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Old 04-11-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Do I need a WDH?

I have a 2008 Jeep Cherokee that I use to tow a Wolf Pup 16P. Do any of you know if it would be of any advantage to install a equilizer, load distribution hitch for safety. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hi Dale,
I moved your post to its own thread because I think its a good question and the other Equal-i-zer thread was a different question.

So, do you "need" one? My suggestion to you is to first check the Cherokee's hitch requirements. In other words - At what tongue weight does Jeep require a WDH? Let us know - its usually stamped or stickered onto your receiver.

Also, I am not familiar with the 16P. Do you know what the tongue weight is right now fully loaded?

That will cover the requirement if you need a WDH.

As for safety, I think they are a pretty good idea. Although I have towed lightweight popups before without a WDH, I eventually added a basic one with a single sway bar for safety even though it technically was not required.
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Hi there,
The tounge weight of the wolf Pup is 375 lbs. We did have the single axle changed out to a 5300 lb axle. Total weight of this trailer is approximately 3500 lbs dry.
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OK, now look at your manual, door placard and/or hitch receiver. What do these items say about your towing caps?

I ask because my family has had a couple of Jeeps. One JGC had a 3,500/350lb limit while another was 6,500/650lbs as I recall. It was dependent on engine size and the trailer tow group package for the vehicle.

Let us know.

Also, see what it says about weight limits for a "Weight Carrying" hitch and a "Weight Distribution" hitch.
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Hi there,
The tounge weight of the wolf Pup is 375 lbs. We did have the single axle changed out to a 5300 lb axle. Total weight of this trailer is approximately 3500 lbs dry.
dry weight is really not a very useful number, no one ever pulls a dry trailer once it has been delivered. you need to know you actual heading to the campground weight, and it could be a whole lot more.

After that you need to figure out what your tongue weight is, and if that exceeds your receiver rating for no WDH.

From a more practical standpoint, when you hitch up now, does your Jeep sqaut much? Does the steering feel lighter, less centered. Those are the obvious signs of needing a WDH. In other words, the signs that safety has been compromised.
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Ditto on reading your manual.
it will list a minimum number that will require using a WDH.

for a short wheelbase tv, towing even a short full-height TT, you should get a good WDH with built-in sway control, for peace of mind and your family's safety.
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I can't say if you do or don't. But, I personally would recommend it.
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A Cherokee is a passenger vehicle. Without seeing the specs, I would guess at best it's a Class 2 vehicle, extending to Class 3 with a HD towing package and a WDH. That means using a WDH when tongue weight exceeds 350 lbs.
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Not to hijack this thread but will I need a wdh for my wolfpack 28wp? Pulling with a f350 with a lift. Most my towing experiance has been enclosed trailers without.
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Not to hijack this thread but will I need a wdh for my wolfpack 28wp? Pulling with a f350 with a lift. Most my towing experiance has been enclosed trailers without.
I wouldn't think so, but I would definitely add friction type sway controls on both sides of the hitch.
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