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Old 12-06-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Upgraded Trailer...Upgrade WDH???

I am upgrading my TT from a Wildwood 26TBSS with a gross TT weight of 7777. Hitch weight was about 900 lbs. Was towing with a 2005 F150 5.4 4X4. My new trailer Tops out at 10,900. I will be towing this with a 2005 Ford Excursion 6.0 turbo diesel. I was using a WDH setup very similar to this top picture. I asked the dealer to transfer this hitch setup from the Wildwood 26TBBSS to the new TT and he suggested adding the bottom setup and remove the friction sway control. They said the increased length (6 ft longer TT) would make the friction sway on the top pic unable to control the sway. Was the dealer making sense or just trying to sell me the new dual cam setup?
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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Don't know what length you have, but mine is 35.5'.
I use your picture #1, but use double sway bars...no problem !
I tight them to the maximum I can go by hand, the trailer pulls nice & straight.... take them off for backing up.
Double sway bars is recommended on trailers over 25'
You need 12000 pounds torsion bars though.
My opinion & experience...others may say the opposite, but it works just good for me.
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:32 PM   #3
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The biggest question relates to what was your previous wdh rated for? Not knowing what your likely loaded weight of the new tt will be (dry weight plus stuff placed in tt), I would say your new tt probably needs a wdh rated for at least 1400/14000 lbs. Also it is typically recommended to have integrated sway control over 26' and friction sway control for less than 26'. My old tt was 30' and 7300 lbs loaded, I used the reese dual cam. It worked very well for me. Only you can decide which system is best for you.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:11 PM   #4
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Ok, here is my old set up, top pic is the spring bars and the bottom picture is the hitch head. Looks like I have to upgrade the spring bars to 1200 lbs. Am I able to still use the hitch head with the new bars? Black, you use 2 friction bars, one on each side?
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I'm no expert...but by your pictures, it looks like your hitch head is ok, just need the bigger bars as yours are rated @10000 max.
And yes 1 sway bar on the right and another 1 on the left.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:42 PM   #6
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I'm no expert...but by your pictures, it looks like your hitch head is ok, just need the bigger bars as yours are rated @10000 max.
And yes 1 sway bar on the right and another 1 on the left.
Just what I was thinking. Thanks to all who replied!
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