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Old 05-29-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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Bro Les, keep in mind that he has a 3/4T and a relatively light trailer and probably only needs sway control as the truck will more than handle the tongue wt without assistance of a wdh.
With a tongue weight of over 600 lbs. (ready to camp), a WDH will improve the handling of any truck, whether it be a 1/2, 3/4, or even a 1 ton truck, and may even be required depending on receiver hitch stats.

Once the WdH is dialed in correctly, then improvements will be seen.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:41 PM   #12
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I have the Blue Ox WDH. I drive a Silverado 1500 so it is smaller than the OP truck but I had the bucking the first time I took the camper out. I'm towing a 30' Avenger ATI. I was told at the TT dealer that the Blue Ox is designed to stop the sway before it starts. The tension is critical. Not only does it distribute the weight it is also intended to tie the 2 units together more as 1 unit. I still have a little sway due to my P rated tires. The first trip out loaded I had some bucking so I tightened up the tension on my trunion bars. This helped greatly. This past weekend I experienced a little more bucking. I had moved some thing around in the front and rear storage compartments and also inflated my tires to the max pressure. On the way home added more tension to the bars and now I think everything is dialed in. I think taking tension off of the bars would cause more bucking on any vehicle as you are placing more weight on the rear shocks which, in my opinion, are meant to dampen the bounce not prevent it.

All in all I am happy with the hitch. The ball height and bar tension are the only adjustments to worry about. It is easy to hook up & very little maintenance. It's relatively clean also. I have the 1000 lb bars for mine. If I need to go up to the 1500 lb hitch all I need to buy are new bars not a whole new WDH. I don't know if others are that way. Oh, while others are driving by with other WDH's I hear a lot of cracking and creacking. The Blue Ox has very, very little noise.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:46 PM   #13
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Thank-you for your post mlong. You have been there and done that with this type of hitch.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:50 PM   #14
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Thank you everyone for the thoughts. We are taking it out this weekend so I guess we will just play around with the tightness.

Mlong I see what you are saying about adjusting according to the load also. How much bend is in your bars when you hook it up?
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:52 PM   #15
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Thank-you for your post mlong. You have been there and done that with this type of hitch.
I'm new to it. This is my first WDH but, a friend of mine has a Reese. I've seen him struggle getting tension on the bars. I've heard the sounds that it makes. It would scare the crap out of me every time for a while if I had to deal with that noise.

One tip/trick the dealer showed me (a few of the TT dealer techs were at a Blue Ox seminar shortly before we got ours). They had me back the truck up and drop the coupler down on the ball enough to lock the coupler in place. Then crack the tongue back up to reduce the amount of force you need to apply to the bars will getting the chains hooked up. Once everything is hooked up lower the tongue all the way. Use the reverse process to unhook. Works great!
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:00 PM   #16
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Thank you everyone for the thoughts. We are taking it out this weekend so I guess we will just play around with the tightness.

Mlong I see what you are saying about adjusting according to the load also. How much bend is in your bars when you hook it up?
I'm not sure. I'll be taking it out again next weekend so I'll try to remember to take a snapshot of it. When I brought the TT home from the dealer they had it set so there were 6 free links on the slack side of the chain. My second trip I added a link to the to have 7 hanging free. This last trip I had a free links. I wish I had a better answer for you but I did not pay attention to how much bend there was. I guess it would also depend on the capacity of the bars you are using. I know the Blue Ox comes in 350lb, 550lb, 750lb, 1000lb, 1500lb, 2000lb Bars. So I think the 1000 lb bars would bend more than the 2000 lb bars. I could have probably gotten away with 750 lb bars but, this is what my dealer recommended for the camper.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:00 PM   #17
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if Blue Ox is anything like Equal-i-zer, they'll have a great customer support line that might help you more than posting here.
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With a tongue weight of over 600 lbs. (ready to camp), a WDH will improve the handling of any truck, whether it be a 1/2, 3/4, or even a 1 ton truck, and may even be required depending on receiver hitch stats.

Once the WdH is dialed in correctly, then improvements will be seen.
The OP said they have a F-250. the newest ones have the most capacity vs something like my old MY2001.

Ford Towing guide.
http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...TTgde_Sep9.pdf

If it's a gasser, then a F-250 has a max tongue weight of 600lbs withour a WDH and 1250 with
if a Diesel, then 850lbs without WDH and 1400 with (and back down to 1250 if they use a 2.5" top 2" receiver adapter).

for a short distance (like from storage to the house a few miles), I may not put the bars on, but I can notice the truck will porpoise. with the bars snapped up, it smoothed it out. mine has a tongue weight of 805lbs.

Same as MtnGuy, I would not recommend towing without a WDH with a 3/4 ton or 1ton
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:15 PM   #20
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If your tongue weight is less than what your truck will do without the wd hitch, I would take it off. Your ride will never be as good with spring bars as without it. I pulled a camper about your size before I got my new one and I have a F250 and The old one pulled way better without the WD hitch.
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