Weight Distribution Hitch Questions - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Tow rigs and trailers
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

greatlakes4x4.com is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 14th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #1
9T9BlueTJ
Motivator, please!
 
9T9BlueTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Three Rivers, Mi
Posts: 444
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default Weight Distribution Hitch Questions

My setup - 2001 Silverado 1/2 ton ECSB 4X4, 18 +2 bumper pull trailer rated at 10,000 lbs, TJ w/ lots of extra armor (more weight).

Have been towing w/o a WDH for a long time, but think it is a good idea to get one. I see trunion vs round bar, 600 - 800 - 1000 lb hitch weight, sway vs non sway, etc vs etc. What is the best, reasonably priced one to get? How hard are they to set up?

Looking at this site currently. http://www.thehitchstore.com/hitches...s-c-20_43.html

Looking to pull the trigger, but not sure what I am aiming for
9T9BlueTJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old July 15th, 2009, 08:17 AM   #2
CreativeFab
used to be Ironman
 
CreativeFab's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-01-05
Location: midland
Posts: 3,214
iTrader: (35)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

The only real difference in round vs trunion is ground clearence on the bars. Round bars come out of the bottom of the hitch head and tend to drag on lower vehicles.

Get the 1000 pound toungue weight version of either and you will be fine. You should not need sway protection unless you plan on towing a travel trailer someday with the same WD hitch.

Make sure to order the correct draw bar so you are towing level, some trucks require a drop some a rise, just make sure yout trailer is level when hitched. 18" is the general rule of thumb to the top of the ball. Follow the directions on setting up the dist. bars when hooking up and you will be a happy tower.
CreativeFab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #3
Timglide
It's Me
 
Timglide's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-30-09
Location: Oceana County
Posts: 99
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I agree with all that Ironman stated above. I am pulling the same rig that you described (enclosed trailer) in length and weight. I sampled the pull without WD for a half of a day. There is a noticable improvement in ride and pulling characteristics. My WD happens to be Reese trunion style 12500 lbs rated, what I found very reasonable on craigslist.
Timglide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #4
9T9BlueTJ
Motivator, please!
 
9T9BlueTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Three Rivers, Mi
Posts: 444
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Thanks for the comments. I have read that if you do not load the tongue weight enough (say 300 lbs and you have a 1000 lb WDH), the rear will lift up and lose traction. Don't want to be towing the trailer empty and have the rears break loose. Is there truth to that claim I have read? Do I just take the WDH off then?

I see there are adjustable shanks out there, and the one I am looking at comes with a fixed 2" drop. Have to see where the hitch to the ball looks like empty and on a flat surface.
9T9BlueTJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #5
whiterhino
I'm not old, honest...
 
whiterhino's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-07-06
Location: Davisburg MI
Posts: 21,293
iTrader: (21)
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Default

I agree with the above comments too. I also have the 12,000 Reese with the trunion style. As a note, Ironman and I have almost identical tow rigs and trailers and we travel together frequently. He has the round bar style and rubs more frequently than I do.

I don't believe you can torque the bars up enough to lift the tires off the ground without seeing other issues. It takes a bit of trial and error to discover what settings work for you. Basically you are hooking onto a chain link for adjustment. Shorten the chain and you have more tension, lengthen it and you get less. You'll figure it out.

By the way, although he didn't say it, Ironman is a distributor for all that stuff.
whiterhino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 13th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #6
PeteC
Get Up and Go
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Oak Park, Michigan
Posts: 2,561
iTrader: (3)
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Default

I have the WDH as well. As Whiterhino said, a little trial and error and you will get the adjustments down for empty and loaded. You will be able to tell very quickly.

When set up correctly the truck and trailer will have "even" stances and it will drive very nicely.

Only thing I do different is I do use a sway bar. Maybe it's because my Dad always had one on the trailer or maybe it's just because I have it. But I have puled with lighter duty vehicles than some and choose the little extra to help the towing.
PeteC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 13th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #7
joe_jeep
welfare wheeler
 
joe_jeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-03-06
Location: hazel park, mi
Posts: 5,727
iTrader: (37)
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Send a message via Yahoo to joe_jeep
Default

i have the heavy duty reese dual cam set up. it pulls nice. i also have the sway control system. i have towed with and without the sway controller and see no difference. if you have enough tounge weight you dont need it.
if you prefer new ironman is a good guy to deal with. otherwise craigslist or escam.
joe_jeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Tow rigs and trailers

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:58 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Page generated in 0.15603 seconds with 41 queries