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Old 07-10-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Did I just get lucky?

I have a 2000 F350 drw, I bought one of those billet forged adjustable hitches to pick up my new 2014 UL275SBS. I have no WDH or anti sway set ups. First tow was fully loaded including the wheeler and genny in the garage but full water tank. The trip started in decent swirling wind so I had some sway. Just before the second tow I put new tires on the front and only full coolers in additional weight in the back. But it pulled like a dream, 65-70 mph one handed, I was pleasantly surprised. Anyways to the point of my post, I had to take the TH to a dealer (not where I bought it) and the service writer was practically aghast that I had no WDH or sway control and said that when they are this big it's practically mandatory and the selling dealer was negligent by letting me tow it away this way. As a first timer am I missing something?
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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You need a wdh and sway control. Period.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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When Is Weight Distribution Needed?

You would likely benefit from a weight-distribution system if:


Your trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50 percent of your vehicle's weight (GVWR)
The rear of your tow vehicle sags when the trailer is hooked up
You experience trailer sway
Your tow vehicle headlights point upward
You find it difficult to steer or stop your rig
You want to tow to the highest capacity allowed by your vehicle's trailer hitch setup
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #4
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Yep, you've been lucky.

Just remember, while you've gotten away without one so far all it takes is that one time you did need it for things to go horribly wrong.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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Very lucky indeed.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:15 PM   #6
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Ps in some states it may be illegal to NOT have a wdh or sway control.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:17 PM   #7
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That trailer has a listed tongue weight of 1305 lbs. !! I am not sure that even an F350 has a hitch rated to support that weight without using a WDH.

The plus side is that when you load up your toys, the tongue weight should come down a bit.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:29 PM   #8
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Did I just get lucky?

I reckon the piece of mind is worth the expense but oddly enough it towed better with hardly any weight in the garage. Oh I forgot to mention I also have air bags, so that eliminates potential sag.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:14 PM   #9
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I hear all this about you must have this and you must have that. I think one it depends on the truck doing the towing, the trailer being towed, and the experience of the driver. The biggest limiting factor other than experience is tonque weight for weight distribution. But sway controls, I don't think its always needed
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:42 PM   #10
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I see the professional delivery drivers towing with no WDH or even a battery through Ontario from the RV Capital of America doing deliveries. Even dry some of the TT and TH and pretty heavy. Makes me wonder sometimes how the trailers actually make it in one piece. When the local delivery guy moved my park model he installed a full hitch for 38 ft 10,000 trailer.
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