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Old 03-23-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Towing Question for clipper 17bh

I just bought a Clipper 17bh. Which is 3600 lbs loaded. I am towing with a 2011 GMAC Acadia. It has a 5000 lb towing capacity. Do I need a sway bar stabilizer with weight distribution. If I do what are the recommend models to buy? Thanks

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Old 03-23-2015, 05:50 PM   #2
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We have the Eaz-Lift 1000/10000 WDH and a Prodigy P2 brake controller on our Traverse and trailer which is about the same weight as yours.
We have not had a problem with sway. I would say only spend the extra money to get the sway control if you experience sway using the WDH.
There are lots of choices out there. This set up was fairly inexpensive and has served us well so far.

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Old 03-23-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info going to look into it!
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:45 AM   #4
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Check your owner's manual regarding the weight(s) at which you should use a WDH. AT 3600 lbs loaded, you need at least 360 lbs (10%) as tongue weight, and will probably have 400 or more.

My recommendation:
a. If your manual says you need WDH, then get something that has built-in sway control. The Equal-I-zer 6000/600 would be perfect for this application.
b. If you don't need WDH, then try the rig without sway control either. With proper loading (more TW is better, but not more htan 15%), you could be fine. But every rig is different.
c. If you don't need WDH, but you find the trailer pulling you back and forth on the highway, double-check loading, and all 6 (8?) tire-pressures. if all is good, and still have sway, get a friction sway controller. Any hitch shop can set you up. Should not cost you more than $200 parts & labor, or about $75 if you install yourself.
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