Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-27-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1
WDH necessary??

I am going to pick up my new HW296 in several days and was wondering if I will have to install a WDH? My vehicle is a 2008 Nissan Frontier crew cab 2wd. The tongue weight on the HW296 is like 383 lbs.( to lazy to get up and look up exact). Total,weight of unit is about 3400 lbs( still lazy)dry. Truck is rated for 6000 lbs towing.

Rodguy43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
sammonilla's Avatar
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Woodinville WA
Posts: 92
Yes, You will want the WDH and the trailer will tow sooooo much better.

Scott Sammons
Woodinville Wa
2008 GMC 2500HD Duramax
2012 280BH Casscade
sammonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
MtnGuy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Virginia Blue Ridge Foothills
Posts: 9,272
Needed ?? Maybe. Check the sticker on the Frontier receiver hitch to see what the weight carrying vs. weight distributing stats are.

A good idea ?? Probably. Even though the dry tongue weight is around 383 lbs., loaded for camping that could be significantly more. That may make the back end of the Frontier squat, and the front end raise, with not very good driving characteristics.

I used a WDH with my Trailmanor and my F150 even though the tongue weight was onlyi 500 lbs.

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
2008 Surveyor 263
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
SKnight's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,519
Necessary, no. Will you be much happier towing, absolutely. It's about more than helping your truck carry the load, which yours doesn't exactly need. But it will level it out, it will control bouncing and just make it more stable overall.
Now-2014 Sierra 346RETS 5er BUB
Then-2002 Keystone Springdale 286RLDS TT

Nights camped in 2014-28, 2015-127, 2016-10
SKnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
Senior Member
thebrakeman's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Canton, Michigan
Posts: 887
3400 dry will be around 4400 loaded.
4400 * 12% = ~525lb TW ( you probably have a 600 lb limit)
Check your owner's manual to be sure, but I believe a WDH is required for this application.
thebrakeman ('70), DW ('71), DD ('99), DD ('01), DD ('05)
2004 Surveyor SV261T (UltraLite Bunkhouse Hybrid)
2006 Mercury Mountaineer V8 AWD Premier
Equal-i-zer WDH (10k), Prodigy Brake Controller
thebrakeman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:30 AM.