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Old 11-11-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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Is bigger better (wdh)?

A good weight distribution hitch is in my near future. My TT weight is under 10000 lbs, but I see a lot of ppl with similar trailers get 12000 lbs hitches. Some claim that the ride is compromised when doing this. I would like to hear from ppl who have had both to see if it makes any noticeable difference.

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Old 11-13-2014, 02:54 PM   #2
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I just upgraded to a straight line duel cam. I was going to buy 1200# bars but the guy's at etrailer suggested 1500# bars. My trailer has a 950# tongue weight add the hitch gear and it goes to 1050#. That's getting real close to the 1200# mark. They said that it was a good idea to use a hitch at the mid point in the hitch range. In my case my bars are rated at 800# to 1500#. That puts me close to mid point with little chance of overloading the bars. I haven't installed and used the hitch yet and can't say as to ride. It would seem that as long as the hitch is correctly set up the ride should be fine. There are others that know more about this than me but that is what I was told. Good luck.

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Old 11-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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Bigger is NOT better. It can be too stiff for your trailer or vehicle. You could damage either. And it might not flex enough if you have any kind of "ramp" say entering or leaving a gas station.

What you do want to do is match the bars to your expected tongue weight with a bit of capacity left over.

I made the mistake of bigger is better; bought 1,200 bars for a 600 tongue weight. WAY too stiff.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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I’m going out on a limb here and saying that it can depend on the tow vehicle. My dealer threw in an Equilizer 4 point WDH hitch, spec’d at 1000,10000 as part of the deal for the trailer in my signature. That said, my max tongue weight is roughly 950ish (according to the sticker, not the scales), and while it’s still under, it is close and if I had say a F150 as opposed to a F250, I would have wanted heavier bars due to the smaller truck. My F250 handles the load just fine without the WDH with a little help form my airbags, but I’m more than happy to use it for safety sake and I do think it helps a lot with sway. Just a theory...
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