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Old 04-12-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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Do I even need WD bars now?

So I just upgraded my TV to a Ram 2500 6.4L/4.10 package which is MUCH heavier than the old 1500 4.7L/3.55 setup. I hooked up my trailer with no WD bars and the rear only dips barely 1.5 inches and the front rose just under 1/2 inch. The trailer is perfectly level. I have not towed with it yet just set it up in the driveway. Do I even need the weight bars if I am this close? I was at the same measurements with the 1500 after hours of adjustments and it towed great. It would sure make things easier if I did not have to mess with them. Thoughts?
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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Only thing I can think of is what about sway control? Im still kinda new at this....was the first thing that popped into my head.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
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I have two sway bars but have only needed one so I will still be using a sway bar.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:52 PM   #4
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Ok I have the equalizer WD....forgot about the other style. Brain fart....LOL
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So I just upgraded my TV to a Ram 2500 6.4L/4.10 package which is MUCH heavier than the old 1500 4.7L/3.55 setup. I hooked up my trailer with no WD bars and the rear only dips barely 1.5 inches and the front rose just under 1/2 inch. The trailer is perfectly level. I have not towed with it yet just set it up in the driveway. Do I even need the weight bars if I am this close? I was at the same measurements with the 1500 after hours of adjustments and it towed great. It would sure make things easier if I did not have to mess with them. Thoughts?
How much T/W do/Will you have? What does the hitch on the Truck say (500# or more use W/D)? Do you ever travel roads that have (Bumps/Dips/expansion joints)? Think about these Qs and you will come up with your answer! Youroo!!
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #6
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Youroo, good observation. I have the Class V 2 1/2" receiver and direct from Ram it states "The maximum tongue weight for Class V (receiver hitch) is limited to 1800lb." My gross trailer weight is about 5,800 lbs and my tongue weight is approx. 700 lbs so it appears that I am well under my hitch rating. Majority of driving is flat Florida interstate and other flat roads.

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do you plan on loading the bed when you tow? WD reduces porpoising where the front bounces over bumps. it also helps keep the front end alignment in specification. ive delivered rentals for many years. one ton duallys without WD generally. do you need WD? it will make a difference. in a big wind it will make a bigger difference. you'll have to decide if its worth the effort.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:25 PM   #8
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Just my $0.02 worth, if you have them why not use them ? I am new to this but my understanding is the wd distributes the weight evenly between the TT and the tow vehicle,and puts the weight where it is needed like away from the front of the tv. I would think it would tow better and also help eliminate sway. I would use them.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:21 PM   #9
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On my truck I have 950 lb. tongue capacity. I use Eaz-lift WDH. The head is rated for 1400 lb. tongue weight but the label states not to tow exceeding 600 lb. tongue weight without the bars.

This is also just my 2 cents.
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Look at it this way. Assuming your 2500 has the same wheelbase as the 1500, then dropping the tongue on the ball will add just as much weight to the rear axle, and remove just as much weight from the front axle. Why would you not want to transfer that lost weight back up to the front wheels, for optimum stability, steering, etc.

Your 2500 has a stronger suspension, so you don't see the effects like you did with the "soft" 1500. But leveling out your 1500 was the secondary benefit. Transferring weight was primary, and it still is primary for your 2500.

PS - You said your hitch is rated for 1800lbs, but that's the limit in WD mode. In order to consider eliminating the WDH, you need to know the TW limit in WC mode (weight-carrying).
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