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Old 02-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Do I need a WDH and sway control?

This may sound stupid. I'm picking up my 21fbrs the first of next month. I will be pulling 1500 miles south. I have a 2011 silverado with a tow package. Question is do I need a WDH and a sway control? Had MH for 20 yrs. Don't know mutch about towing. 1500 lt 3.73 gear 4.8 v8
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Since your combination is a "done deal," I think you will be happier and safer with a good quality weight distribution hitch with 4 point sway control.

I like the Equalizer brand hitches.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:40 PM   #3
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Get a WDH, you'll enjoy it.
I use a Reese WDH with the Dual Cam setup.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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X2 on the Reese setup. Mine worked flawlessly once setup properly. I like it because by design, it's always working to prevent sway vs. reacting to sway. Just my $.02, good luck with whatever you choose, but I'd definitely have wd and sway control.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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yes and don't get a cheap one or you will getting two like me. The two that were just listed our good choices.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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Yes go with it. it is safer.we use it If you do any interstate driving you will see the diff. I have a 2012 model of what you are buying And we like it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:09 PM   #7
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It wasn't clear if you were asking if you need a WDH at all or just a WDH with or without sway control. As for whether or not you need a WDH, take a look at the truck manual or the sticker near the receiver. It will list the weight allowed for "Weight Carrying" and "Weight Distributing". Your trailer has a GVWR of 4,700lbs so, depending on how much you load, your tongue weight may be close to 550-650lbs. Some receivers only go up to 500 or 600 lbs for weight carrying. Meaning, you would need a WDH.

I also recommend an integrated system like the Equal-i-zer. You can get away with a WDH with a sway bar but its kind of a hassle.
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there's no way i'd tow a full-height TT that far, with a 1/2 ton truck, without a good WDH with sway control.

i love my Equal-i-zer but the Reese Dual-Cam is also well loved.

did you already get a brake controller?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:52 PM   #9
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do i need it

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Yes go with it. it is safer.we use it If you do any interstate driving you will see the diff. I have a 2012 model of what you are buying And we like it.
I need to get back to TX, which is 1500 mi before i install it. Do you think it will be safe enough.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:54 AM   #10
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I need to get back to TX, which is 1500 mi before i install it. Do you think it will be safe enough.
This is not a good plan IMHO. Get the hitch installed at the time of pick-up. It only takes a couple of hours to install and you'll be very thankful on that 1500 mile drive home.

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:06 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone

I was trying to save alittle money. A friend is bringing his hitch the end of March. I'm picking tt first week of March. It's clear what I need to do. Again thanks everyone for the input.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:23 AM   #12
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Good call ! The only time I tow my trailer with the equalizer bars in place is from storage to my home or back which is around 6 miles, and I feel the difference. I also do not put them on when I take the trailer to my local dealer, which is 4 miles. And that is the extend of it, all small country roads. Anything more and it is the whole setup.

Congratulations on your TT and have a safe trip !
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #13
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Thanks Again

I'm sure that the folks who have been towing understand. I was asking some off the people that hang with. Not sure if they know. If i don't know, i like to get as much input as possible.
Thanks again for everyones input.
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X2 on the Reese setup. Mine worked flawlessly once setup properly. I like it because by design, it's always working to prevent sway vs. reacting to sway. Just my $.02, good luck with whatever you choose, but I'd definitely have wd and sway control.
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Check out the thread "Still not believing this happened". It will give you an idea what can happen if not using a proper WDH with sway control.
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