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Old 06-08-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Hi all. This is my first post. I am picking up my Roo 17 on Wednesday. I have a 2014 Silverado that will be towing it. I have a list of questions that Google couldn't answer. I also did a search here and could not find these answers.

#1- what size ball does the 17 require?
#2- what height should I set my ball up on my truck to be level. I think it is odd that I could not find this info on the Rockwood site.
#3- I am well within all of my tow ratings for my truck (not even half of max on weight and tongue). I am thinking about not getting a WDH. I have read it will be more enjoyable to tow with a WDH, but I really don't see the need given my weights. Thoughts?

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Old 06-08-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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The typical ball is 2-5/16.
The ball height is different for each trailer and can vary depending on how you have it packed.
Check the manual for your truck to see what they recommend for when to use WDH.

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Old 06-08-2014, 04:22 PM   #3
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Hi all. This is my first post. I am picking up my Roo 17 on Wednesday. I have a 2014 Silverado that will be towing it. I have a list of questions that Google couldn't answer. I also did a search here and could not find these answers.

#1- what size ball does the 17 require?
I am not sure about this but I will guess 2 inch or 2-5/16.

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#2- what height should I set my ball up on my truck to be level. I think it is odd that I could not find this info on the Rockwood site.
Odd?
I think not because they have no idea what kind of rig you drive or the size tires on it.

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#3- I am well within all of my tow ratings for my truck (not even half of max on weight and tongue). I am thinking about not getting a WDH. I have read it will be more enjoyable to tow with a WDH, but I really don't see the need given my weights. Thoughts?

Geoff
I think after the first few semis that pass you will convince you to buy the hitch.
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I think after the first few semis that pass you will convince you to buy the hitch.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:56 PM   #5
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For item #3: that trailer will weigh around 4k lbs by the time you hit the road. That is a tongue weight of 500 to 600 lbs. I will bet that your Silverado hitch is limited to 500 lbs without a WDH. Get the WDH.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks. I figured 2 or 2 5/16. I have the 2 not the 2 5/16th. If I need the 2 5/16 I would like to buy before going to pick it up. On #2 I am looking for the height of the tongue of the trailer when the trailer is level. The combination of 1 and 2 will allow me to buy the right ball and hitch insert. On #3, how does a WDH effect the tow when I am passed by a semi? I thought that was the job of a sway control arm?
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It will transfer weight to the front axle giving you more control and reduce back heavy sway.
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There really is no way to know the drop for your hitch till you get there and try it out with YOUR truck.

But I would also agree with everyone else that you should probably get a WDH.
If you do decide to get one, your dealer should be willing to set it up/help you set it up the day you pick it up.
Takes about an hour to do it right.
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I just looked, standard hitch I can go to 800 pounds and weight distributing I can go to 1200.
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why don't you just call the dealer to go out and look at the A-frame of your Roo?
it'll have the ball size stamped on it.

i'm thinking it's a 2" ball but that may have changed in the past years.
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