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Old 08-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Weight distributing hitch or not ?

Hi All!

I was wondering if I need to use a WD hitch or not . I tow with a 2012 Silverado LT 1500 4X4 with a 5.3 engine, it also has the hd towing package.

I tow a 2012 Coachmen Freedom Express LTZ 191 RB.

I do have a Eaz lift with 600 lb. bars and a sway control, please take a look at the Specifications and tell me what you think.


SPECIFICATIONS

Hitch Weight 364 lbs.

Base Weight 3,390 lbs.

GVWR 5,700 lbs.

Cargo Carrying Capacity 2,310 lbs.

Exterior Length 22' 3"

Exterior Height 10' 3"

Exterior Width 96"



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Old 08-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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I would use the WDH, if for nothing else but the sway control. It would also help the ride of the truck.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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I would use it. I betcha that tongue weight is actually over 500 lbs., or at least should be if you are near the GVWR.

If you already have the WDH with sway control, why not use ??
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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We had a 2001 Kodiak K215 that was almost the same exact specs as your camper, we had it for almost 3 years. I towed it with my 04 F150 FX4 5.4L. I never used a WD hitch and it towed great! With that being said, if you already have a WD hitch you might as well use it....
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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I would use it.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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your owner's manual will give a trailer weight or tongue weight amount, that will require using a WDH.
my '07 Avalanche's manual did.
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Once you figure in your Gross weight fully loaded, it wouldn't hurt to put the hitch on. I don't know about your Chevy, but my Classic model squats with 300 lbs. in the back of it. I'm considering even putting Firestone Air Bags. But then again, our trailer is over 30 feet long. If you have it, use it. Definitely won'y hurt. Happy Trails man!
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I would use it. I betcha that tongue weight is actually over 500 lbs., or at least should be if you are near the GVWR.

If you already have the WDH with sway control, why not use ??
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Tow your rig with and without WDH and then decide. I think you will find that using it is the way to go. While my set up is different than yours, if I'm towing a long distance I use it. The difference is noticeable, especially the sway control. That being said, most of my pulls are to the coast which is only 30 minutes away. When I tow that short a distance I use this solid drawbar and leave the WDH at home.
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Use it.
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