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Old 02-14-2016, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We are buying a new travel trailer and I want to make sure I am readying the Trailering Guide correctly. My tow vehicle is in my signature. The travel trailer will have a GVWR of 7500 lb, dry wt of 4500 lb and a dry tongue wt of 475 lb.

Section 4 of the Trailering Guide calls that Extra Heavy-Duty and calls for a Weight-distributing hitch except note 2 says not required for 2500HD or 3500HD. Am I wise to not use a Weight-distributing hitch and do I need any anti-sway device?

I have towed a 5th wheel for 8 years but never anything on my ball hitch.

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Old 02-14-2016, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I tow a Heartland North Trail 30' travel trailer. Dual rear wheels are less suscetable to sway than SRW. I still use a weight dist hitch. No sway at all when on the interstate. I'm currently using a E2 anti sway, but used to use a reese dual cam. The Reese dual cam is a better set up, but not by much and the E2 is far easier to hook/unhook.

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about 750 lb tongue weight should be no problem for your ball hitch [assuming the various hitch components are rated for it].
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It will be a lot more comfortable with the weight distribution hitch than without . It will stop a lot of the bucking . befor my lbz i had ford dully when i bought my 20 foot toy box i
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When i towed toy box home i didn't have distribution set up and was in shock at how rough it was . A guy at rv store recommended a distribution hitch with a set of light duty bars 600 pounds instead of the standard 1000 pounders this calmed the ride down a lot
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you can always try it without the wd hitch, and if is to much porpoising or sway, add the
wd components later.
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Ken, I don't see the "need" for a WD hitch in your case unless you will be travelling cross country, then it may help. Sway bars are almost a necessity with some of the winds experienced going cross country though.
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Totally agree with Tired Farmer. Sway control should be added for cross wind protection. I've seen road warning signs of semi's on there sides in places out west, but high winds can happen anywhere.
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I have a 2013 2500 and I towed a 28' TT that had a GVWR of 8k. I never used a WD hitch and never had a problem. The factory trailer break and sway control worked for me. Longest trip I had was from Sacramento to Grand Canyon and back. Hit a lot of heavy cross winds in NV and didn't have a problem. I say try without and then if you don't feel comfortable then make the switch. Set your exhaust break, tow/haul, and use the cruise control. All 3 work excellent together. Enjoy your new truck and trailer.
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Thanks to everyone, those were the type of comments I wanted to hear.

We will be doing a lot of cross country and maybe some "less than good road" travel. One planned trip is from St Louis to some of the National Parks out west so winds are most likely a factor.

I will give it a go without, but will also be looking for a good WD/Anti-sway hitch just in case.

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