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Old 05-29-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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When is it critical to use a stabilizer hitch ?

Same question ? My trailers 24'10" long.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:51 AM   #2
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Same question ? My trailers 24'10" long.

Just a few come to mine.
High cross winds... 15 mph and higher
Going down steep grades and have to slow down rapidly
Speed exceeding 65mph
When a semi passes you doing 10 mph faster than you.
When your tow vehicle is lighter than your trailer.
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This could be one of those things that you don't consider to be critical until you find yourself in a sudden wind gust or on the interstate with some trucker friends. I'm sure some of the longer trailers would tow fine on the straight and level and great weather conditions as long as they had significant hitch weight. But it is the conditions that are not perfect that warrant the peace of mind and also the overall utility that a WD hitch with sway control can offer.

Plus, you can load more hitch weight on a vehicle that is properly configured with a WDH setup. For mine, it is 600 lbs hitch weight without WDH and with WDH it is 890 lbs.

Unless you are just talking about sway control, as you can get WDH without sway control, but I don't know why anyone would.

What are you towing with and what hitch setup do you currently have? PS: I'm no expert here, but I believe I have the fundamentals down thanks to everyone here at FRF.
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:55 AM   #5
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I'm towing a 235bh. 24'10"
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:07 AM   #6
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Oh that's right, I did see your post before about buying a 2011 Sierra because your other tow vehicle wasn't sufficient. Now I remember... Nice ride!

What hitch do you have on there now? Does it have any sway control? I'm not sure if your new vehicle has sway control built in like my Expedition does...but I don't put much faith in it. It corrects sway once it gets to the tow vehicle by applying the disc brakes where it needs it. With a good hitch setup w/sway control you will probably never need a vehicle electronic sway control anyway. The manufacturers market it...and I can't quite call it a gimmick, as it might help in an emergency situation...but other than that I just don't see it working much in the day to day normal operation.
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Yes I have sway control.
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Critical when needed - so just always use it, never "critical" that way. Safer towing and better control. All pluses.
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Same question ? My trailers 24'10" long.
Bottom line, any time you hook up to anything larger than a utility trailer.
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