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Old 03-01-2016, 07:16 PM   #21
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I am running a fastest E2 10000/1000 WDH on my vibe 6501. About 3400 lbs loaded and not sure on tongue weight. I started with a Kia Sedona minivans and now a Ram 1500 and I Have had no sway with either vehicle.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:33 PM   #22
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I have a 17 foot TT, a 14 foot utility trailer, and an 18 foot boat. They all weigh about the same and I do not use a WD on any of them. Funny how nobody worries about boats or utility trailers, but call it a travel trailer and the safety folks come out of the wood work. For every non-weight distribution hitch equipped wreck I van show you two that did have weight distribution installed. High winds can tip a tractor trailer over if you don't have enough sense to pull over.
As long as your load is below the tongue limit and GCW you are golden. A properly loaded TT will not sway. Using "anti-sway" to make a TT stop swaying is covering up something that is dangerously wrong. Address the problem, not the symptom.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:50 PM   #23
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I have a 17 foot TT, a 14 foot utility trailer, and an 18 foot boat. They all weigh about the same and I do not use a WD on any of them. Funny how nobody worries about boats or utility trailers, but call it a travel trailer and the safety folks come out of the wood work. For every non-weight distribution hitch equipped wreck I van show you two that did have weight distribution installed. High winds can tip a tractor trailer over if you don't have enough sense to pull over.
As long as your load is below the tongue limit and GCW you are golden. A properly loaded TT will not sway. Using "anti-sway" to make a TT stop swaying is covering up something that is dangerously wrong. Address the problem, not the symptom.
TT are not like boat trailer. These trailers are more balance that tt and tow a heck of a lot better. I have towed many a trailer and the tt are the worst for sway due to the bad distribution of weight and placement of axles. Normally a smaller tt may not need the wdh just depends on tv and tt hitch weight. Later RJD
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:15 PM   #24
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. . .I asked about the cost to include one and he said for a trailer that size I wouldn't need one. So that's why I was in the mind set I'd wait and see how it handled....


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Sounds like the only numbers he ran were the ones to get you to buy the trailer. Your F150 truck hitch should have a sticker on it that says max tongue weight is 500lbs without weight distribution, so yes you need one.


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Old 03-03-2016, 10:05 AM   #25
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Sounds like the only numbers he ran were the ones to get you to buy the trailer. Your F150 truck hitch should have a sticker on it that says max tongue weight is 500lbs without weight distribution, so yes you need one.
We didn't make him work too hard on the #s... a little talk on trade value from our popup and no financing since paying cash. Otherwise he talked me out of an easy sale on a WDH which made me rethink if I needed one (when a dealer doesn't want to sell it you must really not need it, huh!?).

I thought class iii was 600lb w/o WDH and my stock tongue weight of 400 + whatever I load on it might be ok w/in that limit, but that was going from memory (and I suffer from CRS). I'll take a look on the hitch tonight; 500 would be too marginal.

Though at this point I'm pretty sold (again) on a WDH, just waiting to confirm ball size. I'll probably go w/ the CURT, delivered for $379 @ Amazon...

thanks again, everyone, for the input..

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I have a 17 foot TT, a 14 foot utility trailer, and an 18 foot boat. They all weigh about the same and I do not use a WD on any of them. Funny how nobody worries about boats or utility trailers, but call it a travel trailer and the safety folks come out of the wood work. For every non-weight distribution hitch equipped wreck I van show you two that did have weight distribution installed. High winds can tip a tractor trailer over if you don't have enough sense to pull over.
As long as your load is below the tongue limit and GCW you are golden. A properly loaded TT will not sway. Using "anti-sway" to make a TT stop swaying is covering up something that is dangerously wrong. Address the problem, not the symptom.
We use sway control and WDH on cargo trailers at work. Boats are balanced totally different from a camper.

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Old 03-03-2016, 06:14 PM   #27
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wonder why the difference

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I would not assume the ball is 2 5/16". Mine is 2" on the 2109s
my 2109s [2015 rockwood] requires a 2 5/16 ball and that is what i tow with.
you might want to check.
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We use sway control and WDH on cargo trailers at work. Boats are balanced totally different from a camper.

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Of course some utility trailers have weight distribution hitches. But the vast majority are used without..
Boats may, as a general rule, have a lower center of gravity, but they most certainly are balanced the same. The ratio of tongue weight to weight supported by the axle(s) is the same for any towed object. The ratio is higher for units like 5th wheels because the moment of force is reduced as the load moves closer to the tow vehicle's axle.
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Of course some utility trailers have weight distribution hitches. But the vast majority are used without..
Boats may, as a general rule, have a lower center of gravity, but they most certainly are balanced the same. The ratio of tongue weight to weight supported by the axle(s) is the same for any towed object. The ratio is higher for units like 5th wheels because the moment of force is reduced as the load moves closer to the tow vehicle's axle.
A travel trailer is a very lightweight brick on wheels. I haven't seen many boats shaped like a TT. In other words, I would be more concerned with wind resistance and surface area . . .

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On my life weight TT I can feel the difference using a WH & anti sway vs. not.
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