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Old 07-18-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
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which wdh??

I'm looking for advice on which weight distribution hitch to get. I would be using it with a 2014 Rockwood 1910 being towed by a Ford Flex fwd. Any help would be much appreciated!!
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:12 PM   #2
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Not sure what you are planning on spending, but now that I have my ProPride hitch, I will probably never go with anything else. The comfort and stability of the trailer is unmatched. But at $2500, it's a lot to fork out.

I have my old (only used 1 season) Husky with dual friction bars if you are interested.
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:51 PM   #3
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A WDH does not function properly on a single axle trailer such as yours. WDH function by forcing weight back to the rear axle of the double axle trailer and up the chassis of the truck to the front. Without a second axle to push back on the WDH will essentially do nothing for you, except cost money.

What problem are you having that you are thinking a WDH will solve? Maybe there is another solution.
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Old 07-19-2015, 04:37 PM   #4
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I'm looking for advice on which weight distribution hitch to get. I would be using it with a 2014 Rockwood 1910 being towed by a Ford Flex fwd. Any help would be much appreciated!!
You don't need one. Besides, your Flex is probably equipped with a Class 2 hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. You'll have a tough time finding a WDH for a Class 2 hitch simply because nobody makes them. They're not required for the load limits of that hitch (typically 3500 lbs trailer weight/350 lbs on the ball). Check the owner's manual for the Flex.

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Old 07-20-2015, 02:02 AM   #5
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The Flex has a class 3 hitch. 4500Lbs and 450 tongue weight. 2 inch receiver. I'm not happy with the rear end sag. I keep all the heavy stuff to the rear of the axle and dont load much in the front storage box. I'm not over loading the rear of the car either. I don't really want to add helper bags or air shocks. I thought a wdh would help.
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The Flex has a class 3 hitch. 4500Lbs and 450 tongue weight. 2 inch receiver. I'm not happy with the rear end sag. I keep all the heavy stuff to the rear of the axle and dont load much in the front storage box. I'm not over loading the rear of the car either. I don't really want to add helper bags or air shocks. I thought a wdh would help.
Roger that - I stand corrected. I forgot how big the Flex is. Don't see many around these parts (the one that nearly ran me off the road last year excepted). Still, your 1910, even loaded to the hilt, will not have enough weight to properly counteract the sag in the Flex through a WDH system and in fact could impart some undesirable handling characteristics in your camper. Unfortunately, the best solution appears to be the one you're not too crazy about.

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Old 07-20-2015, 01:55 PM   #7
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The Flex has a class 3 hitch. 4500Lbs and 450 tongue weight. 2 inch receiver. I'm not happy with the rear end sag. I keep all the heavy stuff to the rear of the axle and dont load much in the front storage box. I'm not over loading the rear of the car either. I don't really want to add helper bags or air shocks. I thought a wdh would help.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few posters in this section who have no recent or real world experience with PUPs and A-frames. Some of the information they post is misleading, or just plain wrong, because of the differences between PUPs and travel trailers.

You can certainly get a WDH for your Rockwood/Flex, and yes it will help a great deal with the back end sag, improve your ride, and help prevent sway (the most dangerous towing condition, IMHO). And yes, contrary to a post, WDH works just as well with single axle trailers as with tandem axle trailers.

I owned a 2000 Coleman Westlake (12ft box), towed with a 1993 Ford Explorer and no WDH - and it was miserable. Sway usually began at 62 MPH, and driving I-80 over Emigrant Pass (we camped at Lake Tahoe every summer for 8 years) was a white-knuckled experience.

Last year, we bought a 2014 Rockwood A122 (12ft box A-frame) to be towed by our 2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan). When I test drove the combo at the dealership (no WDH) as part of the delivery, there was pretty significant porpoising - rear of minivan and camper bouncing up and down - even at 25-30 mph speeds.

I went back inside, and talked to the parts guys, mechanics, and sales. They agreed on an Equalizer E2 600/6000, and installed it for $330, and dialed it in pretty well. The difference was phenominal - the minivan rode very close to stock, there was no sway in cross-winds at 75 mph, and the minivan rear end had a reasonable ground clearance. My wife was even comfortable driving while towing at 65 mph in 30 mph cross-winds across Nebraska on I-80 - and I slept while she drove.

The 600/6000 was chosen because there wasn't room on the trailer frame for the recommended installation position of the L-brackets that hold the bars. We ended up at about 28" (29"-32" recommended), so used the heavier 600/6000 instead of the 400/4000 model. Even then, the propane tank platform had to be raised an inch to install the brackets.

I would never tow a 2000+ lb camper with a soft suspension vehicle without WDH again - it really is that good.

Yes, they do make WDH for small rigs, and yes, they will likely do what you want. I have no experience outside of Equalizer, but I do enjoy the combined WDH and anti-sway of the Equalizer. It is very easy to hook up and remove by raising the tongue jack to relieve pressure on the bars.

The 2 drawbacks of the Equalizer are the weight of the hitch head, and the groaning of the bars in the brackets while cornering at low speeds (never heard above 25 mph). But the groaning sound means the anti-sway is working, and I'm good with it.

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I second that. Being new to this Pup thing I wanted to wait till someone else got in here to verify or dispel the notion that a WDH system would be beneficial. I have the Equalizer 600/6000 installed on a HW276 that loads out at around 3800. I have no doubt mine does in my application and thought some of the responses were a bit off in their assessment.

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OP, it appears that Fred has perhaps touched on a solution that may work for you. Many of the WDH suppliers do manufacture so-called light duty WDH systems but they usually bottom out for trailer weights of 4K lbs. Nevertheless, it might be worth some poking around although I'd be hesitant to put on 600 lb WDH bar on a camper with a 300 lb tongue weight. Ball's in your court.
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Good info Fred, and thanks for the correction.

As for real world experience, I only have this:

I owned a 2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and a 2015 Rockwood Premier 2317G. After driving to Outer Banks from Ohio I returned to the dealer and asked if I was a candidate for a WDH, as I noticed some porpoising and rear end sag on my truck. THEY were the ones who told me that WDH rely on having the rear axle of a dual axle trailer to work properly. THEY explained that with nothing behind the single axle to force weight on to then I would basically be paying them for snake oil. They said they'd be happy to take my money and install a WDH, if it would give me piece of mind, but it wouldn't actually be doing anything. That said, they did ask me if I had any issues with sway, which I did not. They said if I did have sway issues then a WDH with sway control would be appropriate, not to distribute weight, but to combat the sway.

So, that's where I based my reply on, just passing on information I got from a Rockwood/Equal-izer dealer :/
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