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Old 04-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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2010 Ram 1500 WDH Question

Hello everyone, new guy here. We're in the final stages of buying a 2013 Mini Lite 2109S which has a dry hitch weight of 369lbs and a GVWR 4769lbs (unloaded weight of 3624lbs). My question is, will I need a WDH for this camper? I don't want to take an RV dealers word on this because we all know they like to sell more than you really need. Does anyone have a similar tow combo?

My truck is a 2010 Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the Hemi. Dodge shows it's rated to tow 9900lbs with the 3.92 gears which it does have. So I'm nowhere near max capacity, which is how I wanted it.

If I do need a hitch, which would you all recommend and what weight would I need? I see there are 600lbs WDH's but that is still more than what I think my tongue weight ever would be.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Yes get a wdh, 600lb will be fine, I went with 1200lb and its too much resistance, not enough tongue weight. Make sure to get anti sway bars too
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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hello and congrats. When I upgraded from a 27' TT using a reese anti sway I loved the system . I now have a 2500 TV pulling a 34' TT 7200 lbs. upgraded to a reese dc system and its a world of difference. No problems with wind even from passing trucks. This hitch makes the TV and TT one unit. Much easier to maintain on the road. Safety was the reason for the hitch upgrade. Did not pay for it cause the Dick Gore was a nice guy. My vote is use a stablizer hitch
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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I have 2011 Dodge Ram with new Salem Cruise Lite 221RBXL. Your weight figures are close to mine and I am using a Blue Ox 750 which is also has an anti- sway capabilities. It works GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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Had a Ram 1500 Crew Cab with the Hemi. Pulled a 7k max trailer. You will want a WDH. I have an "Equalizer" system and wouldn't be without for that same reasons as stated above. Can't put a price on safety. Now have a Ram 2500 w/diesel and still use my "Equalizer" WDH. Don't expect much on fuel mileage.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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your owner's manual should state a minimum tongue or trailer weight, where a WDH is required for your truck.

my advice is yes, get one and one with built-in sway control, such as the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the replies, it's much appreciated. So I'd be looking at a 600/6000 WDH for my application I'd say? So far I'm liking the Equalizer WDH.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:33 AM   #8
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The Equil-i-zer and Dual-Cam systems are usually stated as the best bang-for-the-buck. Others may perform a bit better, but will cost much, much more.

Sounds like you have made a good decision, and I agree (for what that's worth).
Regarding which TW range to get, consider:
Based on your 4769 GVWR, and the typical "add 1000 to dry weight" (which would be 4624), you could easily get to 4700 loaded. TW recommendation is always 10-15%. Depending on where the storage is on this trailer (plus the battery and LP tanks way up front), 15% would be 705 lbs! If you were to try sticking to that 600 lbs WDH TW limit, that's 12.8%. You may have a hard time holding to 600 lbs TW.

I highly recommend you go with the 10k/1000TW Equil-i-zer, which is what I did. I was in the same boat as you, as my 27' Ultralite hybrid is about 3800 lbs empty, and less than 5000 lbs loaded (embarrassed to say I have not had it weighed yet). On the advise of many on other sites, I went with the larger unit.

There is no downside:
-Equil-i-zer confirmed that the unit will function down to as low as 250 lbs TW.
-If you (I) get a larger trailer someday, we likely will not have to ge a new WDH.

There is a chance that the stiffer bars could give you more harsh ride. But that's only if you end up at a low percentage of capacity. You will certainly have at least 500 lbs on the tongue, and I would bet you will have more than 600. Better to have some excess capacity than to find out you are limited, and have to store things where you rather wouldn't.

I can tell you that my rig tows very smooth with the 10k Equil-i-zer. And that's with a fairly short wheelbase Mountaineer SUV. Your pickup would be all the better.
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PS - If Equil-i-zer made an 800 lb unit, I would have bought it. But they only make 400, 600, 1000, 1200, and 1400. Why they skipped over the 800? I guess it's their opinion that anybody that would buy the 800 would be just as happy with the 1000.
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Reese does make 800 lb. spring bars. A 600 lb. equalizer should be good for that trailer.
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