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Old 03-17-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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Short towing without the distrubtion hitch

OK, got a question for those who been pulling their TT for a while.
What is max distance you would pull without a WDH?

I am not lucky enough to keep my TT at home.
It sits in a storage park about 3 miles from the house.
I have always hooked up the WDH every time I bring it home to get setup for a trip.

I got to thinking if I really need to spend the time to do that if I am only pulling it 3 miles with the 1.5 miles are only 25 MPH (residential). The other 1.5 miles is only 40 MPH.

My setup in in my signature.

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Old 03-17-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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I did tow my 35.5' light weigth trailer with no WDH or sway control for 6 miles. I took it easy and was careful. I did not exceed 35 mph. For short distances and at low speeds, I guess it can be done if one is careful.

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Old 03-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #3
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I would be concerned with the tounge weight overloading the receiver, you could theoretically damage your hitch. I tow our 30 ft TT from storage, about 2-3 miles away and I use the WDH everytime. Better safe than sorry and my Equalizer only takes about 5 minutes to hook up.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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i had a 7k 32' TT and never used the WDH going back and forth between storage and my house. Just me but to much time for a 5 minute drive.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:18 PM   #5
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Those 2 minutes to hook your WDH you will never get back. On the other hand, most accidents happen within 5 minutes from home.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:04 PM   #6
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When we had our TT I would tow between the storage lot and the house without the WDH and no problems. Did this for about 3 years and haven't noticed any problems with the hitch on the truck as I usually always check it over a couple times a season. We now have the 5th wheel and hitching up and unhitching is a whole lot easier!

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Old 03-19-2011, 10:16 PM   #7
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Do you leave the Equalizer attached to the trailer?

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