beaucoup ...
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We just order international 27FB and we have a GMC duramax 3500 dually 2013,,,, on the hitch...tongue weight 2,000 and tow 23,000 do we will need to add weight distribution bar on it ???
Wow, I'd like to hear what your dealer recommended.

Personally I'm not going to give a recommendation because I'm just not a trailer towing expert.

We had an airstream dealer pick up our 25 foot with a 3/4 ton, dropped the trailer hitch straight down on the ball, hooked up the chains and brake safety cable and headed out. The guy drivin' said he hauls airstreams on the ball on that 3/4 ton truck all the time and all over.
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I have a 2001 Chevrolet 2500HD and have towed a 26 foot Airstream & Argosy right on the ball. When I measured my ride height at the wheel wells, the rear end would squat 1 3/4” and the front end would rise 3/8”
I also have an Alaskan truck camper. When I load it on my truck (without a trailer attached), the rear end squats 2” and the front end rises 3/8” - no weight distribution except by how things are loaded.
My truck specifications require weight distribution when towing greater than 7500 pounds and it's designed to carry a load. It only gets a little squirrely when driving unloaded, so in my case, taking weight off of the rear axle and putting back on the front axle doesn't make things better... your mileage may vary.
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We will get back to you on that ,,,, we saw many contractor on the road with 3500 dually with big loader on a trailer direct on the ball no other equipment ..
Before ordering my 27FB we had a chalet truck Camper (3 slides) in the box plus we where pulling my 16' trailer with all the toys, Motorcycle, bicycles, Kayak, tools , etc.etc. only on the ball no problem... We prefer no bar but we want to play safe ...
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I would go with a double sway control. I use that and have no problems.
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Here is the issue as I see it. I have a 2012 F-350 DRW with 2012 Lance 1181 truck camper. We have airbags and overloads on the upper rear springs, but am not quite level as I would like to be. Two affects from that are: 1) The steering wonders more than we would like (transmutes to more driving fatigue on long trips) & 2) I have to put a strip of masking tape on the top of my headlights at night so folks do not continuously flash us for them thinking our bright lights are on.

Mind you our Lance gives the equivalent of 4000 pounds of tongue weight, but I am looking forward to having only to deal with just 1,200 pounds of tongue weight from our yet TBD AS which we are heavily researching. We also may downgrade to an F-250 SRW as my long bed dually is quite the challenge to park most every place we go. Then we will get Supersprings and a 4-pt friction hitch. ;-)
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