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Old 03-12-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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Awaiting the delivery of a new Rockwood Mini-lite 23 foot with a dry weight of 4130 and cargo capacity of 1100. The tongue weight is almost 600 pounds. I will be towing with a GMC Sierra 2500hd diesel. Do I need a weight distribution hitch or anti sway device or both? New to this TT life and any guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:12 PM   #2
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I would think you will be fine without WD or sway control as long as you have a class IV hitch. I towed a 21 foot trailer that was 5,000 without a wd hitch with my ram 2500 and it did fine.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:32 PM   #3
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Some of it depends on your destinations. If you are going to be hauling longer distances, or haul in areas that receive higher cross winds, maybe bumpy gravel roads it could improve the quality and comfort of your ride.

I will be hauling an even smaller and lighter 2109S with the same truck and I will likely add the cheapest wd for the trailers weight range as we haul in the mountains, down longer bumpy forestry roads and have a lot of cross winds. I have hauled larger enclosed 4 place sled trailers with the same truck with and without WD hitches and it "felt" smoother with the wd.

Your truck is capable of hauling the trailer but you bought this nice trailer, why not invest the small amount in a basic wd hitch is the way I am looking at it.
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When I had my Roo 19, with my Silverado 1500, I pulled it to the storage place (about 5 miles) without the spring bars on my Equalizer. It was very obvious that the spring bars were not there.

Obviously even more important with my Mini Lite.

I think you should get the WDH.
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Thanks for the input. Will purchase a WDH with sway control, probably the Andersen 3380 unless someone out there thinks that is a bad idea. Cheers.
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This is one of the few situations where the Andersen is likely a good fit (using a tow vehicle nowhere near its limit). You probably won't "need" much weight transfer, but the little bit offered by the Andersen will be a benefit to you, and it's sway control is said to be very good.
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Awaiting the delivery of a new Rockwood Mini-lite 23 foot with a dry weight of 4130 and cargo capacity of 1100. The tongue weight is almost 600 pounds. I will be towing with a GMC Sierra 2500hd diesel. Do I need a weight distribution hitch or anti sway device or both? New to this TT life and any guidance would be appreciated.
Are you sure that is enough truck for that trailer? Can hardly wait for someone to pipe up and say you need a dually or a Freightliner to pull that!
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Will you "need a weight distributing hitch", No. You won't need one but if you use one you will know the difference by how much better the ride and handling would be. It's worth the little extra money.
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Awaiting the delivery of a new Rockwood Mini-lite 23 foot with a dry weight of 4130 and cargo capacity of 1100. The tongue weight is almost 600 pounds. I will be towing with a GMC Sierra 2500hd diesel. Do I need a weight distribution hitch or anti sway device or both? New to this TT life and any guidance would be appreciated.
As long as you Never drive where a Sudden Wind gust will happen or a Goofy driver cuts you off and you must do a Very fast Maneuver,you will be Fine! Youroo!!
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