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Old 08-21-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Weight Distribution Hitch for a 3800 lb. TT

I own an Apex 189FBS that has a dry weight of 3300 lbs.. I pull it with a Chevy Silverado 1500 V6 4.3L extended cab with tow control. Towing capacity is 4400 lbs. to 4700 lbs.. (depending on what chart you read...)

Do I really need a weight distribution hitch?

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:00 PM   #2
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I would. I ran WD and sway on a Popup with my 1500 5.3 just for the stability. Made the ride smoother. Maybe not needed (prob was not) but for the money it was good. Now I did not buy a $1000 setup. I had a Curt setup from Cabelas or something. Real cheap but worked well for the PUP and the mini-lite we had.

EDIT: Dry weight will prob NOT be what you are towing.. Plan on worse case, the max it should weight.


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Old 08-22-2015, 03:44 AM   #3
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your truck's owners manual should give a weight requiring a WDH.
my Avalanche's owners manual did.

and i would highly recommend one cause you're going to be near max once the trailer and truck are loaded.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:40 AM   #4
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Yes and Sway Control as well! Youroo!!
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:45 PM   #5
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We could tow our 5300 lb empty weight trailer on our F-250 SD with no problem but the WD and sway bar make is soooooo smooth that we would hate to tow without it now.

Hell when I had my first one 40 years ago I towed about an 1800 lb single axle TT and used a WD hitch. Made light work in to NO WORK
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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I use an E2 WDH with my vibe 6501 (2800 lbs empty) towed with a RAM 1500.

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Old 08-26-2015, 08:39 AM   #7
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You are probably at the line where a WDH would be "needed", or "required". Lots of trucks require them at 500 lbs TW or more. But using a WDH will definitely be an improvement to your ride quality, and stability, due to returning all lost weight to the front wheels.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:52 PM   #8
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Thanks gang!! Any recommendations on a WDH with sway control?
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:34 PM   #9
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I have an e2 works well. Trailer weight is about the same. Some body else will chime in also.

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Old 08-31-2015, 11:06 PM   #10
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I have a Husky WDH with a separate sway bar. Rated to 12000 lbs. My setup runs about $450 installed. Dry weight on our rig is 4350; with a full load of water, about 4750. Plus cargo, probably around 5500. That hitch makes running real smooth and steady!

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