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Old 05-25-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Is this WD system overkill?

I just purchased a R-Pod 179, scheduled to pick it up tomorrow. My towing vehicle is a 1998 Toyota T100. The dealership says their insurance won't let me tow it away without a weight distribution hitch. And they say the only system that will work for this towing vehicle and trailer is the Blue Ox Sway Pro. The cost for this is $1000 installed. I don't have a basis for evaluating this, but it seems a hefty price for a light trailer with 285-pound hitch weight. Is the dealership giving me the straight story here?
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:28 PM   #2
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Dealership is probably full of it. And, yes, that's overkill. You can put a lighter duty unit in yourself for less than half of that.
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The dealership is trying to get you to buy their product. I personally don't think you'll need a WDH. And if you do, it can be any unit you wish to use.


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Old 05-25-2016, 02:36 PM   #4
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I just looked it up. The minimum tow rating on that truck is greater than the GVWR of that trailer by a decent margin. You MAY be around 450 lbs TW loaded up. I'd probably put WD on it depending on how it rode, but it's probably not necessary, strictly speaking. If it were me, I'd just tell them I've got one and sign the papers. Once it's yours, they really can't stop you from taking it.
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Get a buddy with a big diesel truck to pick the thing up for you (A large PU truck would need no WD hitch) and hitch it up how you want when you get home. And/or pull the numbers all out and tell them it is illegal to sell things to people they don't need. I would be pulling out of this deal.
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The Blue Ox System Sway Pro can be purchased for $599 online so they are charging you an additional $401 for setup and taxes if any from the looks of it.
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The Blue Ox Swaypro is a very good weight distributing hitch so no quibbles with their suggestion to buy one. These hitches are both weight distributing and sway controlling so you won't need a separate sway control, which may well be the bigger issues with your rig. One nice thing about that hitch is you can change just the bars in the future if you upgrade to a larger camper. For your setup, I'd get lighter bars. They come in 350 lb or 550 lb which is referring to the maximum tongue weight. I think I'd go with the 550. They will certainly return all weight back to the front axle, that is removed by the tongue weight being applied behind the truck axle, which is the desired result. You will find that the truck both rides and handles better with weight distribution so it is worth having. As has been noted, Blue Ox hitches are available from several online retailers, including Amazon, for less than $600 so your dealer is ripping you off. Installation is very straight forward. You should be able to do it yourself in 30 minutes. There are very good Youtube videos on installation.
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Just had a thought about the R-pod. Arent these marketed towards more of an off-road / rough road trailer, and would the WDH limit articulation of the hitch when driving on some forest service roads? Do folks detach the load bars once they get off the highway?
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Just had a thought about the R-pod. Arent these marketed towards more of an off-road / rough road trailer, and would the WDH limit articulation of the hitch when driving on some forest service roads? Do folks detach the load bars once they get off the highway?

I haven't seen one I'd take off road yet. I think they're more marketed to smaller tow vehicles. Low, streamlined, and lightweight.
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Dealer is ripping you off.
You can get a 4pt Equal-i-zer WDH for around $450 with free shipping, from RVW.
The E2 is even cheaper and would be fine for your Rpod.
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