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Old 04-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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Need Hitch and WD advice

Greetings.

I want to give you a run down and get advice from all of you and make some decision from there.

I have a 2011 Nissan Titan, Big Tow Package and am towing our loved Rockwood Roo 17

Tongue Weight is Just at 400/410 lbs with gas bottles full. We do not store water in our tanks on the road


I will for certain get a Sway control and that is where I am trying to decide where I should go from there.


When I hooked up the trailer and loaded everything but me, including wife and kids, I was at 1 1/2 inch sag in the rear with only 5/8 inch raise in the front.
When speaking with Nissan, they do not recommend and tried to steer me away from WD until I am over 500 lbs on the tongue.

I was going to purchase the plate that attaches to my two inch drop for the sway control ball and get the Curt Friction Sway Control.


But before I make that purchase, with the above information given, should I proceed and just get the WD/Sway Combo?

We towed the camper for 300 miles and did not have any ride issues or a feeling of looseness in the front end.... did get sway when a semi came by us.

I know what a light front end feels like, because I also tow at work a 32 foot cargo trailer full loaded with an F250 and I get a clear understanding of not having feel in the front end.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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Tongue Weight is Just at 400/410 lbs with gas bottles full. We do not store water in our tanks on the road


When I hooked up the trailer and loaded everything but me, including wife and kids, I was at 1 1/2 inch sag in the rear with only 5/8 inch raise in the front.

When speaking with Nissan, they do not recommend and tried to steer me away from WD until I am over 500 lbs on the tongue.
If it were me, I would still go on a get a WDH with integrated sway control. If Nissan says it is OK to run a WDH with anything above 500 lbs., surely it is OK to run with less than 500 lbs. Getting some weight off of the rear axle and putting some weight back on the front axle will probably make your truck handle much better.

600 lb. bars should be a good match for a 400 lb. tongue weight. Has that been actually weighed, or is that speculative ??
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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Actually been weighed....

I do not mind spending the coin.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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21SS towed by F150 with an E2 and I wouldn't be without some type of WDH. It really makes a difference. My trailer is significantly heavier but it would still be beneficial for you. I have mentioned to the wife about a Hensley or 3P. Just lots of $ for how much more benefit? I don't know? Do we need something like that on our small trailers? Again, wish someone had that experience and could tell us. Big trucks coming along side is not an issue for me with my setup. Great stability.
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My two cents. Get the WD hitch.

YOU control how much WD you get by adjusting the torsion bars.

You can just torque it enough to level your rig and get rid of that "nose light" feeling.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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For the last 5 years we towed our 1995 Coleman Royale with our 99 Blazer. Due to the limited space in the PUP, we had to load much of the gear in the back of the truck. This caused a large sag in the back. Usually sitting on or near the suspension snubbers.

Now with our Apex 151RBX and our new Blue Ox Sway Pro WDH, the truck is level and feels very stable as shown below.


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