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Old 06-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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weight distribution hitch

So i was just looking at eaz lift web site and want to make sure i get the right set up. Do i need a weight distribution hitch? What are the benefits from what I have read it is more for 1/2 tons are very heavy loads. After looking at these I am not sure I need one the trailer weight one there web site shows GVWR 7522 lbs and i will be pulling this with a 1991 chevy 3/4 ton. I was also look into the anti sway bar on eaz lift web site and it says NOT FOR USE ON TRAILERS WITH SURGE BRAKES. Not sure which way to go now I just want to make sure I will be towing as safely as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 2009 19bh grey wolf
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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you dont have surge brakes - surge brakes have the resivoir in the front and when you apply the brakes it applies the brakes by the trailer pushing the master cylinder - Most boat trailers have surge brakes

you have electric brakes and will need a Brake Controller but also need to verify your trailer has the 7 pin connector

I would use the weight distibution hitch - I am partial to Equalizer 4 way Hitches
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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Do i need a weight distribution hitch? Yes. The weight of the trailer results in a tongue weight that is 10-15% of the loaded trailer. If you loaded to the trailer's GVWR your TW would be around 900-1100lbs. With no WDH, the rear axle of the truck needs to support this weight. With a WDH, some is distributed to the truck's front axles and the trailer axles. This has two benefits: Reducing stress to the rear axle and the weight on the front is generally needed to improve handling.

I was also look into the anti sway bar on eaz lift web site and it says NOT FOR USE ON TRAILERS WITH SURGE BRAKES. As Sherdep said, you don't have surge brakes - yours are electric.

Sway bars are needed to help avoid a dangerous condition where the trailer can begin occilating uncontrollably causing a very unstable and dangerous condition often resulting in an accident. Practically speaking, sway bars also help to mitigate the "tail wagging the dog" feeling you will get without the bars when wind is blowing strong and when bigger trucks pass you. The bottom line is a more comfortable towing experience.

You just bought a nice trailer. It can be loaded very light or moderately heavy because of its big CCC. Not owning a WDH will limit how much you will want to load in the future (even with you 3/4-ton truck) so why wouldn't you want a WDH?

I also recommend the Equal-i-zer or another with sway control integrated into the hitch such as the Reese Dual Cam. There are others.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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It is not that I did not want one more of did I need one. Thank you for the replays
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:01 PM   #5
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I also recommend the Equal-i-zer or another with sway control integrated into the hitch such as the Reese Dual Cam. There are others.
I agree.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #6
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What is the hitch rating ?? That has not been mentioned so far in this thread. Even on 3/4 ton trucks, and especially in the early 90s range, the hitch might not rated for a 800 lb. tongue weight with a weight carrying capacity. Check the sticker on the hitch to see what the stats are.

I looked on archives.org and can't find a Grey Wolf 19bh, so I have no idea what the tongue weight might be.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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I looked on archives.org and can't find a Grey Wolf 19bh, so I have no idea what the tongue weight might be.
you're right, mtnguy, the 2009 Gray Wolf brochure doesn't list a 19BH.
it lists a 17BH, a 22BH, a 26BH, a 28BH and a 29BH in their TTs.
the only model with a 19 in it, is a 19RR.

must be the 17BH, it has a GVWR of 7522lbs.
has a "dry" hitch weight of 522lbs., so loaded, it'll be over 700lbs.
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Yes that was a miss type it is the 17bh. The hitch on the truck shows 10000 lbs on the sticker if I recall I will double check tomorrow.
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Yes that was a miss type it is the 17bh. The hitch on the truck shows 10000 lbs on the sticker if I recall I will double check tomorrow.
that has nothing to do with what the truck can carry, just what the receiver is rated for, no matter what it's bolted to.
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Yes that was a miss type it is the 17bh. The hitch on the truck shows 10000 lbs on the sticker if I recall I will double check tomorrow.
Slim, the 10,000 lbs. may be the weight distributing figure.

There should be 2 sets of figures. 1 set will be for weight carrying, and the 2nd set for weight distributing.

For instance on my 1/2 ton truck, I an have a 500 lb. tongue weight and 5000 lb. trailer when no WDH is used. Those figures go up to a 990 lb. tongue and 9900 lbs. trailer when I use a WDH.

I know my 1996 Blazer had a sticker on the hitch, so hopefully they labeled the hitches in 1991 also.
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