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Old 01-25-2019, 12:17 AM   #1
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Is it OK....

Is it OK to tow my trailer around town without hooking up the WDH spring arms? I need to take it a couple of miles to get new tires.

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Old 01-25-2019, 01:04 AM   #2
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It's probably not advised but you haven't given us enough info. What are you pulling? How much does it weigh? What are you pulling with? What are its towing specs? How fast will you be going?
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:23 AM   #3
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How hard is it for you to fully hook up? Takes me less than 3-4 minutes. I never pull mine unless fully hooked up. I like optimum control of my trailer at all times, most other drivers have no consideration for the extra length/weight we are pulling.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:29 AM   #4
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If your not going above 30 mph and on city streets it should be fine. But if you have to go on a highway or over 30. Then yes take the time and hook it up proper.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:10 AM   #5
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If the combination is stable and TW reasonable then yes you can. I consider my combo very stable so I tow mine 10 miles on the highway from storage to home and back at 60 mph without any problems. To be honest it tows better without any WD at all.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:47 AM   #6
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The answer is found in the manual for your tow vehicle.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:48 AM   #7
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The answer is found in the manual for your tow vehicle.
I have a F150 and the trailer weighs 4000 lbs with a tonge weight of 400 lbs. The manual for the truck says I neeed a WDH for tounge weight over 500 lbs.

I think I will be fine, I am going to test it around the block. I am just going 4 miles to the tire place, top speed 35 mph.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:58 AM   #8
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II think I will be fine, I am going to test it around the block.
A better check - do a quick measure of your truck before hooking up. Measure from the top of the front wheel well opening to the ground. Then hook up. If the measurement doesn't increase by much, say under 1.5 inches you will probably be fine.
Big issue is unloading weight from the front wheels. No weight on the wheels, no steering.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:07 PM   #9
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You'll probably be ok with that setup but it will handle different. Rear sag, bumps, etc.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:08 PM   #10
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I would not tow without the bars at any speed faster than I would be willing to hit a tree at.

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Old 01-25-2019, 12:18 PM   #11
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That short of distance in town should be fine. No need to over think things.



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Old 01-25-2019, 12:47 PM   #12
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I towed my work trailer, averaged 4K with at least 500LBS of tongue weight, with a 1/2 ton chevy short bed for 6 years. Never a problem with no WD. I think you are more than fine. Just remember it will feel different without the bars.
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:16 PM   #13
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I have a F150 and the trailer weighs 4000 lbs with a tonge weight of 400 lbs. The manual for the truck says I neeed a WDH for tounge weight over 500 lbs.

I think I will be fine, I am going to test it around the block. I am just going 4 miles to the tire place, top speed 35 mph.

Based on your set-up, you're absolutely fine without hooking up your WDH bars for a few miles around town.

My trailer is about 2 miles form my home and I never use the WDH bars when shuttling it to and from storage.
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Towed mine to the dealer without it. 10 miles, city streets only.
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I have a F150 and the trailer weighs 4000 lbs with a tonge weight of 400 lbs. The manual for the truck says I neeed a WDH for tounge weight over 500 lbs.
I'm guessing that you are using fictional brochure "dry" weights.
Those numbers are based on a stripped-down version of the trailer, not a real trailer.
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My tt is stored indoors about a mile and a half from my home. When I need to do any work on it, or we are planning on a camping trip the following week, I bring it home. I don't go over 50-55 mph. I've never had an issue...
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