Originally Posted by Brewhedd
Having just bought a Rockwood 2702 ss (28' trailer, 33' LOA, 5500 lbs) that I pull with a 1500 Silverado I can tell you yes, you need a weight distribution/anti sway hitch. I went with Airlift air bags initially which are great for firming up the suspension but do nothing for sway. The one little friction anti sway bar provided by the dealer helps but is not the solution. I am looking at the Equalizer hitch for sway control, it doesn't appear to me it would be that helpful at weight distribution but I could be wrong. Do some research, great info on this forum.
Although I have a smaller and lighter trailer (A122, 17ft, 2800 lbs as towed), I am towing with a soft suspension minivan equipped with an Equalizer 600/6000. Test drive before installation of the Equalizer gave a very uncomfortable porpoising of both minivan and camper. Dealer installed Equalizer and ride and handling of the minivan was restored very, very close to normal. I was very happy.
I was even happier this past weekend. Traveled from home in Colorado Springs to Lincoln, Nebraska (540 miles each way) for weekend with son. Even in 30 MPH cross-winds and blowing snow along I-80, the rig was solid enough for wife to drive comfortably and safely at 65 MPH (she has never driven while towing before). Gas mileage took a dive because of the wind and cold, but stability in the cross-winds was far better than the trucks or high-profile cars we passed.
Takes less than 5 minutes extra to hook up/unhook. Put the tongue on hitch, crank tongue up, insert bars and place on L-brackets. Retract tongue jack. Done, now hook up safety chains, electric, and break-away. Remove and stow chocks. Ready to go.
There is an audible groan during low speed turns as the bars slip in the L-brackets. I don't mind, tells me everything is working.
WDH/anti-sway - don't tow without it (at least for the vehicles I own).
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan)