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Old November 19th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Is anyone using a weight distribution hitch on their 1/2 ton tow rig to haul a car hauler? Is it needed? Yes? No?
Got my trailer Saturday, I'll be hauling it with a '02 Tahoe. Not to sure if I need the WDH or not. I don't really see anyone using one, but then I don't see tow rigs like we'll be using eigther.
What's your thoughts on this?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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most people dont use them on car trailers because you can use the vehicle on the trailer to balance the load. this is assuming that the truck is setup to handle proper tongue weight.

with that being said, you shouldnt have any problems, i towed full size jeeps on trailers with a 1500 suburban and didnt have any sag issues
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Old December 6th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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you will be ok without one provided the truck can handle enough tonque weight to let the trailer not sway.

On the other hand the hitch on that truck is not rated to tow that weight without a WD setup so you 'should' use a WD hitch. Also note that most standard ball-mounts are not rated at that weight either. You want to look for a solid ball-mount not a square-tube one. (not that youll have problems there either)

Our WD setup makes our van drive, handle and brake much better when towing, and the sway control is amazing in windy weather, but we dont NEED it unless we are towing the heaviest of heavy loads.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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open deck trailer should be fine

We use one on our enclosed race trailer because it weighs more and grabs the wind like you wouldn't believe.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 07:53 PM   #5
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If you do find that you want to run a WD setup give me a shout, I will quote you a price on several brands I carry.

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Old December 12th, 2007, 11:13 PM   #6
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its probably not needed, but in my experience the trailer will ride alot better.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #7
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its probably not needed, but in my experience the trailer will ride alot better.



with a WD you can pull that rig up closer to the tow rig giving you more tong weight, and less Bouncy Bouncy
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Old December 13th, 2007, 07:09 AM   #8
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its probably not needed, but in my experience the trailer will ride alot better.
It's not a bad investment either. You'll never know when you may need it.

Some kits can be switched from trailer to trailer in about 15 min. of work.
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It's not a bad investment either. You'll never know when you may need it.

Some kits can be switched from trailer to trailer in about 15 min. of work.
Good point, even the WD head, as long as it is adjustable, can be used on another vehicle. You know, when your buddy wants to borrow your trailer
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Old December 15th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #10
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I towed for years w/o a wd hitch. Now that I have one I love it! I have a US Cargo Car Hauler trailer and it doesn't sway any, just follows my F-150. Plus in the snow it helps with keeping the front tires on the road for better steering.
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long hauls I would use a wd hitch, makes the ride much smoother w/a 1/2 ton truck and puts the weight on your front end to help w/steering control. Short trips I would use a sway bar controler with trailer load well balanced.
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